August 9, 2016
Helicopter Noise Solutions Sought
A delegation of concerned residents asked Mayor and Council to resolve noise issues related to helicopters flying low overhead in the vicinity of homes in the Sussex Road subdivision. Council voted unanimously in support of Mayor Findlater writing a letter to Transport Canada, the Prime Minister’s Office, local MPs Stephen Fuhr and Dan Albas, and the BC Ministry of Agriculture. The letter will ask what if any controls the municipality can impose on the helicopter industry.
Referendum Communications Plan Unveiled
PR Media Strategic Communications has been hired to provide information to the public in advance of the September 17, 2016 City Hall Referendum. The firm will provide information to electors across multiple media platforms in a timely fashion in the weeks leading up to general voting day.
Strategic Priorities Take New Approach
A new, trial approach will be taken in establishing Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2017. The first eight annual Strategic Priorities have been conducted in-house with staff assisting Council. Next year’s sessions will be coordinated by a contractor, who will assist staff in conducting the process with Council. Bringing in an external consultant will bring a new perspective to the process. The contract will not exceed $10,000.
Development Permit Issued for 2331 Tallus Ridge Drive
Development and Development Variance Permits have been issued to allow the construction of a 12-unit multi-family project at the corner Tallus Ridge Drive and Shannon Lake Road, in accordance with the Official Community Plan. The development will be designed to accommodate the future construction of a roundabout at Tallus Ridge Drive and Shannon Lake Road; the developers previously dedicated some of their property toward the roundabout construction. Variances will allow for added building elevations to accommodate rooftop patios and a reduction in buffers between the building site and the adjacent agricultural land given that a steep slope exists between the two properties.
Fire Weather Station Approved
New forest fire prevention measures are being undertaken in 2016 and 2017. Council has directed staff to apply to the Province of British Columbia’s Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative seeking $18,000 for an updated of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The plan will provide mapping and analysis indicating which areas of the City of West Kelowna will require mitigation treatment over the next few years. The plan was created in 2009 and is due to be updated. In addition to the plan update, Council has approved the purchase of a $28,000 fire weather station and annual maintenance costs of $1,250. The station will provide accurate fire hazard ratings for the City of West Kelowna. The closest stations are currently in Penticton and Fintry. The Province of British Columbia has agreed to integrate the analysis of meteorological data into their current operations and report daily to West Kelowna Fire Rescue on the fire hazard readings and post on the BC Wildfire Management Branch website. Council has also provided support, in principle, for the creation of a Community Fire Break between forested areas and residential developments in the City of West Kelowna.