For Immediate Release
March 23, 2016
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARCH 22, 2016 COUNCIL MEETING
2417 Dobbin Road Rezoning
Council gave first and second readings to a rezoning application for a key gateway property in Westbank Centre. The application is to rezone 2417 Dobbin Road (Highway 97 North) from Single Detached Residential (R1) to Urban Centre Commercial (C1) to facilitate a medical office building development on the site. The four parcels were recently consolidated to create the subject property which is currently vacant after five dilapidated buildings on the site were recently demolished. The proposed rezoning is consistent with the Official Community Plan and the Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan.
Water Supply Update
Council was provided a water supply update, particularly in light of last year’s drought conditions. City of West Kelowna staff have been measuring snowpack levels at lslaht (Horseshoe) Lake dating back to 1982. lslaht Lake is in the upper portion of the Powers Creek watershed. The data measured is fairly consistent with the numbers from the Province of BC’s River Forecast Centre indicating that snowpack is 128% of normal and the snow water equivalent was 109% of normal. Council was advised that, although snowpack levels are currently favourable for water storage levels, staff will continue to monitor the situation closely. Snowpack is only one measure of predicting stream flows. Warmer than normal temperatures are expected to continue into the summer months and this will have an impact on the spring freshet and stream flow levels. Water conservation will continue to be of high importance in 2016. Staff is currently working with Urban Systems on a water rate study which will make further recommendations on water conservation measures over and above what was done in 2015. The study will come back to Council for further input later this spring. Staff will make the determination next month if watering restrictions above Stage 1 will be necessary to start the irrigation season. West Kelowna is always at Stage 1 water restrictions unless it is deemed necessary to elevate restrictions. Stage 1 restrictions require that watering is permitted for even numbered addresses on even numbered calendar days and odd numbered addresses on odd numbered calendar days. Staff have also begun work on a Drought Management Plan. For more information on Stage 1 regulations, please go to www.westkelownacity.ca/sprinklingregulations.