RDOS Alternative Approval Processes Conclude
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) recently concluded four alternative approval processes (AAPs), all of which were supported in moving forward.
The alternative approval process requires that 10% or more of eligible voters submit official opposition forms against the proposed service in order to prevent the proposal from moving forward. If there is less than 10% opposition, the proposed services are then established through bylaw.
The two AAPs that impact Area "F" are:
West Bench Soil Removal and Disposition Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2966, 2022
Number of eligible electors within the proposed service area: 2,966
Number of elector response forms needed to prevent adoption of the bylaw: 1,489
Valid elector response forms received before the deadline: 2
Next steps: Draft a regulation bylaw for RDOS Board consideration
Mosquito Control Cost Recovery Method Bylaw No. 2962, 2022
Number of eligible electors within the proposed service area: 70,247
Number of elector response forms needed to prevent adoption of the bylaw: 7,024
Valid elector response forms received before the deadline: 0
Next steps: Include in 2023-2028 Five Year Financial Plan budget process
KVR Trail in lower West Bench
I had a few questions around this article, specifically around the portion of the KVR that goes through lower West Bench. For years, this portion of the trail has been held by CP Rail and was under an 'additions to reserve' process (a federal process). The Western article prompted a bit of research and it appears that the trail has now been transferred back to PIB. The RDOS is not part of this conversation as the RD has no ownership of or influence over the trail.
The PIB and the RDOS does have a shared use agreement in place for the channel parkway. The agreement is for five-years. The PIB is aware the the RD is interested in partnering on the trail that runs through lower West Bench. I personally hope the RD is invited to the table for further discussions but until the RD is invited, we need to be patient. The reality is, the RD does not own the land and we do not know what the PIB has in mind for the trail.
What does that mean for trail users today? The KVR that runs through lower West Bench is private land. It always has been private land and as the Western article states, "You are trespassing if you walk on this trail without the permission of the Band."
I know that is a very unsatisfactory answer for many of the trail users but that is the status of the trail today.
Thanks all. Enjoy your summer.
Let me know if you have any questions.