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LAST UPDATE October 27, 2014

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Make a comment on local agriculture.  What do you think of agricultural land being given up for sports fields?  Once a sports field is made, we doubt it would ever go back to being agricultural!

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.pdf icon Chair and Vice Chair of SIR 2014

Director Duane Ophus, RDCO (West Kelowna) and Director Allan Patton, RDOS (Electoral Area "c" Rural Oliver) were elected on February 7, 2014 as SIR Board Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. All regional district appointments remain the same as 2013

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Agricultural Advisory Commission 2014

.pdf icon Item 5.1 2014 Committee Appointments

Bob Fugger (exp. Nov 2015)
Lisa Cameron (exp Nov.2015)
Eveline Irons (exp Feb 2016)
Victor Macdonald (exp Feb 2015)
Emma Rantucci(exp Feb 2015)
Molly Thurston (exp Dec 2016)
Carl Withler (advisory only)

Sterile Insect Release Board
Colin Basran
Duane Ophus
Gail Given (1st alternate)

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.pdf icon Agricultural Advisory Commission Member 2014

The Regional Board has re-appointed Molly Thurston to the Agricultural Advisory Commission. She’s been Chair for the past three years and will serve an additional three-year term until December 2016. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Board and reviews agricultural-related applications and issues.

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.pdf icon Agricultural Advisory Commission Members 2013

The Regional Board has reappointed two members of the Agricultural Advisory Commission. Serving an additional three year term are Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Board and reviews agricultural related applications and issues.

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.pdf icon Agricultural Advisory Commission Members 2011

Lisa Cameron (exp Nov 2012)
Tony Cetinski (exp June 2011)
Glen Deacoff (exp June 2011)
Bob Fugger (exp Nov 2012)
Margarita Littley (exp Dec 2012)
Tim Munson (exp Sept 2011)
Carl Withler (Ministry staff-no appointment)

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RDCO Agricultural Plan
The Community Services Planning Section has completed the development of an Agricultural Plan involving the public, advisory committees and staff.

.pdf icon Final Agricultural Plan (55 pages) June 2005

.pdf icon Final Agricultural Plan Maps (17 pages, 6.6 MB) June 2005

.pdf icon Final Background Report (July 2005, 79 pages, 7.9 MB)

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The New Face of Agriculture

http://farmcountryrvpark.com/

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In a press release, the B.C. government states, "Honey bees may be tiny creatures, but their work has a big $200-million impact on farming in B.C., that's why it has declared May 29, 'Day of the Honey Bee.

Visit the B.C. Honey Producers Association online: http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/

For more information about B.C.'s apiculture industry see: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/index.htm

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 In June 2005, a tour was held and the three organizations produced a document called 'Strengthening Farming in the Central Okanagan and Kelowna' (16 pages, 1.6 MB)

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R. v. Pooni and Pooni, 2007 BCPC 202 (CanLII)
Date: 2007-05-02
Docket: 64320
Citation: R. v. Pooni and Pooni, 2007 BCPC 202 (CanLII)

[34] It is pretty clear that with this type of orchard where there is a nursery, that there is some work to be performed most months of the year, even though there are clearly some months, particularly in the winter, when there is no work, but I do not find that the bylaw is so narrow as to say that those employees cannot be living in the mobile home during the non-seasonal work times.

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

 

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

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Corporate Administration
Extensive support provided for Fringe Area Planning, 911 and Dispatch
Review projects;
Completion of preliminary budgets for Sterile Insect Release Board and Okanagan Basin Water Board;
Clean Audit Reports for RDCO, CORHD, SIR and OBWB;
Concluded Regional, Electoral Area & Fringe Area Planning Service Review;
Completed Leadership Training Program & Violence in the Workplace
Training with all staff (WorkSafe Bill 14 - Bullying and Harassment Legislation);
Preparing for the upcoming CUPE Collective Agreement Negotiations.
Current contract expires December 31, 2014;

Looking forward to the 4th Quarter
• Elections
• Fringe Planning Review
• Parks Review
• Fire Dispatch Project
• Completion of 2014 Initiatives and Projects

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be November 13th, 2014.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 5.2 Sterile Insect Release Program Highlights September

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.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Sterile Insect Release Program Highlights September

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No Tax Increase - Requisition Set for 2015:

External Review of the OKSIR Program:

A Benefit-Cost Analysis of the OKSIR Program Report Completed:

New Zealand Pilot Project Using OKSIR Sterile Codling Moths:

Apple Clearwing Moth Survey:

2014 Season - Preliminary Data:

Penticton OKSIR Office Moving:

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.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5.2 Sterile Insect Release Board Meeting Highlights - Sept. 12, 2014 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Board's meeting highlights of September 12, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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Finance &Administration Services:

003 - Finance
Finance completed the 2014 budget in a timely fashion and the 2014-2018 Financial Plan was adopted March 28, 2014. The 2013 audits for Regional District, Hospital District, and contracted Sterile Insect Release Program & Okanagan Basin Water Board were completed and all received clean Management Letters from the auditors BOO Canada LLP.
The Regional District has entered into a ten year Community Works Fund Agreement with the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), which administers the Federal Gas Tax funding program with the Canada and BC governments. Under the new agreement, the RD is eligible for bi-annual payments of $320,835 for 2014 and 2015.
The number of website payments has continued to significantly increase with implementation of the Online Dog License website renewals. To June 30, 2014, 5,846 online payments were made totaling $296,347 compared to June 30, 2013 with 2,442 payments totaling $223,270. Effective June 2014, Septic billing payments are no longer accepted online.
Senior Accounting Coordinator/Systems Analyst implemented training for the newly launched Vadim Explorer in addition to streamlining the online payment processes for Dog Control, Alarm Control and Business Licenses. New for 2014, journal vouchers entered into the General Ledger have documentation scanned and attached to the voucher for electronic referencing.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30, 2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well
informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 7.3 Guide To Site Specific Amendment Application Process For Medical Marijuana Production Facilities

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.pdf icon Item 7.3 Guide To Site Specific Amendment Application Process For Medical Marijuana Production Facilities

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Purpose:
To consider endorsement of the attached guide for site specific amendment applications that propose medical marihuana production facilities not meeting provisions of Zoning Bylaw No. 871 or Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning Services

7.1 Ministry of Agriculture Consultation - Agricultural Land Commission Act: Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated September 2, 2014 outlined the consultation process regarding potential changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act. Further to the July 22,2014 session, attendees were encouraged to provide written submission for consideration. Due to the Ministry's deadline restrictions, and that it is important that the region provide one collaborative written submission, the Central Okanagan requested to provide input after the deadline. The Ministry confirmed that they would receive and give due consideration to the comments from the Central Okanagan.

EDGSON/GIVEN
THAT the Community Services Department report on the Agricultural Land Commission Act: Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation dated September 2, 2014 which includes the collaborative comments and recommendations from the Regional District of Central Okanagan and member municipality staff be forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon Item 7.1 Ministry Of Agriculture Consultation Agricultural Land Commission Act

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Purpose:
To consider a request from the development proponent for a one-year extension to the rezoning application. The intent of the associated bylaw amendment is to add the CD-6 Crystal Mountain Comprehensive Development - Phase 1 Zone into Zoning Bylaw No. 871 and to zone the subject Phase 1 lands accordingly.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning Services

7.1 Ministry of Agriculture Consultation - Agricultural Land Commission Act: Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated September 2, 2014 outlined the consultation process regarding potential changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act. Further to the July 22, 2014 session, attendees were encouraged to provide written submission for consideration. Due to the Ministry's deadline restrictions, and that it is important that the region provide one collaborative written submission, the Central Okanagan requested to provide input after the deadline. The Ministry confirmed that they would receive and give due consideration to the comments from the Central Okanagan.

EDGSON/GIVEN
THAT the Community Services Department report on the Agricultural Land Commission Act: Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation dated September 2, 2014 which includes the collaborative comments and recommendations from the Regional District of Central Okanagan and member municipality staff be forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Sterile Insect Release Board Report - June 20,2014

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Board Report of June 20,2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon May 26, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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6.2 Sterile Insect Release Board Meeting Highlights - May 9, 2014 (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Sterile Insect Release Board meeting highlights of May 9, 2014

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 28, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There is no Highlights of the Board Meeting for Budget Meetings for some reason??  There wasn't any for last years budget meeting either.

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.pdf icon March 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No 871 215 - for temporary worker agricultural dwellings

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No 871 222 - for marijuana

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Joe Rich Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No 1195 09 - for marijuana

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.pdf icon March 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning:

Bylaw: Adoption

5.1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-215 for Regional District of Central Okanagan (applicant) to amend the text and mapping of Zoning Bylaw No. 871,2000 (Z12/05) Central Okanagan West and East Electoral Areas (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff noted the bylaw was amended on March 24 removing Schedule 'B' from the bylaw as staff have been unable to speak to the landowner prior to Public Hearing.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-215 (application Z12/05) be adopted as amended, this 28th day of March 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Bylaw: (First Reading)

5.2 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-222 for Regional District of Central Okanagan (applicant) to include medical marijuana regulations in Zoning Bylaw No. 871, 2000 (Z14/02) Central Okanagan West and East Electoral Areas (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 19, 2014 outlined the text amendments to Zoning Bylaw No. 871 to regulate medical marijuana production facilities within rural and agricultural zones.

Staff noted that due to the potential for 'use' being located inappropriately a 'do nothing' approach is not recommended. It is understood that the present regulatory environment is uncertain for local governments, and bylaws created over this process may need to be amended pending further discussions with federal and provincial governments. The RDCO is one of very few local governments that have no bylaw amendment in process.

RDCO has received 6 letters of intent (2 in Central Okanagan West and 4 in Central Okanagan East). Letters have been provided to each of the individuals outlining the zoning amendment bylaw.

The question was raised if there are buffering provisions included in the amendment, or is the setback sufficient? Staff noted there is no buffering required. Site specific requests may be considered. At this time, staff has no confirmation from Health Canada as to status in the approval process.

HANSON/FIELDING
THAT Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-222 (application Z14/02) be given first reading this 28th day of March 2014;
AND FURTHER THAT the application be scheduled for a Public Hearing.

CARRIED Unanimously

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5.3 Joe Rich Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1195-09 for the Regional District of Central Okanagan (applicant) to amend the text of the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195,2007 (RLUB-13-02) Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 19, 2014 outlined the text amendments to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw to regulate medical marijuana production facilities within rural and agricultural zones in the Joe Rich area.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT Joe Rich Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1195-09 (application RLUB13- 02) be given first reading this 28th day of March 2014;
AND FURTHER THAT the application be scheduled for a Public Hearing.

CARRIED Unanimously

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1000 legal pot growers to be shut down
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 109690 - Feb 25, 2014

At the present time there are more than 1,000 licenced medical marijuana grow operations within the city of Kelowna.

In a letter sent to the city last year, Health Canada informed the City there are currently 841 people licenced to grow medical marijuana for personal use and another 181 active licences allowing people to grow for themselves and up to four other people.

New Health Canada rules will force them to shut down by the end of March.

To prepare for the inevitable growth of new operations, Kelowna City Council put forth a series of new zoning and bylaw regulations concerning the growing and distribution of medical marijuana.

According to Health Canada the new regulations, set to take affect April 1, will treat marijuana as much as possible like any other narcotic used for medical purposes by creating conditions for a new, commercial industry that is responsible for its production and distribution.

Those conditions, regulating health and safety and also where facilities could or could not be located, are being left to individual municipalities across the country.

At the present time medical marijuana operations can be located anywhere within a city as long as the operator has a licence for production from Health Canada.

Monday, Kelowna City Council approval a text amendment to zoning bylaw 8000 permitting medical marijuana production facilities only in I2 (General Industrial), I3 (Heavy Industrial) and I4 (Central Industrial) zones.

Other industrial zones such as I1, I5 and I6 were not included, although Councillor Andre Blanleil did question the exclusion of I1 (Business Industrial).


Environment & Land Use Manager, Todd Cashin, says staff was looking for industrial zones that provided the least amount of conflict with typical users within those zones.

"When staff was looking through the different uses I1 definitely came up...it was on the bubble," says Cashin.

"If you review the existing I1 zones that are out there today there are a lot of regular type businesses - a lot less on the true industrial use side. Some are closer to residential areas and the I1's, in some cases, had a bit more opportunities for conflict so staff left it off."

Some of the primary land uses in the I1 zone include animal clinics, care facilities, child care while I2 has automotive, warehousing and production facilities, things that look and feel like what the city feels the marijuana production facilities will look like.

A second text amendment was also approved to prohibit medical marijuana production facilities from all Agriculture 1 (A1) zones by amending the definition of agriculture.

Councillor Robert Hobson supported the direction council has taken in eliminating the possibility of of these facilities within the agricultural zone.

"This is an industrial use and not an agricultural use that requires the kinds of servicing and road access that an industrial property would require," says Hobson.

"It's (marijuana) not an outdoor crop like corn. To me it makes sense to focus on industrial areas."

Greg Wise, Kelowna's bylaws manager, says the Medical Marijuana Producer Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw mirrors those of Health Canada.

Those include:
•The applicant is obligated to ensure the location of the medical marijuana production facility meets all applicable stipulations of the City of Kelowna Zoning Bylaw 8000
•The applicant is obligated to obtain the required permits prior to commencement of any building, plumbing, natural gas, propane and electrical installations on any development site or building
•All new construction and tenant improvements must comply with the BC Building code, BC Fire Code and City of Kelowna Building Bylaw, Plumbing, Gas, Development Cost Charges, and Life Safety Bylaws

Submission of:
•A ventilation plan used to control the environment detailing how such system(s) prevents the escape of pollen, and other particles through exhausted air ensuring no odours leaving the premises can be detected by a person with a normal sense of smell at the exterior of the premises
•A plan that specifies the methods to be used to prevent the growth of harmful mould and achieve compliance with limitations on discharge into the waste water system of the City
•A security and exterior lighting plan consistent with the requirements of the Health Canada MMPR regulations, including monitored alarm system
•A plan of the placement and use of security cameras consistent with the Health Canada MMPR regulations
•A storage plan for the medical marijuana produced and/or otherwise stored on the Premises
•A plan for disposal of any medical marijuana or Infused marijuana that is not consumed by patients in a manner that protects any portion thereof being possessed or ingested by any person or animal
•A plan for packaging and delivery of medical marijuana to patients, including the loading and transport of product
•Provide a signed declaration that no pesticides or other toxic substance shall be used in medical marijuana production and that the operation will meet the Health Canada Technical Specifications for Dried Marihuana for Medical Purposes document
•A Copy of the Heath Canada Medical Marijuana Producer licence
•The names of every individual employed in the MMPR business and provide updates within 72 hrs. of any change in personnel
•Documentation that the applicant and all employees have passed an RCMP criminal records check on an annual basis
•The premises must be cleaned to the standard contained in the Nuisance Controlled Substance Bylaw 9510, as amended or replaced from time to time
•City may inspect at any time to confirm any and all conditions are being met
•Failure to meet any of the conditions will be grounds for a business licence suspension hearing [staff decision] or business licence revocation hearing [council decision]

Councillor Colin Basran did have some concerns with the provision allowing the city to inspect a facility at any time wondering if the RCMP would be accompanying staff members.

"Like with any business in our community there are those that are owned by very reputable people with good intentions and those that aren't," says Basran.

"I have some real concerns with our employees who are unarmed going into facilities that could potentially be run by people with not necessarily the best of intentions."

While businesses wanting to operate a production facility are required to undergo stringent background checks for themselves and all employees, City Clerk Stephen Fleming says if a bylaw officer feels there is an issue with their safety or public safety an RCMP member would come along.

Meantime, council had concerns over the cooperation or lack of from Health Canada in regards to how current facilities that will no longer be operational after March 31 are shut down.

While the RCMP and bylaws are working together to formulate an enforcement plan to ensure these operations are shut down as required by March 31, Health Canada is not providing the locations.

"This is something the RCMP is looking at nationally," says Fleming.

"There is an enforcement plan being worked upon to make sure those properties are subject to our grow-op bylaw where they have to be cleaned to a certain standard once the grow finishes. He have a high number of facilities subject to the bylaw with the challenge that Health Canada won't give us the specific addresses."

This did not sit well with council.

"I really find it discerning about Health Canada and I don't know if they really thought this through," says Maxine DeHart.

"It's really appalling to me and it's worth a discussion."

At the present time, Health Canada has approved eight licences across Canada including two in BC, one on Vancouver Island and the other in Maple Ridge in the Fraser Valley.

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.pdf icon February 24, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Zoning Bylaw Amendments Proposed

The Regional Board has given first reading to proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw No. 871. One of the suggested amendments deals with housing for Temporary Migrant Farm Workers and provides more flexible options that are consistent with the Agricultural Land Commission legislation and the Province’s template for migrant farm worker housing. The key changes include: setback provisions, maximum allowable floor area and confirmation from farm operators that buildings are for seasonal farm worker housing. A Public Hearing will be scheduled and advertised for the proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw. An amendment regarding medical marijuana production facilities was deferred until further information is available from Health Canada and other local governments.

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.pdf icon Item 6.2 Sterile Insect Release Board Highlights

.pdf icon Item 10.3 Zoning Bylaw No 871 Text And Mapping Amendments (marijuana)

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SIR Board Chair and Vice-Chair Elected:
The SIR Board is pleased to announce that Director Duane Ophus, RDCO (West Kelowna) and Director Allan Patton, RDOS (Electoral Area "c" Rural Oliver) were elected on February 7,2014 as SIR Board Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. All regional district appointments remain the same as 2013.

SIR Board Financial Plan for 2014:
The SIR Board gave three readings and adopted Bylaw No. 29, SIR 2014-2018 Five Year Financial Plan which outlines the Board's $3.07 million annual budget. The adoption of this budget confirms that there is no increase in tax requisition to the Regional Districts for 2014 and the parcel tax rate remains at $139.26 per acre of planted codling moth host trees. There has been no increase in tax requisition since 2010.

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Purpose:
This is a Community Services Department initiated text and mapping amendment to Zoning Bylaw No. 871, 2000. The proposed amendments are listed in attached Bylaw No. 871-215 and attached Schedules 'A', 'B' and 'C'.

Executive Summary:
Based on feedback received to date, it is proposed that medical marihuana production facilities be restricted to agricultural and/or larger rural zoned lands. The amendments related to Temporary Agricultural Worker Dwellings/Accommodations are in keeping with provincial guidelines and initiatives that support agricultural operations in the region. The additional housekeeping items respond to highlighted issues identified through day-to-day workings with the Zoning Bylaw.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-215, application Z12/05 be given first reading;
AND FURTHER THAT the application be scheduled for a Public Hearing.

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To date, the RDCO has received five letters from potential applicants: one is zoned A1 and within the ALR, two are zoned RU2, others are zoned in the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw LH and RA and are located within the ALR.

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6.2 Sterile Insect Release Program Board Highlights - February 7,2014 - for information only (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Program Board meeting highlights of February 7, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES

4.1 Regular Board meeting - January 27, 2014
Corrections to the minutes: Bottom of Page 4 - 'RDCO Agriculture Commission' should read 'RDCO Agricultural Advisory Commission'
Page 5 'the land can be approved' should read 'the land can be improved'

ZIMMERMANN/GAMBELL
THAT the regular board meeting minutes of January 27, 2014 be approved as amended.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Land Commission Exclusion Application

The Regional Board has deferred a decision on an application to the Agricultural Land Commission to exclude a property from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The 12.83-hectare property located on Trepanier Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area was impacted by the 2012 Trepanier wildfire. As there are differing opinions about the suitability of land for agriculture from various agencies reviewing the exclusion application, the Regional Board has deferred the final decision to the Land Commission.

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Land Reserve Subdivision Application

The Regional Board has given conditional support to a subdivision application within the Agricultural Land Reserve. The applicant wants Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) approval to subdivide an approximately .28-hectare lot from the 3.95-hectare parcel on Black Road within the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. Board support for the application is conditional on the applicant registering covenants to restrict future additional residences on the property and to advise future purchasers they may be impacted by farm practises. As well, the Board asks that the ALC require appropriate fencing and landscape buffering should it approve the subdivision application.

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.pdf icon January 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning - Agricultural Land Reserve Appeal

9.1 Application to exclude land from the ALR for 955759 BC Ltd. (owner), New Town Planning Services Inc. (agent) located adjacent to Trepanier Road. (A-13-01) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All DirectorsUnweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 20, 2014 outlined the background of an application to exclude land from the ALR. The subject property was highlighted. It is evident that the 2012 Trepanier wildfire damaged a portion of the property but it was noted that an agrologist report provided concludes that crops can be grown on the land under good management. The previous landowner operated an orchard/vineyard on the subject property. The Ministry of Agriculture indicates that the application appears to be a subdivision proposal. Staff has received three letters from neighbouring properties - two in non-support.
• District of Peachland does not support the application noting that the ALC was the appropriate body to make that judgment not Council. Peachland has a policy not to support applications for agriculture exclusion.
• This is a provincial application and is at the RDCO for referral only.
• Zoning and OCP would not change on the property should the ALC approve an exclusion.
• Photos of the property were provided by the agent. The agrologist report provided information on the treed areas. Majority of trees are on the nonALR lands.
• Staff has no information on whether this land is connected to the Trepanier Ditch Water Users.
• Much of the land is similar to other orchard type lands in the region.
• The question was raised as the previous owners have included Crown land in for agricultural use, would that not mean there is agricultural value to the land? Fires can improve the soil.

Agent Keith Funk was in attendance and addressed the Board:
RDCO Agricultural Advisory Commission supported exclusion. Three members of the committee went out and viewed/walked the property.

Damage from the fire was so significant that the soil is destroyed. No organics were there previously. The land is sand and rock. The land is presently class 4 and 5. It does have water, water percolates through the soil.
Previous owner's desperate attempt to grow a vineyard failed and vines were torn out.
Currently the land is a seriously burnt out area.
The agent's impression is that it is highly unlikely to improve the land to a class 3. It would cost a great deal of money and any additional soil would leach through never acquiring the class 3 level.

Board discussion with the agent:
The question was raised--what are the plans for the land should exclusion be granted? It is not known currently. Maybe an application for subdivision in the future.
The agrologist report states it would take a highly skilled and careful farmer to manage the lands. Does not state that this land should be excluded.
About 5% of the property had the soil burnt--the remainder of the land had no soil that could burn.
Neighbourhood comments have said that the previous owner was successful, but if it was successful it would still be in place today. The vines were pulled out. The realtor involved has said the vineyard was not successful.
Will this set a precedent? The neighbouring property owner has said they would also seek exclusion. Each decision is unique onto itself.
The question was raised whether it is reasonable to defer to the ALC? The agrologist report is not definitive--the land can be improved. The ALC is in the business of assessing the property, if they believe it is unfarmable they should be the ones that make that decision. It was acknowledged that it can be difficult nowadays to farm land from scratch. It was further noted that the Board not does support further subdivision in the area.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board defers decision of ALR exclusion application A-13-01 (955759 BC Ltd. & 955867 BC Ltd. - owners I New Town Planning Services Inc. agent) to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC);
AND FURTHER THAT the January 20,2014 report from the Manager of Planning be forwarded to the ALC along with the Board resolution for their information and consideration.

CARRIED (opposed Director Gray)

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9.2 Application for subdivision in the ALR for G. & I. Pires (owners) G. Geen (agent) located adjacent to Black Road. (A-13-02) Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 20, 2014 outlined the application for a home site severance in the ALR. The land owners are requesting support to treat the subdivision request under the Agriculture Land Commission's 'Home Site Severance' Policy. The family purchased the property in 1975 and have diligently farmed the parcel since that time. Referral comments received indicated that the proposed subdivision is unlikely to generate much intrusion on the existing farm unless a new owner also wants a second dwelling for family or farm help that could reduce the productive area.

The land owners would have had to own the land since 1972 in order to have a home site severance without Regional Board approval.
Minimum impact on farm parcel and neighbouring farm operations. ALC would determine appropriate buffering.

G. Geen (applicant's agent) addressed the Board noting:
The owner has died and the property is up for sale. The land is currently not a viable orchard. Buyers would want the newer home removed.
Is the restrictive covenant a concern to the agent or prospective buyers? Vendors have been advised that the ALC would likely come back with an agreement such as this. The only question would be if temporary farm accommodation could be built-this is still a grey area.
Is there a potential for the current buildings to be renovated for farm workers. The agent confirmed that the current building could be renovated.

STACK/HANSON
THAT Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) application A-13-02 (I. Pires -owner/G. Geen - agent) to allow subdivision of a 0.28 ha. Lot from the 3.95 ha. Parcel is supported by the Regional Board subject to:
• Registration of restrictive covenant(s) to not allow additional residences and to advise future purchasers that they may be impacted by normal farm practices; and
• Installation of appropriate fencing/landscape buffering as determined by the ALC.
AND FURTHER THAT the January 20,2014 report from the Manager of Planning be forwarded to the ALC along with the Regional Board resolution for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 16, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 2014 Committee Appointments

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Governance & Services Committee
Robert Hobson (Chair)
Gail Given (Vice Chair)
James Baker
Colin Basran
Jim Edgson
Keith Fielding
Doug Findlater
Walter Gray
Patty Hanson
Duane Ophus
Luke Stack
Gerry Zimmermann
Councillor Chris Derickson (WFN-non-voting)

Environmental Advisory Commission
Beverly Andrews (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Jeffrey Austin (3 yr term exp April 2015)
Melony Catana (3 yr term - Nov 2015)
Jennifer Clarke (3 yr term - exp April 2015)
Angela Cormano (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Denis Davis (3 yr term - exp April 2015)
Jacqueline Foley (3 yr term - Nov 2015)
Jenna Gall (1 yr term - Jan 2015)
Rose Gunoff(3 yr term - Nov 2015)
Les Gyug (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
John Janmaat (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Allan King (3 yr term - Jan 2017)
Peter Spencer (3 yr term - Nov 2015)

Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission
Don Bennison (2yr term - May 2014
Jeff Deacoff (3Yr term - May 2015)
Ben Hansen (3Yr term - May 2015)
Joe Iafrancesco (3Yr term - May 2015)
Bob Johncox (2 Yr term - May 2014)
Norm MacLeod (3 Yr term - May 2015)

Agricultural Advisory Commission
Bob Fugger (exp. Nov 2015)
Lisa Cameron (exp Nov.2015)
Eveline Irons (exp Feb 2016)
Victor Macdonald (exp Feb 2015)
Emma Rantucci(exp Feb 2015)
Molly Thurston (exp Dec 2016)
Carl Withler (advisory only)

Sterile Insect Release Board
Colin Basran
Duane Ophus
Gail Given (1st alternate)

Okanagan Basin Water Board
Keith Fielding
Doug Findlater
Gerry Zimmermann
Patty Hanson (1st alternate)
James Baker (2nd alternate)
Gail Given (3rd alternate)

Audit/Human Resources Committee
Robert Hobson (Chair)
James Baker
Walter Gray
Keith Fielding
Doug Findlater

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5. CORPORATE SERVICES
5.1 Approval of 2014 Committee Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Chair Hobson presented the list of committee appointments for 2014.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the 2014 Committee Appointments.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Agricultural Advisory Commission Member
The Regional Board has re-appointed Molly Thurston to the Agricultural Advisory Commission. She’s been Chair for the past three years and will serve an additional three-year term until December 2016. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Board and reviews agricultural-related applications and issues.

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Bylaw Adoption

7.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1332, 2013 Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1332, 2013 be adopted this 9th day of December 2013.

CARRIED

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Planning:

8.2 Agricultural Advisory Commission Appointments (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board reappoints Molly Thurston to a three-year term as a member of the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission (expiring December 2016).

CARRIED

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Moratorium sought on an apple
by Ragnar Haagen - Kelowna - Story: 102880 - Nov 18, 2013

The BC Fruit Grower’s Association is asking the government for an immediate moratorium on a genetically modified (CM) apple, also known under trademark as the Arctic Apple.

Last week they wrote to the Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, asking for the regulatory process to be suspended.

“Our concern is the negative publicity for apples in general caused by the controversy over this GM apple,” says Jeet Dukhia, President of the BCFGA.

“There is potential market damage caused to apple markets if this GM apple is approved – indeed, it seems the damage is occurring even while the apple is in the regulatory process and a decision on its approval is still pending. The public thinks of apples as a pure, natural, healthy and nutritional fruit. GM apples are a risk to our market image.”

According to a survey the BCFGA completed in partnership with the Quebec Apple Producers Association, 69 per cent of Canadians are not in favour of genetically modified foods and 91 per cent say that labeling should be mandatory. The survey was conducted online and used a random sample of 1,501 Canadians.

There was no information on how this survey was completed, or how many Canadians participated.

“If 76 per cent of people say the Canadian government has not provided adequate information to the public on GM foods, how can the government then approve these products for introduction to an unprepared marketplace?,” notes Dukhia.

“This places the entire apple market at risk, and we have asked that the government place an immediate, pre-emptive moratorium on the on this apple before our markets suffer.”

The Canadian Horticulture Council’s Apple Working Group, a national committee of representatives from each apple-growing province, is also in favour of a moratorium on the introduction of the Arctic Apple.

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Marijuana For Medical Purposes Regulations Update

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5. Community Services
Planning:

5.1 Update on the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and Implications Regarding District Bylaws

Staff report dated November 4, 2013 outlined the background of the Federal governments enacted Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) for prescription, production and distribution of medical marijuana in Canada. The new regulations came into force on June 19, 2013 replacing the previous medical access regulations. Local governments are now faced with impacts to their regulations as it is expected a number of applications will be received for these new
businesses. The approaches will be varied across the province depending upon the type of setting of a local government (ie: rural vs urban). Staff provided options for consideration including the potential for amendments to the zoning bylaws.

Three official notices for medical marijuana have been received by staff-two in Electoral Area West and one in the Electoral Area East.

Staff reviewed the regulations proposed by the Federal government. It was noted that local governments cannot prohibit the use of a medical marijuana business.
The Agricultural Land Commission notes it is considered a farm use-it can be regulated, but not prohibited.

Options for moving forward were presented: status quo with current zoning or proceed with changes to the zoning bylaw to intensive agriculture. Staff is recommending the latter option. The following will be required: a business license; building permit; development permit may be required; and consultation with Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to determine if the operation falls within the agricultural use.

The question was raised whether applicants get approved prior to changes proposed? Yes, that is why staff recommends moving forward. If Health Canada issues a license before regulations are approved, the RDCO could end up with legal non-conforming uses.
• Will there be any provision for adequate services for the facilities. It will be up to the local government to have the applicant prove services required.
The subdivision bylaw would not necessarily apply.
• Who is liable if a contaminated water source occurs? Due to that concern as we move forward with bylaw amendments staff will include referrals to Health Canada, IHA, and provincial ministries to ensure concerns are captured.
• Staff noted that Health Canada advised that there is officially no cap on the number of licenses being issued or geographic restriction. Health Canada will be putting out a comprehensive fact sheet within the next few weeks.
License for these operations will not be issued until a building is complete and meets all the Federal requirements as well as local requirements. By December 2013 Health Canada will issue which licenses may be currently issued,
• Lake Country and West Kelowna are zoning facilities in industrial areas.
With the ALC ruling this may be challenged. Peachland is zoning within the ALR. Kelowna has not made a decision at this point.

• Concern may be odor issue for the facilities-will Health Canada provide regulations with this? Staff noted that the ALC Executive Director has toured a facility developed with the new regulations in place and they were not aware of what was being grown in the facility until they walked into the facility and saw the plants.
• The question is who will enforce the standard of a facility-this is not known at this time.
• The RCMP has been officially notified of the two potential sites-one in West Kelowna and one in Central Okanagan West.
• Within the RDCO there are very few industrial or commercial zoned properties.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board receive for information the Update on the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and Implications Regarding District Bylaws report of November 4, 2013;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to proceed with an amendment to the electoral area zoning bylaws to permit medical marijuana grow operations as a form of "intensive agriculture".

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 14, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS
10.2 Rise & Report Governance & Services Committee meeting-November 14, 2013 - Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and Implications Regarding District Bylaws

10.2 Rise & Report Governance &Services Committee Meeting - Nov 14, 2013
a) Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and Implications Regarding District Bylaws
Staff report dated November 4, 2013 outlined the changes to regulations the Federal government has enacted for marijuana for medical purposes.

EDGSON/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Update on the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and Implications Regarding District Bylaws report of November 4, 2013;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to proceed with an amendment to the electoral area zoning bylaws to permit Medical Marijuana Grow Operations as a form of "intensive agriculture".

CARRIED

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11. DIRECTOR ITEMS
c) Joe Rich - Man-made water structure on private property Director Hanson raised the issue of man-made water structure on private property in Joe Rich. Staff has responded to the director noting the individual raising the issue was directed to contact the provincial jurisdiction as this is not a Regional District issue.

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.pdf icon October 28, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Starling Control Program Bylaw

The Regional Board has given three readings to a new bylaw to provide funding for continuation of a Starling Control Program. The Regional District has provided apportioned funding totalling $25,000 to the program coordinated by the BC Grapergrowers Association. The City of Kelowna, District of Peachland and District of Lake Country contribute proportionately toward the program, while the two electoral areas contribute their share through Electoral Area Grants-in-Aid. The District of West Kelowna does not participate in the bylaw, but has committed to provide its proportioned contribution directly to the Association. Final adoption will be considered once approval of the bylaw is received from the Provincial Government.

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.pdf icon October 28, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 Establishment of a Continued Starling Control Program

Staff report dated Oct. 21, 2013 outlined the history of the starling control program. Earlier in 2013, the Board agreed to continued funding for an additional three year period contingent on the North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen Regional District's continued support. Consent has been received from the funding municipal partners and approval of the establishment bylaw can now proceed. The electoral areas will fund their portion through their electoral area grant in aid. As well, West Kelowna has confirmed their support of the program directly to BC Grapegrowers Association. Should West Kelowna
in the next three years decide to no longer contribute funding to the program, they are asked to notify the RDCO.

a) Allocation of Electoral Area Grant In Aid in Support of the Starling Control Program for 2014-2016 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT an annual Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area electoral area grant in aid be allocated to the BC Grapegrowers Association for the Starling Control Program for the years 2014-2016 based on the annual revised assessment roll converted values and the percentage of contribution for the $25,000 program.

CARRIED

b) RDCO Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1332, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/STACK
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1332 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon October 10, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Zimmermann noted that the tour of SIR facility in Osoyoos was a great experience-a world class facility. Thank you to SIR staff for a very impressive presentation.

It was noted that the Starling Control program bylaw will be coming forward shortly and that the BC Grapegrowers Association provide updates to the Board. Staff will confirm when the next update will be provided.

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.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon  Tour of Sterile Insect Release Facilities was a Director Item so there was nothing mentioned in the Agenda about it.

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10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Tour of Sterile Insect Release Facilities - it was noted that various directors have taken up the offer of SIR staff to tour their facility in the South Okanagan.

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.pdf icon July 18, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Fintry Provincial Park

The Regional Board has adopted resolution to approach the Provincial Government to initiate discussions regarding a possible land swap within Fintry Provincial Park. In 1995, in an agreement with the Province, the Regional District contributed $2-million to purchase a 129.5-hectare property above Westside Road which is included as part of the Provincial Park. The Regional Board has asked staff to begin talking with the Province to see if that property could be exchanged for a lowland field property within the park in order to explore a possible agricultural use that would be in keeping with the history of the former Dun-waters Estate.

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.pdf icon July 18, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

8.1 Westside Road
Director Edgson noted that the MOTI is in the process of paving sections of Westside Road. The Province has approved further funding for upgrading of the road. He is looking at options for signage along Westside Road and will bring information forward in the future

8.2 Fintry Fair
Director Baker noted that the Fintry Fair was held last Sunday. It was noted that many volunteers are aging and that there is a need for 'other' revenue streams for the Friends of Fintry Society. More emphasis of Regional District ownership is needed, and getting it back to a working farm which has been discussed in the past. It would be difficult for this to occur in the upper portion of the park and it was questioned whether discussions should be raised with the Province for consideration of this and a possible land swap.
Discussion occurred regarding whether it is time to approach the Province to initiate discussions regarding a possible land swap within Fintry Provincial Park.
The Regional District had an agreement with the Province, and contributed $2million, to purchase a 129.5-hectare property above Westside Road which is included as part of the Provincial Park.

It was questioned whether the time is right to begin talking with the Province and to see if that property could be exchanged for a lowland field property within the park in order to explore a possible agricultural use that would be in keeping with the history of the former Dun-waters Estate. It was noted that there will be many issues for consideration by the Board, including costs, but that the concept is worth exploring.

BAKER/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to initiate discussions with the Province for consideration of a land swap within the Fintry Provincial Park including whether the Regional District's park component could be exchanged for the lowland field property for the purpose of reintroduction of active agriculture farming on the land.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 18, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5.2 Sterile Insect Release Program Update

Cara Nelson, General Manager of the SIR provided an update of the SIR program highlighting the program mandate, services, costs, successes and challenges, including:
• Largest, longest running SIR program (area-wide). Area-wide is critical, renowned around the world for this. Flag ship program around the world.
• Mandate: to keep codling moth below economic levels through delivery of an efficient, effective and sustainable area-wide pest management program.
• Three zones from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm. Determined in 1997 that eradication of the moth would not occur.
• Services: Mandatory area-wide control application; surveillance; enforcement and education.
• Governance - partnership of four regional districts, 5 local elected officials and 3 growers. Operations Advisory Committee - technical and regulatory advisors.
Funding through municipal/regional district taxation (based on land only).
Annual program budget $3.1 mil (held that for the last 4 years but costs are increasing and taxation revenue is decreasing).
• Strong organization: application of mandatory control, applied consistently; authority to access all properties; surveillance system; and authority to enforce control. Cooperation is key.
• Not an eradication program so there will be infestation in some areas. There can be philosophical differences among growers and need to maintain adequate funding levels. SIR is their risk management program to reduce sprays.
• In areas where program is no longer done - moth infestation raises quickly and toxic sprays are now being used again.
• Threat of new pests: apple maggot, brown marmorated stink bug. This will be a decision the SIR Board will need to consider going forward. The Board has made it clear that industry must come to the Board to request any expansion of programs. Currently only apples are part of the program.
• SIR focuses on controlling host ares in the buffer zones. The program has the authority to address complaints in any backyard tree program but this is addressed by complaint only.
• Current legislation - MEVA - have ability to change the name to 'destructive insect pests'. Legislation is not that thorough. There is the ability to name other pests but currently codling moth is the only pest being dealt with by the program.
• Trends show a reduction in apple orchards (last year 2% reduction in acreage).
So many things impacts the industry and acreage reduction. Orchardists should have a niche market, this program provides the best control of codling moth anywhere in the world at the least cost.
• Is the US border a threat? SIR program addresses the border in the same way as buffer zones.
• Is there any movement provincially to increase the mandate of the SIR? The will
needs to come from the stakeholders - industry needs to start the discussions first.
• Do we know enough to move forward in 2017 and beyond. It will take investment to promote the industry. There has been a declining revenue base, zero increase to budget, no funds to invest in the industry and technology to be
used here and around the world. Need to continue to find revenue to expand the program and collaborating with industry is critical.

BASRAN/BAKER
THAT the Sterile Insect Release program update be received for information.

CARRIED

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Agricultural Advisory Commission

The Regional Board has appointed a new member to the Agricultural Advisory Commission. Evelin Irons joins five other volunteers on the Commission and will serve a three-year term until February 2016. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Board and reviews agricultural-related applications and issues.

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9.3 Appointment of a new member to the Agricultural Advisory Commission.
(0540-20-01) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board appoint Eveline Irons to a three-year term as a member of the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission, expiring February 2016.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon January 17, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon January 17, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Presentation: Certificates of Appreciation to retiring Environmental Advisory Commission and Agricultural Advisory Commission members

Margarita Littley, Past Chair AAC
Margarita Littley was appointed to the Agricultural Advisory Commission November 2006. She has served six consecutive years with the AAC, and was elected as Chair of the MC in March 2012. During Margarita's six years on the MC she has been an integral part of the Commission and her participation will be missed. We thank Margarita for her years of service and wish her well in the future.

Jason Schleppe, Past Chair EAC
Jason Schleppe has served 6 years with the EAC and was elected as Chair of the EAC in March 2011. During Jason's 6 years on the EAC he has enthusiastically brought his wealth of knowledge forward. Jason was an invaluable leader of the commission and we sincerely thank him for his years of service.

Fred Anderson
Fred Anderson was appointed to the EAC in November 2006. Fred has a background in occupational health and safety and he brought a unique land use perspective to the EAC. We greatly appreciate Fred's input to the EAC and wish him well in the future.

Barry Jones
Barry Jones served 6 consecutive years with the EAC. His knowledge and participation will be missed. We thank Barry for his years of service.

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Agricultural Advisory Commission Members

The Regional Board has reappointed two members of the Agricultural Advisory Commission. Serving an additional three year term are Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Board and reviews agricultural related applications and issues.

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.pdf icon Item 8.3 Agricultural Advisory Commission Appointments

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board re-appoint Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron to additional three-year terms as members of the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission (MC) (expiring November 2015).

Purpose:
To consider re-appointing two existing members of the MC to additional three year terms in accord with the Agricultural Advisory Commission Terms of Reference (amended August 2006).

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8.3 Report regarding appointment of members to the Agricultural Advisory Commission (0540-20-01) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/GRAY
THAT the Regional Board reappoint Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron to additional three-year terms as members of the Regional District's Agricultural Advisory Commission (expiring November 2015).

CARRIED

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Starling Control Program Funding

The Regional Board will ask local government partners and the North and South Okanagan regional districts if they wish to continue funding a program to control starlings across the Okanagan. If they agree that they will fund the program from 2013 through 2015, a new service establishment bylaw will be considered providing $25,000 each year from the Central Okanagan. The City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the two electoral areas have participated over the past three years in funding the program, spearheaded by the BC Grapegrowers Association. The valley-wide program is designed to control the number of starlings that cause damage to agricultural crops across the Okanagan valley. The District of West Kelowna has provided its own grant-in-aid to support the program.

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8. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

8.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of November 8, 2012
a) RDCO Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw Continued Funding of the Starling Control Program
As the term for the starling control establishment bylaw ends in 2012, approval for a further bylaw to provide continuing funding will be sought from participating partners and the valley regional districts.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to seek consent from the participating partners (City of Kelowna, District of Peachland, District of Lake Country and Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas) for continued funding of the starling control
program;
AND THAT staff be directed to contact the District of West Kelowna to confirm whether they wish to continue participation in the program through their grant in aid process;
AND FURTHER THAT should the participating partners and the North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Districts agree to participate, staff be directed to prepare a service establishment bylaw for the purposes of providing funding to the
Starling Control Program in the amount of $25,000 per year for 2013-2015.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegations

5.1 Connie Bielert, BC Grapegrowers' Association re: Starling Control Program Update & Request for Continuation of Funding (Bylaw No. 1262)

BC Grapegrowers' Association letter of October 31,2012 outlined their request for continuation of funding for the Okanagan valley's starling control program. In 2009, the three valley regional districts agreed to an establishment bylaw to fund the
program at $25,000 annually for a period of three years. The funding allocation ends in 2012.

A review of the program was provided. It was noted that funding is also received from the BC Fruit Growers' Association - $15,000, Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers' Association - $5,000, Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-op - $5,000 and the BC Grapegrowers' Association-minimum of $15,000. Funding for the program averages $115,000 annually.
Trapping in this area is carried out by Don Marshall. Total captures this year is at 36,000+, in the Central Okanagan 11,000 have been trapped to date in 2012.
Director Blanleil arrived at 8:35 8.m.
An education program called 'Starling Aware' is being developed which is creating a better awareness for the public. Continue to work with other regions, universities and local governments in the US to offer advice on their program.

Discussion:
- Do you know why there was such large trapping in 2009? Growers call for help when there are larger populations-more growers called.
- What percentage of birds do you think the program is trapping? The percentage is not known but there is a positive impact in the agricultural community.
- Is there data specific to West Kelowna? The program does not have a location in West Kelowna. No specific trapping in the electoral areas, Peachland or Lake Country. Because birds move large distances to feed there isn't a need to
have specific locations in each area. Trappers are always looking for the most lucrative sites, not necessarily responding to complaints. Traps are set in sites most able to trap the bird. Marshall's feedlot is a perfect example - land
surrounded by agricultural.
- Because birds travel so far, trapping sites do not need to be in a locality for the area to benefit from the program.
- The industries most impacted are cherry growers and vineyards, minor impact to apple orchards.
- As part of the research does the program use a falconer? No, but other districts have tried this with only minor success.
- A little bit of public awareness goes a long way to educate the public. Intend to advertise and offer. nesting information to the public. Opportune 'racking' locations are being looked at for Chamber officesj local governments, etc.
- Truly a regional program that all partners benefit from. The program wants to discuss if there are other ways to fund the program. Is there a way to voluntarily tax growers? Could a program like SIR program taxation be effective?
- C. Bielert was asked to provide the program's budget for review.
RDCO Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw Continued Funding of the Starling Control Program

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to seek consent from the participating partners (City of Kelowna, District of Peachland, District of Lake Country and Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas) for continued funding of the starling control program;
AND THAT staff be directed to contact the District of West Kelowna to confirm whether they wish to continue participation in the program through their grant in aid process;
AND FURTHER THAT should the participating partners and the North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Districts agree to participate, staff be directed to prepare a service establishment bylaw for the purposes of providing funding to the
Starling Control Program in the amount of $25,000 per year for 2013-2015.

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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (Year-to-Date - September 30, 2012)
Staff report dated November 1, 2012 outlined the program measures report year to- date September 30, 2012. Staff highlighted the executive summary comments.

- Corporate Services
o Recruitment process for new CAO has begun

- Waste Reduction
o Launch of paper reduction program
o Commercial waste quantities reduced by 2.8%
o Curbside collection radio frequency identification system
  • 1331 non-compliant customers identified and contacted, only 52 reoffenders
o Recycling - market downturn, budget effect

- Environmental Services
o Falcon Ridge Water - exploratory drilling for a new well
o Trepanier Bench Water - fire effects - 110 risk evident
o Leak Detection program for Westshore Water resulted in 43% reduction, and at Killiney Beach 20% of m3 pumped
o RDCO lift stations/collector systems - all pumps being investigated for deterioration
o Killiney Beach Water - reduction to scope of upgrade
o Reduced clerical staff by 0.5 FTE
o WWTP - Stage 3 design work completed.

- Information Systems
o MOU Lake Country has yet to sign the agreement. Concern regarding 2013 impact to partners if Lake Country does not sign on.

- Development Services
o School site acquisition
o Inspection Services - staff reduction
o Dog Control- review report received in October. Implementation plan will be coming forward for Board consideration.
o Noxious insect control - low complaint numbers.

- Protective Services
o Trepanier Fire
o Black Mountain grass fire
o Wilsons Land Volunteer Fire Department - volunteer fire chief leaving

- Regional Rescue
o 4 total EOC activations, 27 ESS activations
o Operation exercise - Sept 13
o Review of service is under way

- Parks Services
o Parkland acquisitions - 3 properties closed
o Mission Creek - upgrade to playground
o Trepanier Creek Greenway fire
o Bear closures
o Interpretation programs 8% increase in participants

- Crime Stoppers
o Vehicle donated to the program
o Sponsorship packages being developed
o Tips provided lead to info on two major homicides

- EDC
o Recruitment of United Airlines flights into Kelowna
o Export development - increased interest from China

- Purchasing
With the hiring of a purchasing manager, total quantifiable savings to date are $201,902, including risk reduction to RDCO, time savings for managers and staff and stronger contracts.
It was noted that the full report is in the Board's Reader file.

Discussion
-It was noted that West Kelowna is interested in receiving further information on the RFID program and staff will update Council in the future.
-West Kelowna will look at trunk lines in the near future. It's a low priority for them.
-School site acquisition - approved by the Province, developers will be required to pay a fee in the future.
-Information provided to Kelowna for review of boundary extension.
-What are the financial implications of reduced recycling and reduced income is there a way to offset costs? Staff is focusing on reduction programs (paper free program) paying less processing costs when it ends up in the recycling bins - it's the only thing that can be done to offset costs. Material is not being returned to the landfill. There is no shutdown for recyclables. The material that is recycled here is sent to relatively local markets (not China) plastics go to the Lower Mainland, paper to Washington. We can stockpile if required but there is no ability for reduced transportation costs as we use local markets. Where does the money go for electronics? The Electronics Stewardship of BC - they run the program, collecting, marketing, hauling, processing and they fund depot operations.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report year-to-date September 30, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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Agricultural Land Exclusion Referral

The Regional Board supports an application made by Tolko Industries Limited to the Agricultural Land Commission to remove a one hectare waterfront parcel from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The application was referred to the Regional Board for its consideration and comment. The property is located along Westside Road, next to Bear Creek Provincial Park and has been used since the late 50’s for various non-farm uses including log storage, sorting and boom yard activities. The proposal does not conflict with the Regional District Agricultural Plan and as the property has poor agricultural soil capability is consistent with the Agricultural Policy of the Rural Westside Official Community Plan.

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Planning:
Agricultural Land Reserve Appeal (All Directors - Unweighted Vote) 8.2 Application to exclude land from the ALR for Tolko Industries Ltd. (owner) and Kent Macpherson (agent) located adjacent to Westside Road. (A-12-03) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors)

Staff report dated June 19, 2012 outlined the Agricultural Land Reserve application for Tolko Industries Ltd to exclude 1 ha, of the subject property located on Westside Road near the Bear Creek Provincial Park. The property has been used for various log storage and boom yard activities. There are currently no structures on the property. The landowner proposes to continue use of the land with the intent of removing the ALR notation and encumbrance on the property. Tolko will contemplate potential future uses that reflect the best use of the land.

Staff reviewed the agency referral comments noting that concern has been expressed regarding future activities and that BC Parks has long identified the subject property as containing values appropriate for expansion of the neighbouring provincial park.

GRAY/EDGSON
THAT the Board hear from the applicant's agent - Kent Macpherson staff.
CARRIED

Kent-Macpherson staff (Emily and Alex) addressed the Board. ALR designation was reviewed which also includes the Bear Creek Provincial Park that borders this property. The area has historically been used for industrial purposes for log boom storage. It is 2.52 acres in size. If it was under two acres in size it would not be included in the ALR. It would take a lot of work to get the soil quality sound enough for agricultural purposes. Access to site is difficult. Lack of services to site also restricts agricultural purposes.

The question was raised what prompted the application at this time? It is an administrative move. There is no proposed change to use at this time. It is not agricultural land that needs protection. Class 5 is the best that may be managed with the best possible efforts and that would only be to a portion of the land. Has an appraisal been done on the land? Staff could not answer this question.

EDGSON/GRAY
THAT the Regional Board supports application A-12-03 for Tolko Industries Ltd (owner) for exclusion of the subject property, located adjacent to Westside Road, Bear Creek Provincial Park and Okanagan Lake, from the Agricultural Land Reserve pursuant to Section 30 (1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 10, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Board Highlights about Item 7.2 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-212 Anderson and Booth Roads

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7. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

As the applicant was in the gallery, there was consensus to move 7.2 forward in the agenda.

Planning Bylaws: (First Reading) (Unweighted Vote)

7.2 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-212 for Peter and Silvia Mischek (owners/applicants) to amend the Permitted Uses Table for the A1 Agricultural zone, Section 5.1.1 by adding a new subsection 5.1.1.18 On the western portion of Lot 35, Shown on Plan B12160, Section 18, Township 24, ODYD, Plan 475, as outlined in the Agricultural Land Commission's approved subdivision plan (Resolution No. 218/2008), the following additional use is permitted: 3 Temporary Agricultural Worker Dwelling units, located adjacent to Anderson Road and Booth Road. (Z12/02) Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (Electoral Areas and Kelowna Fringe Area)

Staff report dated May 3, 2012 outlined the site-specific zoning amendment to amend the permitted uses for the A1 agricultural zone in order to allow three temporary agricultural worker dwelling units.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-212 (application Z12/02) for Peter and Silvia Mischek located adjacent to Anderson Road and Booth Road be given first reading this 10th day of May 2012;

AND FURTHER THAT the application be scheduled for a Public Hearing.

CARRIED

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Temporary Use Permit Application Approved

The Regional Board has conditionally approved a Temporary Use Permit to allow accommodation for farm workers on a 5.26-hectare farm in the Ellison area of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. The applicant proposes allowing up to 14 temporary workers (the maximum allowed by the BC Building Code) to reside in a dwelling on the farm adjacent to Old Vernon Road. The Board support is conditional on the applicant meeting a number of criteria required by other agencies such as Interior Health and the Black Mountain Irrigation District. A previous Temporary Use Permit was approved in 2008.

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Temporary Use Permit (Unweighted Vote)

7.3 Temporary Use Permit for Balwinder and Harbax Khun Khun (owners/applicants) located at 3370 Old Vernon Road. (TUP-12-01) Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (Electoral Areas and Kelowna Fringe Area)

Staff report dated April 17, 2012 outlined the request for issuance of a temporary use permit for a period of up to 3 years to allow accommodation for migrant farm workers on a property located with the Agricultural Land Reserve. This application is identical to a previous application which was approved but the applicant did not take the opportunity to request the continuance of the permit as could have been done.

Staff outlined the rationale for the application:
•  Proposal is generally in keeping with the criteria and guidelines established within the provincially approved 'Temporary Farm Worker Housing' document;
•  Number of temporary farm workers is restricted to a maximum of 14 within the existing structure based on Be Building Code Occupant Load requirements;
•  Applicant has substantiated the need for migrant farm worker housing and is registered under the "Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program" (SAWP);
•  Approval of the application will assist the applicant in securing affordable housing for temporary farm workers required for management and operation of 72 ha (178 acres) of farm land in the region for the coming year, prior to establishment of regulations in the Regional District's Zoning Bylaw;
•  Application has been supported by key agencies including the Agricultural Advisory Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Agricultural Land Commission;
•  Recognizing that the use will occur in an existing building, and provided that all of the conditions of the permit are addressed, the proposal will have minimal impact on surrounding landowners and neighbouring farm operations.

Staff noted that two letters have been received regarding the application:
> President of Strata Corp K726 Country Lane - outlined various questions, the answers of which are included in the staff report.
> D. & L. Burnham - opposed to the application, does not want an increase in population to the area.

Staff noted that this is an identical application to the one which the Board approved in 2008. There has been no bylaw contravention since the 2008 approvals. It was further noted that the Local Government Act provides for a one-time extension of the permit, at the discretion of the Regional Board should the request have been submitted on time.

Board:
-Why is it a temporary use permit? Legislation requires this. The Province has put out guidelines for migrant housing. At this time a temporary permit is the only option to carry out the activity although legislation is being changed
for a more permanent solution for farmers. As well, staff will be bringing forward a bylaw amendment which will incorporate permanent provisions for migrant farm workers into the zoning bylaw.
- Is the lack of screening an issue? The Act provides for any conditions the Board may chose to add to provisions in the permit. It was noted that this is a farming area on Old Vernon Road and the lack of screening has not been an issue in the past.

Applicant:
-A family friend addressed the Board in order to interpret for the applicant. It was noted that the applicant is required to provide accommodation for their workers and that this facility is inspected. No more than 14 people are
permitted to stay in the building.
-Farmers need migrant workers. The applicant provides transportation as most migrant workers normally don't have vehicles. They do not believe screening is required as the parking lot rarely has vehicles in it other than a couple of farm vehicles.

Board:
- Has there been any complaints regarding the operation in the past? There have been no bylaw complaints.
- Are migrant workers there temporarily? Some yes, others may be there all year round.
- Is there a kitchen and living quarters, bathrooms for the workers use? Yes, this is all located within the building and there is a maximum of 14 allowed based on BC Building Code.
Chair Hobson asked if there was anyone in the gallery who deemed themselves to be affected by the permit. There was no-one in the gallery.

HANSON/BASRAN
THAT Temporary Use Permit application for Balwinder & Harbax Khun Khun be conditionally approved subject to the following:

  • Confirmation from the Interior Health Authority that the existing on-site sewerage disposal system has been designed and approved for temporary housing of farm workers;

  • Applicant to satisfy requirements of Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID) as per their response of March 23, 2012.

  • That there be no increase or expansion to the existing residential footprint to allow temporary farm worker housing;

  • That the number of temporary farm workers housed within the residence be restricted to a maximum of 14 occupants (based on BC Building Code Occupant Load);

  • Registration of a covenant on title indicating that the structure is intended for accessory home use (once the temporary housing use ceases, the building must be reverted back to the allowable use as a single detached dwelling, or converted back to a storage/garage building);

  • Final occupancy not be issued until such time that all building permit requirements related to the property are resolved to satisfaction of the Chief Building Inspector.

AND THAT the applicant provide an update, in writing, to the Development Services Department six months after issuance of the permit confirming that all of the conditions of the Temporary Use Permit are being adhered to;
AND FURTHER THAT the Temporary Use Permit shall expire in three years and all uses temporarily authorized by the Permit shall cease upon expiry of the Permit, unless otherwise authorized.

CARRIED

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10. NEW BUSINESS

10.1 Appointment of BC Fruit Growers' Association Representative to the Sterile Insect Release Board (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central approves the appointment of the following individuals to the Sterile Insect Release Board for the current year:

Zone 2 - Amarjit Lalli
Zone 3 - David Dobernigg

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegation

5.1 Sterile Insect Release Program Update - Vice Chair Allan Patton and Cara McCurrach - General Manager
Allan Patton, Cara McCurrach and SIR contractor, Hugh Phillip, provided an overview of the SIR Program on codling moth prevalence and control product use.

  • Director Ophus was elected SIR Chair for 2012.

  • 2012 is the 25th anniversary of the SIR program.

  • Mandate reviewed - keep levels below control action and keep it sustainable

  • Services reviewed - sterile moth release or mating disruption; surveillance; enforcement (mandatory program for all host trees); and education.

  • Reduction in pesticide use highlighted. There is also a 61% decrease in pome fruit in the valley.

  • Urban program - host tree sites include pear, crab-apple, apple. Homeowners are taking them out as many don't want to spray or deal with SIR and are responding quite favourably. Urban areas still have host trees and therefore
    coding moth continues to be an issue and requires to be managed on a continuing basis.

  • Impacts of the program reviewed: effective structure for delivery, reduced pesticide use, improved opportunities for biological control, dedicated enforcement program, improved market opportunities for pome fruit and cherries; improved opportunities for earlier detection and response to new invasive alien species.

Discussion:
-Is the program offered on First Nation lands. SIR has no authority to enforce on First Nation lands but approach to rural and residential areas is to focus on the buffer zone.
- SIR has no resources with the reduction in budgets to the program to add service to areas not participating.
-$3mil budget -- copy of budget to be circulated to the Board. No increase in the budget over the last three years.
-US using matting disruption and organic phosphate. Different makeup of growers in Washington state. One grower has as much acreage as our whole program. Continue to collaborate with University of Washington and work with orchard industry.
- Will the program ever cease to exist? SIR is not an eradication program.
Reduction in orchards continue but the program supports the industry regional districts pay about 60% of the program, orchardists pay 40%. As long as residential issues impact commercial growth there will be a need for a program. Central Okanagan pays for half of the program.
-Program belongs to the regional districts and the growers.
-Kootenay area is no longer part of the program: have had real problems with codling moth in the area. Growers have asked to come back into the program as their fruit comes into the packing plants here in the Central Okanagan.
-Value is environmental - area-wide aspect to the program. Exporting of fruit is critical to the industry, ie: Taiwan now accepting fruit which is directly related to the program being offered here.
-How is the education program done? How is the message getting out to the rural homeowner. Website, speak to gardening groups, voluntarily work with nurseries, transfer station notices, anything to do to share information helps.
-No authority to stop individuals from buying and planting apple trees.
-Aim of the program is to control codling moth - sterile insect technology is quite expensive. The plant is something that is of concern, a whole raft of measures that need to be handled. The rearing facility cost $7mil to build, staff and the Board are investigating various options to upgrade.
- There is no silver bullet to control codling moth.
-There is legislation to deliver the program.

ZIMMERMANN/BASRAN
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Program update be received.
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to circulate the 2012 SIR budget the Board.

CARRIED

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Agricultural Advisory Commission Members

The Regional Board has approved two new members for its Agricultural Advisory Commission. Emma Rantucci and Victor Macdonald have been appointed to three-year terms and will join four existing Commission members in advising the Board regarding agricultural issues and the potential impact of land-use decisions on the agriculture industry.

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6.3 Sterile Insect Release Board Meeting Highlights - Feb. 3, 2012 (for information)

FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Board meeting highlights of February 3, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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Planning (Unweighted Vote)

7.2 Appointment of two members to the Agricultural Advisory Commission.
(0540-20-01) (All Directors)

Staff report dated February 21, 2012 outlined the requirement for appointing two new members to the Agricultural Advisory Commission. It was noted that the Commissions are advisory in nature.
Emma Rantucci was in attendance and introduced to the Board.

OPHUS/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board appoint Emma Rantucci and Victor Macdonald to three year terms as members of the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission (expiring February 2015).

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 17, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 1 Budget Presentation.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1a Budget Piechart.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1b Budget Summaries.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1c Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2 Financial Plan Contents.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2a Environmental Services - Engineering.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2b Environmental Services - Waste Management.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3a Development Services - Planning.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3b Development Services - Protection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3c Development Services - Inspection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4 Parks Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5 Finance and Administration.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6 Corporate Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6a Corporate Services - Policing Liaison Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 7 Economic Development Commission.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8 Regional Board.pdf

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*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content.

2.3 2012 Budget Review

Marilyn Rilkoff began a review of the 2012 budget. The question was raised regarding FTE's (full-time equivalents) and whether the cost is applied to the department they report to or the service. FTE costs are allocated to individual services. If you participate in a service you pay a portion of FTE.

 Sterile Insect Release
- Arrange for an annual presentation to the Board.

Starling Control
-This is the last year of the five year program approved by the three regional districts for Starling control in the valley.
ACTION: Request a Board presentation on the Starling Control Program in the fall if there are plans to continue with the program.

M. Rilkoff provided a wrap-up to the budget deliberations noting:
o Compliance with PSAB 3150
o Continuing to build asset data base
o WWTP study complete
o Master trunk plan in progress
o Utility rate study for water systems completed
o Working with fire departments on 20-year capital plans to determine reserve levels for the future.
o Continuing to review reserve balances and future capital needs.

Director Baker left at 12:18 p.m.

The action items from the meeting were highlighted.

It was noted that governments are being challenged to reduce taxes while still providing services to the public. Like other governments, the Regional District needs to continue to review whether there is duplication of service and if so, what can be done to provide services more effectively and efficiently.

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Agenda No: 10.1
Mtg Date: Feb 9, 2012

Governance and Services Report

TO: Governance and Services Committee
FROM: Harold Reay, CAO
DATE: January 31,2012
SUBJECT: Committee Structure

The Chair requested that staff review the Regional District's committee structure in order to determine the feasibility of reducing the number of committees to streamline processes and decision making, in order to reduce costs. After reviewing all committees, it is recommended that the Governance and Services Committee recommend to the Regional Board that the committees, for the year 2012, be amended as follows:

· HR/ Committee - no longer required, it's terms of reference are now included in the HR/Audit Committee (Chair and Mayors)

· Sustainability Committee - this committee is comprised of the Mayors and Chair and meets infrequently. This committee can be eliminated and should issues arise they could be referred to the HR/Audit Committee.

· Treaty Advisory Committee - can be eliminated for now and reinstated should treaty negotiations commence.

· Watercraft Committee - This committee is community members at large, the mayors, and one other Board member. This committee has met once in the last four years and can be eliminated.

· Agricultural Advisory Commission - Comprised of 6 members from the public and one Ministry appointment. Planning staff have found their input to be of value when dealing with ALR applications and OCP development and amendments and wish to see this committee continue. Costs are minimal as one staff attends and meetings are infrequent.

· Environmental Advisory Commission - Currently 16 members appointed from the public. Staff has found this committee to provide valuable advice, at minimal cost (staff time for agenda prep and minutes), however the number of members could
be reduced to 9. Our recommendation would be to reduce to 9 by not reappointing any member until we reach less than 9.

· Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - The Director from this Electoral Area wishes to keep this committee as he relies upon it when reviewing applications.

· Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission - The Director from this Electoral Area does not wish to continue with this committee and should be eliminated.

· Dog Advisory Commission - That this committee be held in abeyance at this time and no appointments be made. This committee will be reviewed by the consultant as part of the Dog Control service review, and recommendations will be forthcoming as to it's structure, if needed.

· Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - this is comprised of one representative each of West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and the Regional District. This committee meets only when needed and has been effective and it is recommended that the committee continue.

In addition to the above noted Regional District Committees the Regional District appoints a Director to external committees. Our recommendation relating to these appointments are:

· Airport Advisory Committee - continue to appoint the Chair as a representative.

· Highway 97 Coalition - Not sure if this committee is continuing so no appointment is necessary at this time.

· Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no longer exists, staff will continue to liaison with the South Okanagan Similkameen RD on joint initiatives, the North Okanagan RD no longer participates in air quality programs.

· Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - this committee no longer meets.

There will be some savings in reducing the number of committees and meetings. Directors are reimbursed $65 for half day meetings and $130 for full day meetings, plus staff time required for preparation and attendance. It is difficult to quantify the dollar amount, as it is dependent on the number of meetings held.

This is submitted for the Committee's consideration.

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10. Corporate Services

10.1 RDCO Committee Structure Review
In follow-up to direction from the Regional Board, staff was asked to review the Regional District's committee structure in order to determine the feasibility of reducing committees no longer required and to potentially streamline the process of decision making.

Staff report dated January 31, 2012 outlined recommendations for the following committees:

HR Committee;
Sustainability Committee;
Treaty Advisory Committee;
Watercraft Committee;
Agricultural Advisory Commission;
Environmental Advisory Commission;
Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission;
Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission;
Dog Advisory Committee;
Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee;
Airport Advisory Committee;
Highway 97 Coalition;
Okanagan Airshed Coalition and the
Okanagan Marine Advisory Council

Staff noted that due to concerns raised by the Environmental Advisory Commission which is largely made up of technical people, that by cutting back on its size the effectiveness of the Commission would be jeopardized. It was agreed that further
input should be received from the Commission prior to making a final decision on the number of members required.

ZIMMERMANN/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends to the Regional Board that the committee structure for the year 2012 be amended as follows:
• HR Committee - no longer required
• Sustainability Committee - no longer required
• Treaty Advisory Committee appointments - eliminate until treaty negotiations commence
• Watercraft Committee - no longer required
• Agricultural Advisory Commission - continue as previous
• Environmental Advisory Commission - staff to consult with the EAC on membership and report back to the Board.
• Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - continue as previous
• Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission - discontinue
• Dog Advisory Committee - hold in abeyance until Dog Control Service Review is completed.
• Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - continue.
• Airport Advisory Committee - appoint Chair Hobson
• Highway 97 Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - no appointment

CARRIED

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Regional Committee Structure Review

The Regional Board has approved adjustments affecting its advisory committees. Among the major changes: the Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission will be eliminated. Staff will present a report to the Board at a future meeting on the membership options for the Environmental Advisory Commission. The requirement for a Central Okanagan Dog Advisory Committee will be considered during the overall review of the Dog Control Service. Several other inactive Board committees have also been discontinued. The Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission will remain active.

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 9, 2012

d) RDCO Committee Structure (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/STACK
THAT the Regional District's committee structure for the year 2012 be amended as follows:

• HR Committee - no longer required
• Sustainability Committee - no longer required
• Treaty Advisory Committee appointments - eliminate until treaty negotiations commence
• Watercraft Committee - not required
• Agricultural Advisory Commission - continue as previous
• Environmental Advisory Commission - staff to consult with the EAC on membership and report back to the Board,
• Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - continue as previous
• Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission -discontinue
• Dog Advisory Committee - hold in abeyance until Dog Control Service Review is completed
• Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - continue
• Airport Advisory Committee - appoint Chair Hobson
• Highway 97 Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - no appointment

CARRIED

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Regional Board Members
Chair Robert Hobson Councillor, City of Kelowna
Vice-Chair James Baker Mayor, District of Lake Country
Jim Edgson Central Okanagan West Electoral Area
*Patty Hanson Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
*Walter Gray Mayor, City of Kelowna
*Colin Basran Councillor, City of Kelowna
*Andre Blanleil Councillor, City of Kelowna
*Gail Given Councillor, City of Kelowna
*Gerry Zimmermann Councillor, City of Kelowna
Keith Fielding Mayor, District of Peachland
Doug Findlater Mayor, District of West Kelowna
Duane Ophus Councillor, District of West Kelowna
Mickey Werstuik Councillor, Westbank First Nation
(Non-Voting Member)

* means new member of the board

Board-Committee Appointments

The Regional Board has approved some Director appointments to various statutory committees such as the Sterile Insect Release program, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Okanagan Regional Library board. The Regional Board will review the remaining committees and advisory commission structure in the New Year.

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.pdf icon December 12, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Regional Board Appointments.pdf

Agenda No: 5.1
Mtg Date: Dec 13, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
DATE: December 8,2011
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin Corporate Services Coordinator
SUBJECT: Board Appointments (External)

The following external appointments are required to be made at the December 12th Board meeting:

  • Okanagan Basin Water Board - 3 Directors and 3 Alternates (Director Keith Fielding from Peachland, ??)
  • Sterile Insect Release Board - 2 Directors and 1 Alternate
  • Okanagan Film Commission Board - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Andre Blanleil from City of Kelowna, with Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna as alternate)
  • Okanagan Regional Library - 1 Electoral Area Director and 1 Electoral Area Alternate (COW Director Jim Edgson and Director Patty Hanson from COE as alternate)
  • Economic Development Commission Advisory Board - 1 Electoral Area Director and 1 Electoral Area Alternate (Director Colin Basran from City of Kelowna and Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna as alternate)
  • Southern Interior Beetle Action Committee - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Jim Edgson from Central Okanagan West and Director Patty Hanson from Central Okanagan East as the alternate)
  • Municipal Finance Authority - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Chair Robert Hobson elected himself mentioning that Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna wanted the appointment )
  • Community Action Towards Children's Health (CATCH) - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Keith Fielding from Peachland and Director Gail Given from City of Kelowna is the alternate)

A recommended list of appointees will be brought forward on December 12th.

The Governance and Services Committee functions as a 'committee-of-the-whole' comprised of all Regional Board members.

In addition, the Regional Board will review the remaining committees and their structure in the New Year at which time further appointments will be confirmed. These committees include:

Human Resources Committee;
Regional Sustainability Steering Committee;
Negotiating Committee;
Watercraft Committee;
Airport Advisory Committee;
Highway 97 Steering Committee;
Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition;
Okanagan Marine Advisory Council;
Dog Advisory Committee;
Weed Control Committee;
Westside Wastewater Treatment Service
Stakeholder Select Committee;
Agricultural Advisory Commission;
Environmental Advisory Commission;
Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission and
Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission.

This is for your information.

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5. NEW BUSINESS

5.1 Regional Board Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The following appointments are required to be made at this time as many of the Boards and Committees begin their meetings in January.

Governance and Services Committee; Court of Revision, Economic Development Commission, Emergency Operations Control Group, Okanagan Basin Water board, Okanagan Film Commission, Okanagan Regional Library, Sterile Insect Release, Community Action Towards Children's Health (CATCH), Municipal Finance Authority, and Southern Interior Beetle Action
Coalition (SIBAC).

A list of appointments was circulated.

BAKER/GRAY
THAT the Regional Board approve the following appointments:

CARRIED

The question was raised what the process will be for reviewing the remaining committees and commissions. The Chair noted this will be discussed at strategic priority session in January.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Sterile Insect Release Board Highlights - November 2011 (for information only)

FIELDING/EDGSON
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Board Highlights for November 9, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 Sterile Insect Release Board Highlights - Sept 2011 (for information only)

BAKER/RULE
THAT the Sterile Insect Release Board highlights of September 23, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

117 - Sterile Insect Release (page 144): There will not be any increase in taxation for the 2011 year.

The parcel tax rate for growers is planned to continue at $139.26 per acre in 2011.

To accommodate growers, wild moth trap counts are emailed each week plus are written on the bottom of each trap and are accessible on the SIR Website at www.oksir.org.

For 2011, The SIR Board will be expanding the Area wide Management Pilot Project for the third and final year. The Program will be implementing changes to the type of mandatory control applied in some areas.

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11. Finance

11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-to-date - June 30, 2011

The Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2011, Executive Summary was presented for information and review. Staff highlighted any areas of financial concern to date within the Executive Summary.

The Committee was reminded it is staff's responsibility to identify any change from their original plans including goals, revenues, expenses and that it's the Board's responsibility to ensure the documents are reviewed and any concerns raised.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Measures Report, Year-to-date June 30,2011 be received.

CARRIED

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New guide offers best practices for disposal of agricultural waste
By Contributed - Kelowna Capital News - July 14, 2011

Central Okanagan farmers now have a new guide book and DVD showing how to safely dispose of waste materials.

The Agricultural Waste Disposal—Best Practices Guide offers useful information for fruit growers and other members of the agricultural community to help save time and money while being kind to the environment.

Regional air quality coordinator Kate Bergen said: “Farmers can use the guide and accompanying video disc to make informed decisions on easily and safely managing prunings and yard waste, removing orchards and vineyards and recycling agricultural plastics.

“The DVD has added information on composting, using woodchips and other best management practices.

“Together, they explain how local geography and weather conditions can affect air quality and how pollution from burning can adversely impact the health of Central Okanagan residents and our environment.”

Links to the guide in English and Punjabi and the video are available online at regionaldistrict.com/airquality or the air quality program page on the City of Kelowna website.

The guide and a limited supply of DVDs are available at all local government offices in the Central Okanagan.

One of the best management practices for wood waste disposal is chipping, says Bergen.

“Over the past eight years, hundreds of Central Okanagan fruit growers who removed orchards for replanting or other agricultural purposes have taken part in the free chipping program.

“This program helps protect the air quality in the region by providing a viable, free alternative to the previously common practice of burning agricultural wood waste which often leaves a smoky haze and harmful pollutants.

“Last year alone, chipping was completed at 39 farms preventing an estimated 140 tonnes of pollutants from getting into the air.”

To take part in the program, orchardists must register by contacting regional air quality program coordinator Kate Bergen at 250-469-8408.

Please call before removal to ensure proper program guidelines are followed.

Wood waste is chipped on-site and growers may use the chips as a ground cover to reduce weeds, maintain moisture and improve the soil. For more information see regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

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Best Practices Encouraged for Agricultural Waste Disposal

Central Okanagan farmers now have a new guide book and DVD showing how to safely dispose of waste materials.

The Agricultural Waste Disposal – Best Practices Guide offers useful information for fruit growers and other members of the agricultural community to help save time and money while being kind to the environment.

Regional Air Quality Coordinator Kate Bergen says, “Farmers can use the guide and accompanying video disc to make informed decisions on easily and safely managing prunings and yard waste, removing orchards and vineyards and recycling agricultural plastics. The DVD has added information on composting, using woodchips and other best management practices. Together, they explain how local geography and weather conditions can affect air quality and how pollution from burning can adversely impact the health of Central Okanagan residents and our environment.”

Links to the guide in English and Punjabi and the video are available online at regionaldistrict.com/airquality or the Air quality program page on the City of Kelowna website. The guide and a limited supply of DVD’s are available at all local government offices in the Central Okanagan.

One of the best management practices for wood waste disposal is chipping. Bergen says, “Over the past eight years, hundreds of Central Okanagan fruit growers who removed orchards for replanting or other agricultural purposes have taken part in the free chipping program. This program helps protect the air quality in the region by providing a viable, free alternative to the previously common practice of burning agricultural wood waste which often leaves a smoky haze and harmful pollutants. Last year alone, chipping was completed at 39 farms preventing an estimated 140 tonnes of pollutants from getting into the air.” Link to Agricultural Chipping Program Information pamphlet

To take part in the program, orchardists must register by contacting Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator Kate Bergen at 250-469-8408. Please call before removal to ensure proper program guidelines are followed. Wood waste is chipped on site and growers may use the chips as a ground cover to reduce weeds, maintain moisture and improve the soil.

For more information on Regional Air Quality Program initiatives in the Central Okanagan visit: regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

(July 12, 2011)

Source: RDCO's What's New

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the highlights about the Sterile Insect Release Program Update

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5. DELEGATIONS

5.1 Sterile Insect Release Program Update - Cara McCurrach, Executive Director and Hugh Philip, SIR IPM Consultant (for information)

C. McCurrach introduced Hugh Philip noting that Hugh is working with the SIR program as a contractor. It was noted that the presentation has been given to the growers and other partners as well.

Directors Nagy-Reid and Shepherd arrived at 7:03 p.rn.

Successes and achievements of the program were highlighted in the presentation, including: Goals of the program.

Components of the program including: area-wide management, population monitoring, urban visits, enforcement and education.

Trapping statistics from 1999 through to 2010.

154,000 apple trees have been removed since 1991 ie: derelict orchards, backyards, foreign species, etc.

Reduction in the amount of codling moth products being used.

Reduction in the annual cost of the program since 2001 ($4.9mil to $3mil)

Area-wide pest management benefits.
Invasive alien species identified in pest management program.

In discussion, the question as raised what is being done to educate the public locally regarding the apple maggot? It was noted that this does not fall within the mandate of the SIR program. The Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Fruit Growers Association have a signage program and word of mouth. BCFGA has asked the Ministry of Transportation to place larger signs along highways to ensure the public sees them in their travels from the Alberta and the Fraser Valley into the Okanagan. Currently the apple maggot has not been found in the Okanagan.

SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT the Sterile Insect Release (SIR) Program update of June 27,2011 be received.

CARRIED

RULE/SHEPHERD
THAT a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation to request larger signage and an education program regarding the transporting of fruit from other areas into the Okanagan in particular regarding the apple maggot;

AND FURTHER THAT a copy of the letter be sent to the Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Service Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Regional Air Quality Program Update.pdf

*Note* This is only a snippett, please click link above for all 10 pages

Central Okanagan Air Quality Program

Update on Provincial and Federal Air Quality Regulations

Introduction
Federal and Provincial Air Quality regulations are currently under review, and significant changes will be coming in the near future. Changes to Provincial regulations will affect the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR) and the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR). Federal changes will affect air quality standards across Canada and will set new standards for industrial emissions through the establishment of a Comprehensive Air Management System (CAMS). The proposed changes and potential impacts on the Regional District Central Okanagan Air Quality Management plan and bylaws are discussed below.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/solid-fuel/index.htm

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/open_burning/index.htm

Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment (CNHHE)

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6. Corporate Services

6.1 Regional Air Quality Program Update (Kate Bergen [City of Kelowna] Regional Air Quality Coordinator)

The Regional District's Air Quality Program is contracted to the City of Kelowna to carry out the region's air quality service.

Kate Bergen provided a review of the region's 2010 air quality programs including the wood stove change-out, agricultural chipping program and joint air quality/active transportation initiatives. The 2011 work plan was provided for information. It was further noted that although the budget request for 2011 had not changed from previous years, it is expected that future budget requests will be increased to expand programming. Highlights included:
-Wood stove change-outs (a partnership with RDOS-no longer with NORD although Vernon will participate this year). Educational workshops completed. A $41,250 grant from BC Lung Association for 2011 has been received. The 2011 program is underway and will continue all year. The program has been ongoing for four years but the Province has said this will be the last year for program support.
-Agricultural chipping - 39 participants in 2010 - 140 tonne reduction. New contractor is in place for the next two years. In 2011 20 orchardists have registered. New brochure has been created for the program, Agreement has been made with BCFGA to mail the brochure to all the orchardists in the region.
-Run joint programs with TOM. Future work in program development stage: neighborhood travel planning, school travel planning-targeted planning.
-Recent emissions inventory data reviewed.
-Changes to provincial regulations re: open burning and smoke control regulations; solid fuel burning domestic appliance regulations-a few changes to the region's bylaws will be required.
-Federal regulation changes - comprehensive air management system. What it will mean is there will be tighter restrictions on ground level ozone and PM2.5 levels as well as enhanced regional cooperation in airshed management.
-A review of the management plan required. This will be worked on in this next year.
-2011 air quality budget reviewed.

Discussion
-A presentation to Kelowna Council was requested. Staff will follow-up on the request.
-Will the neighborhood plans be done in all municipalities? Staff noted it will possibly be a pilot in Kelowna and easily adopted in other municipalities. Staff was asked to look at pilot projects throughout the region as this is a regional program.
-Is there any move to vehicle emissions testing in the Central Okanagan? The Province is not looking for an AirCare program outside the lower mainland.
Previously had identified this issue with the Province and there was no desire for this program to be expanded.

EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the 2010 Year End Summary, 2011 Work Plan and 2011 Budget and update on provincial and federal air quality regulations be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.3 Regional District of North Okanagan re: Sterile Insect Release Program Legislative Review (for information)

BAKER/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional District of North Okanagan's letter of February 19, 2011 to the SIR Board and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development regarding the Sterile Insect Release Program Legislative Review be received.

CARRIED

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West Kelowna Council highlights
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 60706 - Mar 10, 2011

The following are highlights from the District of West Kelowna Council meeting held Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Agricultural Land Reserve - Council heard a presentation from Richard Bullock, Chair of the BC Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), speaking on the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The ALC is a tribunal with authority that supersedes local government that considers proposals for land use change involving agricultural land. The ALR is protected and in B.C. where agriculture is legislated as the priority use. The primary objectives of the reserve are to preserve farmland, strengthen farming and to encourage local governments to accommodate fair use in their plans, bylaws and policies

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Stewart offers no fresh insight
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - January 28, 2011

Even though he is the eighth provincial agriculture minister in the past decade and growers are feeling a little desperate at their low returns for fruit, Ben Stewart was received politely Friday by about 100 growers on the second day of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association convention in Penticton.

The feeling among BCFGA members was that although Stewart may not be offering much more help than the ministers that have proceeded him, at least has a background in agriculture and has even been involved in growing tree fruits, so that’s encouraging.

Growers have appealed to many politicians over the years to increase the agriculture ministry budget—since it’s the lowest of any province in the country—and continue programs that support the industry.

But, instead of increasing, the industry has lost ground to budgets in such ministries as health and education.

As BCFGA president Joe Sardinha noted, agriculture is an essential part of health care in B.C., yet it’s a drop in the bucket in comparison.

Stewart did advise that growers must get consumers and retailers onside.

“Eating locally is good for the environment, good for your health and good for the economy,” he commented.

Sardinha suggested growers partner with stores who will commit to go to local farmers first before shopping elsewhere for stock. “Catch the buy-local wave,” he advised.

Instead of relying on government funding for support programs, he suggested growers establish partnerships with retailers.

However, Winfield grower Roger Bailey told Stewart the government has a responsibility to use programs that are already in place to support the industry, for instance, by not allowing the import of produce which contains invasive pests of tree fruits.

“Political will is needed to direct these programs to work,” he said.

Stewart said he’s eaten local apples in New Zealand and in California and they don’t compare in flavour to B.C. apples.

He suggested growers capitalize on that, as well as on such programs as Sterile Insect Release, which has substantially reduced the amount of chemicals used in the valley against the codling moth, because consumers appreciate a product that’s more environmentally-friendly.

He said today people have a growing interest in food, who grew it, where it comes from and what’s in it, and the industry can capitalize on that by telling its story.

One grower asked about support for some form of supply management for the industry, but Stewart was not optimistic, saying trade agreements wouldn’t permit that and it could take a decade to undertake.

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Open Burning Permits Available

Friday, October 1st marks the start of the open burning season within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions.

Fire authorities throughout the region will begin issuing permits effective October 1st for those property owners that are eligible to burn yard waste outdoors. Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning must be complete by April 30th however, fire chiefs may extend or shorten the burning season depending on the fire hazard in their area.

Starting October 1st, those people with properties greater than one hectare are allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority and only when both air and venting conditions are favourable. Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.

Eligible property owners within the Central Okanagan East or the Central Okanagan West electoral areas may obtain a permit by calling the Regional District at 250-469-6223 (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted) weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.

Before lighting any approved fire, all property owners must call the Outdoor Burning Hotline (250-470-5155, Select 1, then 2). The Air Quality and Venting Indices must be good, before any burning begins. Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, creating nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.

Violator’s could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire. Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Fire Department Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.

While property owners with smaller lots are not allowed to burn outdoors they are encouraged to take advantage of other options to dispose of their yard waste. The bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program is underway through the end of November and residents are reminded to only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small prunings inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed. Residents may also choose to use the year-round free yard waste program at either the Glenmore landfill (Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 4:45 pm) or at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Centre (Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday through Monday). Yard waste and pruning’s weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and 20 centimetres or less in diameter may be dropped off for free at either location. When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered. Loads exceeding the maximum weight will be charged $25.00 per ton as long as the yard waste is separated from regular garbage. As well, a number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers. Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.

Most of the burning permits that are issued in the Central Okanagan are for agricultural burning, which is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation. However, farmers must also call the Outdoor Burning Hotline to ensure burning is allowed before starting any fire. The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the .pdf icon Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method.

Fire Department Jurisdictions

Call the Regional District 250-469-6223 (weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays)
Note: North Westside residents may call ‘Collect’ or avoid long distance charges by using a cellular phone. They may also contact North Westside Fire/Rescue at 250-545-1195 to obtain a permit.

City of Kelowna residents contact - Kelowna Fire Department 250-469-8801

Lake Country residents contact - Lake Country Fire Department 250-766-2327

Peachland residents contact - Peachland Fire Rescue Service 250-767-2841

West Kelowna residents contact – West Kelowna Fire/Rescue 250-769-1640

All West Kelowna municipal burning permits will be issued from Lakeview Station 32, 2708 Olalla Road

(September 28, 2010)

Source:  RDCO's What's New

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.pdf icon January 13, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Advisory Commission Appointment

The Regional Board has appointed a new member to the Regional District of Central Okanagan Agricultural Advisory Commission. Molly Thurston will serve a three-year term on the Commission until January 2014. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity on agricultural issues to the Regional Board and reviews pertinent applications regarding the potential impact of planning decisions on agriculture.

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9. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Planning:
9.1 Agricultural Advisory Commission - Appointment of Molly Thurston (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

REID/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board appoint Molly Thurston to a three-year term as a member of the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission (term expiring January 2014).

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 4, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

3.2 Connie Bielert, Executive Director - BC Grapegrowers Association Update on Starling Control Program

Connie Bielert addressed the committee and provided an overview of the 2010 starling control program including:

• Reviewed the pilot program which began in 2003-2006. Wanted the program to continue as it proved to be of great value. It was expanded valley-wide with a research component.
• A review of how the program operates was provided including the bird counts between 2003-2009.
• 2010 was an unusual year - high number of birds at various times.
• Trapping occurs year round, no breeding in the winter months but winter populations were increasing.
• Research objectives were reviewed.
• Successes of the program include: reduction in bird control measures for producers, reduction in crop damage, and a great deal of interest in the program from other regions.
• Funding for the program - each regional district contributes $25,000 per year through a service bylaw including up to 2012. West Kelowna contributes their funds directly for the program.

Discussion:
One indication of the success of the program is that grape growers are contributing to the program. Integrated pest management occurs.

Orchardists have found less damage to their crops and less netting has been used.

How many trapping locations are in the Central Okanagan? One location at the Marshall's Feed Lot with many traps. Seasonal traps in a variety of locations. Trappers set their goals for the area which will be a benefit for the program-the count and value to the program is critical.

Are there any natural approaches being used. The falconer programs take place. Agriculture producers use falcons on their farms. This is part of the integration of the program.

Nesting information is available on-line.

Partnership with UBC-O is invaluable. Funding from the regional districts and trapping groups is kept separate from the research funding.

#GS72/10 EDGSON/RULE
THAT the update on the Starling Control Program be received.

CARRIED

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DWK Council highlights
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 57735 - Oct 22, 2010

The following are highlights from West Kelowna's Special Council Meeting held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Agricultural Plan - Council endorsed the Agricultural Background Report and directed staff to include the report as part of the Final Agricultural Plan currently being developed. The Background Report provides an overview of agriculture in the District of West Kelowna, indicating the current context and future vision and strategies to achieve the vision. The District’s Agricultural Advisory Committee discussed the Background Report and commented that the document provides a great overview of agriculture in the District. The next steps in the development of the Agricultural Plan are:

•Completion of an online survey – Winter 2010/2011

•Delivery of Issues and Opportunities Report and presentation to Council – Winter 2010/2011

•Public open house and consultation – Winter/Spring 2011

•Council and committees review of Draft Agricultural Plan – Winter/Spring 2011

•Delivery of final Agricultural Plan and presentation to Council – Spring 2011

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Local farmers speak out at public hearing regarding RV parks
AM1150 Local News - Tue, 2010-07-13

Kelowna city council have approved a zoning bylaw amendment that will allow farmers to house RV's.

Council voted in favor of 4 significant changes to the agri-tourism application, which include a minimum requirement of 4 hectares of land to operate.

A very emotional Paula Morrison, who owns a hay farm in town, spoke against the idea at Tuesday night's public hearing.

"I ask you to please keep focused on the primary use of the Agriculture Land Reserve, which is farming. We recognize there are other interests, which are both societal and economical. It's not the responsibility of the farm to support tourism, commercial RV parks, cancer patients, students, business owners and low income housing."

Morrison says the abuse by some is evident.

Nicholas Swart, who owns a raspberry farm, says the minimum 10 metre setback is too close.

"I can't fathom the thought of having 4 or 5 large RV vehicles, that close to my property, on a farm. It's wrong, simply wrong."

City Councillor Robert Hobson was the only one who voted against the housekeeping amendments.

"We should define it around the need to support Agriculture with a truly secondary use, which is an agri-tourism use. Not a tourist-recreation use, which is a commercial operation, which in my view should be in a different place."

RV's will not be allowed to stay longer than 30 days and operators can only allow accommodations on their sites between April 1st and October 31st.

The 14 sites that currently offer agri-tourism will be grandfathered, with each case being looked at individually.

The bylaw is expected to be adopted sometime in August.

Matt Folkard - Kelowna

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Cheap apple sell-off protest a hit, this time under noses of MLAs
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - June 03, 2010

Consumers seem to be a little more politically aware in Victoria, where orchardists trucked nine bins of apples over the weekend to sell at the James Bay Farm Market.

B.C. Fruit Growers Association board member Fred Steele commented: “They were very well-educated about marketplace problems, and many of those buying our apples had come out to support us.”

Growers have been selling apples at farmer’s markets around the province at the price they’re receiving for them this year, 12 cents a pound—far below supermarket prices—to draw attention to the fact they are receiving less than half what it costs to produce the fruit.

The first such sale was held at the Kelowna Farmer’s Market April 3, when 5,000 pounds of apples were sold, in an event that saw lineups snaking through the market; then 7,200 were sold at the Abbotsford Farm Market April 24.

Last weekend 6,400 pounds were sold in Victoria, mostly a bag at a time, said Steele.

Buyers included Opposition leader Carole James and agriculture critic Lana Popham, he said.

Proceeds from all the sales are donated to such causes as the local food bank, children’s hospital or the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets.

Brochures are also handed out explaining the importance of consumers buying local in order to support B.C.’s farm community.

Steele said a Facebook page created by Nadene Casorso, a Kelowna grower, now has nearly 3,300 supporters. The website can be accessed by searching for ‘I support Okanagan tree fruit growers.’

However, the growers’ ultimate aim is to get public support for emergency government assistance for the industry to carry it over this crash in market prices, which is partly due to a huge crop of apples from south of the border last year, and partly to the strong Canadian dollar.

The province has said there will not be an ad hoc payment, but Agriculture Minister Steve Thomson says the government is trying to come up with some other way of helping growers over this difficult time.

Without any income from last year’s crop, many growers say they can’t afford to continue to maintain their orchards by pruning and fertilizing and spraying.

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

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RVs parked on farmland raise conflict
Kelowna Capital News - May 21, 2010

Paula Morrison moved to her rural neighbourhood about 10 years ago to raise her children and live a peaceful existence.

It was all going well until recently, when a cavalcade of RVs moved onto her street, increasing what was once a six-home neighbourhood into an area of residence for 34 families. And that number, she said, is ever-increasing.

“I started noticing that one neighbour was moving trailers onto his property and I thought it was family or friends,” she said.

“Then I found out he was renting month-to-month. We have a wonderful pocket of farmland here and every time I wake up it seems like there’s another RV site opening.”

While making inquiries into how her neighbourhood could change so quickly, she learned that these RV farm sites are sanctioned by the city, through business licenses, and are an approved use of farmland by the Agricultural Land Commission.

It was a policy that didn’t resonate well with Morrison, as she believes most of the businesses have nothing to do with agriculture—paving over trees to bring in camping pads.

And worse yet, it’s creating a safety concern for the families who are using the land for traditional farming, she said.

“There’s a density, environmental and sustainability issue here,” she said, explaining that most of those who use the site aren’t tourists, they’re full-time residents.

“We already see a rise in police enforcement in our area, directly linked to the current 10-site trailer park/property that has been running for the past year (on) Morrison Road,” she stated.

“With two more properties approved and the addition of 18 more sites to the area and one directly adjacent to our property, we are gravely concerned with the increased negative impact of the tenants and the impact on the surrounding neighbours, and the safety of children.”

The concerns of Morrison and others are at the centre of a soon-to-be scheduled public hearing that was discussed at Monday’s city council meeting.

City staff offered up some stricter bylaws to deal with the 14 to 16 RV agri-tourism sites currently operating on farmland around Kelowna, where neighbours’ concerns over the sanitary facilities provided, as well as the impact on agricultural land, run rampant.

Proposed regulations, which could come to be after the hearing, would address those issues by restricting the number of RV spots that could be made available on farms, and pushing the boundary of the RV site further into the landowner’s space, among other things.

Coun. Luke Stack has been speaking with Kelowna residents who are being impacted by campgrounds, and has visited a few to suss out what’s happening.

“I went to look at the ones at Morrison Street and they look very much like an established RV Park, and that disturbed me,” said Stack.

“The idea of agri-tourism is to support local farmers and enhance the viability of a particular farm.

“My concern is if the RV part of the park dominates the farm, that’s not supporting the primary goal of agriculture.”

At minimum, Stack said he’d like to see firm regulations on how many RV units can be put on a farm, minimum setbacks from neighbours and other farms, and that there is something binding people from making the RV site their permanent residence.

“When I looked around, some RVs had framed in the bottom of their trailers,” he said.

“The purpose was never to create more housing.”

That, in conjunction with misuse, has prompted Stack to believe the city should not only enforce the existing bylaws more ardently, but also stop issuing business licenses for future RV campground owners.

It’s not a point of view that resonated well with Catalina Dudka, of Caramoomel Natural Fine Foods.

Her family has farmed 20 acres of land at Morrison Road since the 1970s, and have adapted several times to make ends meet.

RV agri-tourism, she said, is just a natural evolution to an industry that’s struggling.

“We needed more exposure, it was a complimentary thing. Visitors stay, do a tour of the facilities, love them, buy them and give them away, spreading the word,” she said.

There are two other RV farm sites on her street.

While hers has yet to get fully into the swing of things, she’s already invested $200,000 to meet city regulations.

If new restrictions come into play, she and her family will be put in a tough position.

“This business isn’t easy to do,” she said of the vegetable and fruit products business her parents started 20 years ago after farming left them high and dry.

“The food industry is very competitive and we needed to supplement our income with something.

“So we looked at the numbers of RVs and thought there’s a steadiness to the income we can appreciate.”

Her parents run the business, and they’re aging. That alone adds incentive to the agri-tourism model, she said.

“Once you set up, it doesn’t give a lot of work to upkeep, and it’s steady backup for when things aren’t so hot on the other side,” she said

Dudka added that drawing in travelers with home-made goods is a tradition that spans centuries, so she’s not sure what the fuss is all about.

She also couldn’t speak to knowledge of anyone who is abusing the model by not farming the land where RVs are parked.

Dudka believes that the city is lacking amenities, and those businesses are a natural evolution, filling the gap.

However, that’s not something that Morrison has any sympathy for as she’ll be at the upcoming public hearing making sure that people hear her concerns.

“Ultimately the policy should be reviewed to ensure that the bylaws support farmers and that it is not detrimental to farming,” she said.

“To ensure there is a connection to the land.

“There is very little if any agricultural work going on the properties I have mentioned.”

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.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Agricultural Land Reserve Application

The Regional Board has given its support to a subdivision application made to the Agricultural Land Commission for a parcel located in Ellison. The proponent wishes to subdivide a 5.34-hectare property along Fathers Place in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area into two lots. The proposed subdivision is in keeping with the property zoning designation in the Ellison Official Community Plan and the Regional District Agricultural Plan.

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.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Anti-Idling and Air Quality Initiatives
The Regional Board has asked staff to provide information on anti-idling policies of Central Okanagan local governments to the Okanagan- Similkameen Airshed Coalition. As well, staff will prepare a report for consideration of the Governance and Services Committee regarding a proposed antiidling campaign for the Central Okanagan. The Board also supports efforts of the Airshed Coalition to seek outside funding sources in order to update public information pamphlets on chipping and air quality.

.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 4.2 Air Quality Service Recommendation.pdf

* This is only a snippett, please click link above for entire document *

3.3. Tree Fruit and Grape Removal Program (Tree Removal Funding)

Discussion:
o It is understood that the BC Fruit Growers Association wants to form a committee to discuss best management practices.
o Tree removal funding program needs more accountability.
o It is understood that the criteria for funding is based on acreage in production.
o Discussion on a disposal plan/check list for orchard/vineyard infrastructure is not a criteria and would be beneficial if there was accountability through this program to ensure these materials (treated posts, wire, irrigation tubing) are disposed of correctly and not burned.
o Encourage chipping - maybe another criteria for this funding is one third of the funding is put aside for local government chipping programs or provided to growers if they are chipping themselves (chips help build carbon rich soils - while synthetic nitrogen is a GHG.

ACTION: That the staff find out the following:
o Who is responsible for the Tree Fruit and Grape Removal Program
o What is the criteria for the grant funding?

MOTION:
THAT the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition write a letter to the Tree Fruit and Grapevine Removal Program and forward a copy to the three regional districts and the BC Fruit Growers Association regarding the funding criteria for the program, requesting that an applicant submit a disposal plan as part of the criteria under the Tree Fruit and Grapevine Removal Program;

FURTHER THAT the disposal plan include best practices for disposal of orchard and vineyard materials including plastics, wires and treated posts.


1. The BCFGA Convention

2. On-Farm Safety Program - Allan Patton

3. Tree & Vine Removal Program - Janice Johnston

4.7. Agriculture Update:

4.8. Communication Strategy to Growers - Valley-wide

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April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program.pdf (for some reason RDCO has this under Bylaw Dispute Adjudication)

*This is only a portion of the agenda ... please click links for entire contents

4.7. Agriculture Update:
1. The BCFGA Convention
It was noted that the wood chipping program was discussed at the BCFGA convention. The BCFGA looked into the Federal Tree and Vine Removal Program and were concerned that they were unable to provide any feedback in regards to criteria, however in the future hand outs with information on alternatives to burning and the chipping programs will be provided to growers who apply for the program with information

2. On-Farm Safety Program - Allan Patton
The Chair had discussions with a Certifier from the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-op, On Farm Food Safe (On-Farm) regarding the Coalition's trouble in communicating with farmers on alternative methods, such as chipping in order to reduce air quality concerns within the valley. On-Farm was asked for assistance (as they go to every farm) in providing an information package regarding chipping programs and alternatives to burning to the farming community. The Certifier (Diane Goltz) communicated that they would be in favor of providing support to the Coalition.

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OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN AIRSHED COALITION MINUTES Feb. 24, 2010

MOTION: L1TKE/EDGSON
That the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition write a letter to the Okanagan Tree Fruit Coop, On Farm Food Safe asking them to provide information on the chipping programs and alternatives to burning (provided by OSAC) to each farmer during their site visits.

CARRIED

3. Tree & Vine Removal Program - Janice Johnston
It was noted that Staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, BCFGA·and the Region meet at the RDOS on Feb 1, 2010. One of the outcomes was that with future funding criteria they would like to include a Waste Disposal Plan checklist that growers would have to fill out prior to funding. The Ministry also wanted RDOS to expand on their guide to include a checklist on best management practices. RDOS will be applying for funding and asking Interior Health Authority to come on board. This will be a valley wide initiative and copies will be provided to the regional districts in the valley.

4.8. Communication Strategy to Growers - Valley-wide
The Coalition discussed ideas to ensure that communities in the valley receive a consistent communication message and that information is available in different languages.

MOTION: SHEPHERD/PATTON
That Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition recommend to the participating Regional Districts to support a valley wide communication strategy for raising awareness about chipping programs and air quality issues to all growers throughout the Valley and that the information provided be translated into other languages.

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Agricultural water rates given slight increase
Vernon Morning Star - By Roger Knox - April 08, 2010

There’s a sprinkling of good news for area agriculturists.

Following a presentation by board agricultural representatives Ted Osborn, Jamie Kidston and Tom Ouchi, North Okanagan Regional District directors voted in favour of a 2.5 per cent water rate increase for agriculturists.

The move comes after a Greater Vernon Advisory Committee recommended NORD approve a nine per cent water rate increase for all water users.

“This provides some surety to agriculture on what its rate structure will be looking like into the future,” said Osborn.

Speaking for the trio, Osborn provided a history lesson.

He noted a Master Water Plan was developed by the North Okanagan Water Authority, the pre-cursor of today’s Greater Vernon Water Utility, when it became clear that future system development needed to incorporate the separation of domestic and agricultural water.

Financial models developed which then predicted the schedule of agricultural and domestic rates that would be necessary to successfully fund the future development of the water system to effectively meet the water needs of all water users covered in the region.

Osborn said agricultural water rates have increased almost exactly as perceived in the Master Water Plan.

“The agricultural water users were under the clear impression their rates would increase by the cost of living,” he said.

In 2009, the increase would rise from $210.56 per hectare to somewhere between $214.77 to $215.82 per hectare.

A nine per cent increase would see agricultural water users paying $229.51 per hectare.

“The industry will not only have suffered an unwarranted expense increase, but this increase is compounded into the future expenses of operation,” said Osborn, who argued that the agricultural community was not consulted when the nine per cent increase for all users was proposed.

The reduction for agriculturists means a potential loss of about $45,000 in revenue for NORD, but that didn’t concern Coldstream director Doug Dirk, who made the motion to reduce the rates.

“We have all kinds of special projects that came up during our budget deliberation, and we can decide those within the budget, but we’ll be able to handle $45,000,” said Dirk.

BX-Silver Star director Mike Macnabb voted in favour of the motion, but said more work on how much water is used by agriculturists needs to be done.

“I don’t want to punish the agriculturists,” he said. “But we have to get a little more information.

“The number 2.5 per cent is the best working number until we get more information.”

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.pdf icon March 22, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Starling Control Bylaw Adopted
The Regional Board has adopted a Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw. The bylaw sets up the mechanism for the Regional District to contribute up to $25,000 a year through 2012 towards the Okanagan Starling Control program.

.pdf icon March 22, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1262, 2009 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/CRAIG
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1262, 2009 be adopted this 22nd day of March 2010.

CARRIED

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February 11, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Not posted in the Highlights of the Board Meetings.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

3.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Starling Control Program - Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant in Aid (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 23rd outlined that as the annual contribution to the Starling Control program may change because it is based on the converted values in the annual revised assessment roll, it would be advisable to leave out the actual dollar amount in the resolution to approve electoral area funding for the program for the remaining three years. As well, as 2011 is the Civic Election, the elected Director of the day should be asked to approve the 2012 funding for the program.

EDGSON/FONESCA
THAT resolution #06/10 be amended to read:
THAT an annual Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area grant in aid be allocated to the BC Grapegrowers Association for the Starling Control program for the years 2010 and 2011 based on the annual revised assessment roll converted values and the percentage of contribution for the $25,000 program;

AND FURTHER THAT staff budget in the 5-year financial plan for the electoral area's grant in aid in 2012 and seek director approval for that year's contribution.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 23, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Agricultural Advisory Committee

The Regional Board has approved two appointments to the Agricultural Advisory Committee. Joining the committee for three year terms expiring in November 2012 are Lisa Cameron and Bob Fugger. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Board and reviews agricultural related applications and issues.

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November 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.4 Agricultural Advisory Commission Appointments.pdf

DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT For the Board November 23, 2009

TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Ron Fralick, Planner 1
DATE: November 17, 2009
SUBJECT: Agricultural Advisory Commission Membership (Our File: 0540-20-01)

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board appoints Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron to three-year terms as members of the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission (MC) (expiring November 2012).

PURPOSE:
To consider appointing two new members to the Agricultural Advisory Commission (MC) to three year terms in accord with the Agricultural Advisory Commission Terms of Reference (amended August 2006).

BACKGROUND:
The Agricultural Advisory Commission (MC), established in 1994, is an Advisory Commission of the Regional Board. The Commission provides advice to the Board, other Commissions and staff regarding agricultural issues and the potential impact of planning decisions on agriculture.

Terms of Reference for the MC were most recently amended in August of 2006 and indicate that the membership of the MC shall be comprised of not less than three (3) or more than· seven (7) volunteer individuals who reside within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The membership will reflect a diversity of agricultural professions, practices, sectors and commodity groups and will include a designated representative of the provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

Appointments are for a three (3) year term. A member may be re-appointed to serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive three-year terms.

The MC recently expressed concern with regard to membership due to the recent resignation of one MC member (four members remaining). The Commission believed it necessary to solicit the agricultural community in an attempt to gain new members. As such, Planning staff canvassed the region via news releases and notices being forwarded to various agricultural groups and organizations.

As a result of the canvass initiative, two individuals expressed interest to the Regional District in becoming members of the AAC. They are; Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron. A brief biography of Mr. Fugger and Ms. Cameron outlining their qualifications for membership in the AAC is attached.

DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT COMMENTS:
Planning staff reviewed the submissions and based on our review, we believe that Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron meet the relevant qualifications and experience criteria. It is recommended that the Regional Board approve the appointment of Bob Fugger and Lisa Cameron for three year terms on the Regional District Agricultural Advisory Commission (AAC).

Respectfully submitted,
Ron Fralick, MCIP
Planner 1

Dan Plamondon, Manager Development & Environmental Services

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.pdf icon April 27, 2009 - Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Agricultural Land Exclusion Application

The Regional Board supports an application to exclude a portion of properties adjacent to Trepanier Road from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The applicants are asking the Agricultural Land Commission to remove a 1.23-hectare portion of two
properties from the ALR and subdivide three lots from a 12.24-hectare parcel in order to accommodate the donation a .93-hectare parcel to the new Trepanier Greenway Regional Park. As well, it’s proposed that one of the subdivided properties will be consolidated with an adjoining lot. Poor soils and steep slopes on the properties limit the capacity for farming. Regional District staff, the Agricultural Advisory Commission and District of Peachland also support the exclusion application.

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.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Land Commission Notification Process

The Regional Board has directed staff to write the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) asking for expanded public notification when it comes to ALC applications. At the present time, public notification is only required for exclusion applications. The Regional District would like that expanded to include applications for subdivision, non-farm use and to include land within the Agricultural Land Reserve

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.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes (Pg. 6)

6.2 b) Report regarding public notification process associated with Provincial Agricultural Land Commission applications.
(File: 6635-00) (All Directors)

Staff report dated March 12, 2009 outlined the background for a public notification process associated with provincial Agricultural Land Commission applications. The Governance and Services Committee reviewed the issue at its March 5, 2009 meeting and forwards the following recommendation for consideration.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT a letter be forwarded to the provincial Agricultural Land Commission requesting that consideration be given to expand the current public notification requirement for exclusion applications, to also apply to applications for subdivision, non-farm use, and to include land within the Agriculture Land Reserve.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 5, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Development & Environmental Services

5.1 ALR - public notification process

Staff noted that the Regional Board directed staff to review the requirement for notifying neighbors on ALR applications.

ALC did not pursue a change in legislation to require notification. To this end the application procedure bylaw does have notification requirements. Staff are concerned that it should be the ALC who requires this and is concerned regarding staff time required should the regional district be required to complete notification.

Under the current ALC rules public notification is up to the applicant not the Regional District. The application fee paid to the regional district is $300 and it requires a great deal of staff time just to bring referral applications forward. Concern was expressed that this just puts extra work on farmers noting that BC has the most stringent rules for agricultural land exclusion.

#GS1509 SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend to the Regional Board that a letter be forwarded to the provincial Agricultural Land Commission requesting that consideration be given to expand the current public notification requirement for exclusion applications to also apply to applications for subdivision, non-farm use, and to include land within the ALR.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater, Ophus, James)

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.pdf icon January 26, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Agricultural Land Commission Application

The Regional Board has deferred consideration of a referral application from the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for outdoor concerts and special events on a portion of the former Eight Mile Ranch.

The proponents behind the Heartland Ranch off Highway 33 in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area have asked the ALC to allow the non-farm use on a 5.6-hectare portion of the 71-hectare property.

Should the Commission approve the application the proponents will be required to seek approval of the Regional District for each special event or outdoor concert at the site. The Board has asked that staff contact neighbouring property owners for comments and advising of the proposed non-farm use application to host special events and concerts at the Heartland site.

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City OK with sports fields on farm land
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - May 28, 2008

Vernon’s politicians aren’t opposed to farm land being used for parks.

Council will notify the Greater Vernon Services Committee that sites within the Agricultural Land Reserve should be considered for sports fields.

“If we believe in a sports complex and to get a large enough site, there’s a good chance most or all of it will be in the ALR,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane.

The decision among council was unanimous Monday.

“We’re not talking removal of land from the ALR but use for park purposes,” said Coun. Barry Beardsell.

“Anything for structures would need the sanction of the Agricultural Land Commission.”

But the city insists that any specific projects would have to be scrutinized first for suitability and GVSC is not being given the green light to construct fields on farm land.

“We need to look at it on an individual basis and weigh the pros and cons,” said Cochrane.

Monday’s discussion arose after a request from GVSC.

“It would be beneficial if the City of Vernon and the District of Coldstream would advise as to whether or not they would support the use of land in the ALR for play fields and would they support such use within their municipality,” said Al McNiven, parks and recreation administrator, in a letter.

“Do you support one site or two or more sites? If this position is known, then a list of possible sites could be prepared for the meeting.”

Late last year, a majority of voters in Coldstream opposed an application being sent to the ALC for a sports complex to be constructed on part of Coldstream Ranch.

Beardsell believes it’s important for the city to have a position now on the potential use of farm land.

“Do we want to see a waste of time like transpired in the District of Coldstream?” he said.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes - January 28, 2008 (Pg. 6)

.pdf icon Regional District of Central Okanagan Agricultural Advisory Committee 2008

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.pdf icon April 16, 2007 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Intensive Agricultural Nuisance Bylaw

The Regional Board has given two readings to a proposed nuisance bylaw that would help manage intensive agricultural operations that may affect urban residential areas. The bylaw would address possible noise, odour and other complaints not associated with normal farm practises at intensive farm operations such as livestock and poultry feedlots.
The bylaw provides a local mechanism for enforcement and would support the existing requirements under the Farm Practises Protection (Right to Farm) Act and Agricultural Land Commission Act. The bylaw will be advertised for public input prior to final reading.

.pdf icon April 16, 2007 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.5a Intensive Agricultural Operations Nuisance Bylaw

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click links above for entire content

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Intensive Agricultural Operations Nuisance Bylaw No. XXXX, 2007 be given first and second readings, and advertised prior to the Regional Board's reconsideration and adoption.

PURPOSE:
To provide the RDCO Board with a tool to manage "non-normal" intensive agriculture operations.

POLICY:
The legislative context for intensive agriculture falls under the following key pieces of legislation: the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA); the Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA), and; the Local Government Act (LGA). Public health and safety, and waste disposal matters, however, supersede the above legislation and are administered and enforced under the Environmental Management Act, the Health Act and the Pesticide Control Act.

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The proposed nuisance bylaw addresses the prohibition, prevention and abatement of "nonnormal" intensive agricultural operations within the Regional District. This bylaw outlines for the RDCO Board, staff and members of the public, the RDCO's role in the complaint and enforcement process addressing "non-normal" intensive agricultural operations, as determined by the Farm Industry Review Board (FIRB).
Currently, should an RDCO staff member receive a nuisance complaint about an intensive agricultural operation, the complainant is advised to contact the local MAL office, triggering the Ministry's complaint process outlined above. Upon review of the complaint, should the FIRB determine that the nuisance is the result of a "non-normal" farm practice, enforcement via a local government nuisance bylaw could ensue. Staff outline, however, that if a complaint is due to a "normal" farm practice, then that activity would be protected from a nuisance bylaw, and that the only form of recourse would be through the Provincial court system.

.pdf icon April 16, 2007 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

6.5 Bylaws: (First & Second Readings and Advertise) (Unweighted Vote)

a) RDCO Intensive Agricultural Operations Nuisance Bylaw No. 1209, 2007 for the Regional District of Central Okanagan, Westside & Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas (All Directors) Planning Services staff report dated March 30, 2007 reviewed the rationale for an Intensive Agricultural Operations Nuisance Bylaw. It was noted that Section 3. Exception should read section 2, not 3. Concern was expressed that there is no definition for ‘non-normal farming practices’. Staff were requested to check references in legislation regarding the use of the wording, non-normal versus normal farm practice.

HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Intensive Agricultural Operations Nuisance Bylaw No. 1209, 2007 be given first and second readings this 16th day of April 2007; AND FURTHER THAT the bylaw be advertised prior to third reading and the Regional Board’s reconsideration and adoption.

CARRIED

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