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Posted on: May 11, 2016

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Council Meeting
May 10, 2016

Alternative Approval Process Results – City Hall Next Steps

Council was presented with the results of the Alternative Approval Process conducted between March 23 and May 3. West Kelowna voters were asked to approve the City borrowing up to $10.5 million for the construction of a City Hall, part of the larger West Kelowna Civic Centre project. The number of elector response forms submitted in opposition to the borrowing was 3,871, more than the 2,603 (10% of eligible voters) that was required to prevent the borrowing.

After discussion surrounding the options before Council which included either holding a referendum on the matter or not proceeding and terminating the project, Council agreed to unanimously proceed to a referendum, however, Council further requested that staff seek an extension to the time period required by legislation to hold the referendum. Under the Local Government Act, the City would have to hold the referendum within 80 days after May 3, which would mean the referendum would be held in the summer. Council agreed this was not an ideal time to hold a vote and, instead, requested the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development be asked agree to an extension of a further 80 days to allow the referendum to be held in September. Council further directed that the developer of the West Kelowna Civic Centre, Strategic Development Group, and Interior Health be asked to agree to this extension.

Hebert Road Easement

Council approved an easement over a 259.6 m2 portion of Westbank Centre Park for access purposes to a property at 2605 Hebert Road. The easement was provided at the purchase price of $4,400. This amount will be deposited in the City’s Land Sale Reserve Fund in accordance with the City’s Land Disposal Policy.

Glenrosa/Salmon Road Comprehensive Development Plan

Council gave first two readings to an Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment to facilitate residential neighbourhood plan fronting Glenrosa and Salmon Roads that proposes 118 single family and low density multiple family homes. This Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is being driven by three individual property owners who wish to develop their lands. The proposed
CDP involves 1.22 hectares of land of which 81% is to be developed with the remainder retained as parks space or natural area. The development includes an internal walking trail system that provides pedestrian connectivity between the development and nearby Helen Gorman Elementary School. The applicant would also upgrade Glenrosa Road fronting the subject properties to an urban standard. The application will now be scheduled for a public hearing. Future Zoning Bylaw amendments will also need to be taken to a public hearing. Council further requested that the applicant host a second public information meeting.

Sign Bylaw

Council adopted a new Sign Bylaw for the City, which revised the current Sign Bylaw to increase user efficiency and clarity. The new Bylaw maintains the regulatory framework of the previous bylaw with a few minor regulatory changes including lighting regulations intended to reduce impacts on surrounding properties and vehicular traffic. Corresponding amendments to the City’s Bylaw Notice Enforcement and Ticket Information bylaws were also adopted.

Vacant & Abandoned Buildings Bylaw

Council adopted the City’s Vacant and Abandoned Buildings Bylaw which is intended to reduce the risk of fire, safety hazards, and urban blight and to improve the cosmetic, economic and social development of the community, by regulating vacant and abandoned buildings that remain inactive for extended periods of time. The bylaw requires owners to obtain a permit within 30 days of a building standing vacant and abandoned, provide proof of insurance of the property and secure and maintain the building to the standards set out in the bylaw. If the building is remediated or demolished within six months of the permit being issued, a portion of the fee would be reimbursed.

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