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Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) bylaw enforcement

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In case you ever encounter dog control wanting to seize your dog, under Section 49 of the Community Charter, they first have to have a warrant to seize from your personal residence.  Section 49 of the Community Charter is what the Dog Control Officers use frequently outside the Bylaw. It gives them “Absolute Powers”.

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Ombudsperson releases guide for fair bylaw enforcement

Victoria – B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke has released a guide today aimed at improving the fairness of local government bylaw enforcement programs.

“Bylaw Enforcement: Best Practices Guide for Local Governments is to help municipal officials review and revise bylaw enforcement programs to support fair treatment, save money and inspire public confidence,” says Ombudsperson Chalke. “Whether it’s animal control, noise complaints, unsightly premises, building permits – or any other area covered under a bylaw – this report provides a path to fairness.”

Bylaw enforcement processes addressed in the new guide include the role of council, complaint handling, investigations, enforcement decisions and appeals. Five best practices checklists are also included for quick reference.

“Too often bylaw enforcement can result in unnecessary conflict, unfairness and frustration,” says Chalke. “Our investigations of local governments have identified root causes to these problems that are recurring, preventable – or both.”

Examples of Ombudsperson bylaw enforcement investigations are found in the guide. Local governments make up about eight per cent of complaints made to the Office of the Ombudsperson, the independent office with oversight over administrative fairness of B.C. public authorities – including each municipality, regional district, improvement district and the Islands Trust.

“Bylaw Enforcement is a practical tool each local government in B.C. can use to best apply the principles of administrative fairness,” says Chalke.

Each local government in B.C. will receive a copy of Bylaw Enforcement: Best Practices Guide for Local Governments. The guide can be obtained free of charge at www.bcombudsperson.ca

Since 1979, the Office of the Ombudsperson has had a statutory mandate from the provincial legislature to uphold fair and reasonable conduct by provincial public authorities. In addition to investigating individual complaints, the Ombudsperson also publishes systemic investigations and recommendations for changes that address administrative unfairness and improve public administration in B.C.

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Media Contact: Brad Densmore, Outreach Information and Education Officer | 250 356 7740

Backgrounder attached.

Full Report

News Release

Date Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Source: https://www.bcombudsperson.ca/documents/bylaw-enforcement-best-practices-guide-local-governments

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.pdf icon January 25, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Board Policies and RDCO Bylaws Reviews

The Regional Board has directed staff to review all policies of the Regional Board and RDCO bylaws with the goal of ensuring all documents reflect the culture, vision and strategic objectives of the Board and are consistent with legislative requirements. It’s envisioned the work will be done over the next 18 months and the Board will consider updates and amendments to relevant policies and bylaws while potentially deleting those that are no longer needed.

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.pdf icon Item 7.2 Systemic Review Of Current Board Policies

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SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR DIRECTION - SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF CURRENT BOARD POLICIES
Purpose: To seek direction from the Board to systematically review all Board Policies over the next 18 to 24 months.

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SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR DIRECTION - SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF RDCO BYLAWS
Purpose: To seek direction from the Board to systematically review all RDCO Bylaws over the next 12 to 18 months.

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7.2 Systematic Review of Current Board Policies - Request for Direction (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Chief Administrative Officer report dated January 18, 2016 outlined the requirement for review of RDCO policies to ensure they are relevant, and amend where necessary. This review will be conducted over the next 18-24 months.

In discussion it was suggested to separate Administrative policies from the Board policies. Is it necessary to review both policies and bylaws at the same time, and are there staff resources to complete these projects. The Administrator noted that this work needs to be done and believes many of the policies will not take long to review.

FINDLATER/GRAY
THAT the Board direct staff to systematically bring forward all Regional Board policies for review over the next 18 to 24 months.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.3 Systematic Review of RDCO Bylaws - Request for Direction (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Chief Administrative Officer report dated January 18, 2016 outlined the requirement for review of all pertinent RDCO bylaws and update them with proper references to the newly enacted Local Government Act. This review will be conducted over the next 12-18 months.

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Board direct staff to systematically bring forward all Regional District bylaws for review over the next 12 to 18 months.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Service Reviews Supported

The Regional Board has received a number of reports following scheduled reviews of eleven separate services. The Board supports the continued service delivery model for the following regional and sub-regional services: Solid Waste Collection, Crime Stoppers, Crime Prevention, False Alarm Reduction and Victim Services.

Two of the services reviewed that are funded by ratepayers in the two Electoral Areas are supported by the Electoral Area Directors for continued delivery: Business Licensing and Unsightly Premises Bylaw Enforcement. The two Directors support the continued delivery of Okanagan Regional Library Services in the Electoral Areas while staff pursues concerns about using the most accurate and reflective population figures to ensure a fair proration of funding requisitions.

The Electoral Area Directors received the service reviews for Noise Control Bylaw Enforcement, Building Inspection and Electoral Area Fire Prevention and will meet with the Chief Administrative to discuss service delivery options including potential withdrawal from the service.

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1B Bylaw Enforcement Unsightly Premises Electoral Areas Service Review

.pdf icon Item 7.1C Bylaw Enforcement Noise Control Electoral Areas Service Review

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SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement - Unsightly Premises (Electoral Areas) Service Review
Purpose: To bring forward recommendations from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the service review for the Unsightly Premises Service Review for Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.
Executive Summary:
The attached service review report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises Service.
CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises Service.
Respectfully Submitted:
Brian Reardon
Chief Administrative Officer

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SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement - Noise Control (Electoral Areas) Service Review
Purpose: To bring forward recommendations from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the service review for the Noise Control Service Review for Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.
Executive Summary:
The attached service review report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Noise Control Service.
CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Noise Control Service.
Respectfully Submitted:
Brian Reardon
Chief Administrative Officer

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The Administrator noted that establishment bylaws will be reviewed as there are new sections in the Local Government Act that came into effect January 1, 2016 that may apply to the bylaws.

b) Bylaw Enforcement - Unsightly Premises (Electoral Areas) Service Review (Electoral Area Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 4, 2016 outlined the 2015 service review for bylaw enforcement - unsightly premises in the two electoral areas.
Director Carson noted that at the Governance & Services Committee meeting in November he did not support the continuation of the unsightly premise service.
He wishes to look at contracting out in the future. Further discussion with the CAO will occur.
It was noted that this is a service that one bylaw enforcement staff enforces as part of multiple services.

CARSON/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the Unsightly Premises Service review information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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c) Bylaw Enforcement - Noise Control (Electoral Areas) Service Review (Electoral Area Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 4, 2016 outlined the 2015 service review for bylaw enforcement - noise control in the two electoral areas.
Directors Carson and Hanson do not support the continuation of this service.
Director Carson stated the RCMP should respond or contract out. The question was raised what would occur with the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's court order and special permits approved annually by the Board. Further discussion with the CAO will occur.

HANSON/CARSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the Noise Control Service review information.

CARRIED Unanimously

CARSON/HANSON
THAT staff be directed to continue to meet with the electoral area directors to review electoral area services and discuss options available.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Call any day with bylaw complaint in West Kelowna
Kelowna Daily Courier - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Contributed

West Kelowna’s bylaw enforcement department will take calls seven days a week, beginning this weekend.
People with a bylaw issue can phone 778-797-8810 seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Calls made after hours will be forwarded to an automated messaging system for followup the next business day.

Source: http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_7ceb1918-fabc-11e4-995b-b79a6410b299.html

In the Regional District of Central Okanagan, there is no bylaw enforcement on weekends.

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 and 7.2 Unsightly Premises Noise Control Service Review

.pdf icon Item 7.9 Business Licensing Program Service Review

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Item 7.1 and 7.2 Unsightly Premises Noise Control Service Review
Purpose: To present a Service Review Report for the RCMP Victim Services Program and confirm if there are any additional issues the Board wishes to have addressed.

Executive Summary:
On January 16, 2014 the Board approved a Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule that has every service the Regional District provides reviewed every five (5) years. In 2015 the RCMP Victim Services Program is one of ten services that are subject to review. In preparing this Service Review Report staff reviewed the program's mandate, goals, and activities to confirm we are achieving the Board's objective of providing efficient, cost effective services.
The primary objective of this program is to provide bylaw enforcement services for unsightly premises and noise control complaints in the electoral areas only: Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West. Enforcement is complaint driven. The Regional District has one fulltime employee-the Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer-that is responsible for enforcing general bylaw complaints. In the last two years, a casual bylaw enforcement officer has assisted with education and enforcement, as required.
Noise Control: In 2014, two complaints were received, no tickets were issues. In 2015, no complaints have been received to date. Staff receives a very limited number of calls that require education but no enforcement.
Unsightly Premises: In 2014, 16 complaints were received, 1 enforcement order given and one ticket issued. In 2015, 9 complaints were received, 4 enforcement orders given, and no tickets have been issued to date.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises and Noise Control Services.

Item 7.9 Business Licensing Program Service Review
Purpose: To present a Service Review Report for the Business Licensing Program and confirm if there are any additional issues the Board wishes to have addressed.

Executive Summary:
On January 16, 2014 the Board approved a Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule that has every service the Regional District provides reviewed every five (5) years. In 2015 the Business Licensing Program is one of ten services that are subject to review. In preparing this Service Review Report staff reviewed the program's mandate, goals, and activities to confirm we are achieving the Board's objective of providing efficient, cost effective services.
The primary objective of this program is the administration of the Central Okanagan Business Licensing and Regulations Bylaw and the Inter-Community Business License Bylaw in order to ensure businesses comply' with local zoning and building regulations and to minimize the impacts of incompatible adjacency issues. This program currently administers approximately 220 business licenses, of which, more than one third currently participate in the InterCommunity Licence program and the Province's Mobile Business Registry.
This service review concludes that this program is meeting its current mandate and achieving its goals. At this time staff would be pleased to answer any questions the Board may have regarding this report and ask the Board if it has any other issues they would like followed up on in this review.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for the Business Licensing Program.

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

7. 2015 Board Approved Service Reviews

In January 2014, the Regional Board approved a schedule of service reviews. The following ten services were reviewed in 2015. This provided a good opportunity to review the services to highlight any concerns and potential improvements.

7.1 Unsightly Premises Service (Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)

The Unsightly Premises & Visual Nuisance Bylaw No. 770 applies to the two electoral areas and is complaint driven. In 2015, nine complaints were received, four enforcement orders and no tickets. Issues are investigated with limited resources.
Director Carson noted he wishes to consider withdrawing from the service. It was noted there is a process to be followed to withdraw from a service. Further discussion is to occur with the Administrator.

It was noted that staff resources at the RDCO would remain the same as there is only one enforcement officer in the position for all bylaw enforcement in the RDCO.

OPHUS/DEHART
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises Service.

CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)

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7.2 Noise Control Service (Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)

The Noise Control Bylaw No. 403 applies to the two electoral areas and is complaint driven. In 2015, no complaints were received. In 2011, a Consent Order agreement was reached with the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club and is binding as long as
the RDCO approves, on application, up to four special events permit per year.

Director Carson noted he wishes to consider withdrawing from the service. It was noted there is a process to be followed to withdraw from a service. Further discussion is to occur with the Administrator.

It was noted that staff resources at the RDCO would remain the same as there is only one enforcement officer in the position.

BAKER/STACK
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Noise Control Service.

CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Bylaw Officer Appointment

The Regional Board has appointed Kim Mussenden as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer within the Regional District.

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment

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Regional Board Report

FROM: Mary Jane Drouin - Manager - Corporate Services
DATE: October 2,2014

SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment

Purpose: Board appointment is required to enforce and administer bylaws of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Executive Summary:
The Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer is currently on leave, and there is a need to have a bylaw enforcement officer appointed to manage bylaw enforcement issues, if and when required, within the electoral areas. Kim Mussenden has the experience to fulfil this role as required.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Kim Mussenden be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Found this below on Google

Kim Mussenden was Administrative Assistant as well as Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the Weed and Insect Bylaws, now she is managing bylaw enforcement issues and taking Rhoda Muellers job while she is away.  Wonder if this includes dogs, because it does not stipulate if it does include dogs or not.  Rhoda Mueller was manager of dogs too.  Do we have two managers of Dog Control?  We would hope not.  See September 11, 2014 RDCO Board Meeting.

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May 28, 2012 RDCO Board Agenda

Bill Spill and Kim Mussenden began full time seasonal employment with the RDCO Weed and Insect bylaw program on May 4, 2012. Bill Spill has worked as a relief employee for RDCO since 2009 and Kim Mussenden has worked as a relief employee for RDCO since 2011.

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. CORPORATE SERVICES

5.1 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/FIELDING
THAT Kim Mussenden be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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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105 - Enforcement of Noise Bylaws
Four Special Events permits were approved for Kelowna Dirt Bike Club race activities at its facility adjacent to the Bear Creek Forest Service Rd. Noise regulations were waived for the permitted events.

115 - Enforcement of Noxious Insect Control Bylaws
The Regional Board adopted amendment Bylaw No. 1334 on October 10, 2013, removing the District of West Kelowna from the service area boundaries effective December 31,2013. To June 30, 2014, 100% of the complaints originated in the City of Kelowna. Of the eleven complaints, nine were for the Pine Beetle. RDCO has received notification of a $13,000 grant approval from the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources. This funding will be directed into education tools and opportunities when the seasonal bylaw commences in April.

116 - Enforcement of Noxious Weed Control Bylaw
Amendment Bylaw Notice Enforcement No. 1346 adopted February 24,2014, implemented new fines for Noxious Weed Control. Invasive Plant education, utilizing the $13,000 grant funding from the Ministry of Forests Lands & Natural Resources is ongoing in 2014 and is integrated with the bylaw program.

The Regional Board adopted amendment Bylaw No. 1333 on October 10, 2013, removing the District of West Kelowna from the service area boundaries effective December 31, 2013. Calls pertaining to the District of West Kelowna are logged as complaints and recorded as "No Inspection Required".
To June 30, 2014, a total of 368 Complaints, 314 Property inspections and 205 Enforcement Orders occurred. To June 30, 2013, Complaints totaled 230, Property inspections numbered 428 and there were 214 Enforcement Orders given. Five percent of complaints and property inspections and 7% of enforcement orders given occurred in the Electoral Areas. The Electoral Areas consist of 3% of the population.

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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 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Animal Control Officer Appointment

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RDCO Board Agenda September 11, 2014

SUBJECT: Animal Control Officer Appointment

Purpose: Board appointment is required to enforce and administer the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Executive Summary:
The Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer is currently on leave, and there is a need to have our Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator, who has previously been appointed by the Board as a RDCO bylaw enforcement officer, to be also appointed as an Animal Control Officer to manage bylaw enforcement issues for the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, if and when required. Under her current Bylaw Enforcement Officer appointment Diane Merenick is only able to assist in carrying out the provisions of the bylaw.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Diane Merenick be appointed as an Animal Control Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 Animal Control Officer Appointment (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT Diane Merenick be appointed as an Animal Control Officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

CARRIED Unanimously

(note- Diane Merenick is dog control manager under Corporate Services Officer Mary Jane Drouin)

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

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Update Regarding Bill 17

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Purpose:
To provide the Regional Board with information and an update on Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act.

Executive Summary:
Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act includes a number of amendments. Specific amendments which will affect the Regional District of Central Okanagan include the intent to terminate all land use contacts (LUC) in the province by June 30, 2024, in addition to streamlining the bylaw approval process by removing unnecessary ministerial approval.

The intent of this component of Bill 17 is to streamline the approval process for all regional districts adopting OCP's, zoning or subdivision servicing bylaws, issuing temporary use permits and amending LUC's by exempting all regional districts from ministerial approval for these types of bylaws.

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Taxation (Rural Area) Act - The proposed amendments to the act will provide the province authority to issue tax notices to a single representative, rather than each owner, on properties that have more than a prescribed number of owners. The changes will help streamline processes, avoid taxpayer confusion and duplicate payments, and they will bring B.C.'s legislation in line with how other jurisdictions administer property taxes.

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Local Government Act, Community Charter and Vancouver Charter - The proposed legislative amendments will support economic development by cutting red tape that can delay building projects and add costs for developers and landowners.
Amendments to the Local Government Act, Community Charter and Vancouver Charter will remove unnecessary ministerial approvals for land use planning and development decisions, allow modern land use policies and practices to replace outdated land use contracts and protect developers from increases in development cost charges.

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7.2 Update regarding Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (013501) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated May 20,2014 outlined amendments to Bill 17 that is currently receiving readings by the Province and which include the intent to terminate all Land Use Contracts in the province by June 30, 2024, in addition to streamlining the bylaw approval process for removing unnecessary ministerial approval processes. It would be staff's intent to initiate bylaws well in advance of the termination date. A plan will be brought forward to the Board likely in 2015. A question was raised regarding whether there will be an impact on development cost charges associated with terminating contracts. Staff will address in their plan to the Board.

Staff noted it has always been RDCO's intent to work with land owners to bring forward amendments that fit within their current buildings--this will be dealt with like any other bylaw amendments and legislative process. There is 9 land use contracts within the electoral areas, some of which will be quite complex.

FIELDING/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the May 20,2014 update regarding Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw Adopted

The Regional Board has adopted the new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343. In addition to emails and telephone inquiries about the bylaw, more than 900 responses were received to an online questionnaire and approximately 35 people attended an advertised Information Open House. After receiving this public input and in order to help clarify some areas of the bylaw, several amendments were made prior to final Board consideration. Among the changes to the bylaw: a leash is defined as being no more than two meters in length; owners of dogs newly declared dangerous will be required to post signs advising a dangerous dog is on the property and increased fines for owners of dogs that are found at large, off leash in an area not designated for off-leash activity and failing to pick up and dispose of waste. The Board has maintained the two dog maximum and requested a further report regarding the proposal to allow a three dog maximum.

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

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No 1343 (dog survey results)

.pdf icon Item 8.2 8.3 Ticket Information And Utilization And Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaws

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The bylaw does not ban the sale of retractable leashes-owners would be required while in a public place to lock their leash at 2 meters or less. (page 2)

In addition, one impression raised on social media websites and letter writers: that the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw is giving animal control officers new, broader powers to enter private property. The bylaw (Part 3 - Right of Inspection), is clearly publicizing, the Provincial authority that has been provided to any bylaw enforcement or animal control officer, through sections of the Local Government Act and Community Charter. Section 268 of the Local Government Act (Inspections to determine whether bylaws are being followed) states: if a Board has authority to regulate, prohibit, and impose requirements in relation to a malter, the board may, by bylaw, authorize officers, employees, and agents of the regional district to enter,
at all reasonable times, on any property to inspect and determine whether all regulations, prohibitions and requirements are being met
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All Part 3 of the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw is doing, is publically stating the authority under which animal control officers (and bylaw officers in general) are able to enforce the bylaw. In addition, Section 49 of the Community Charter sets out that an animal control officer may obtain a warrant, search a place and seize a dangerous dog. (page 4)

The bylaw will hopefully result in a reduction in the subsidy provided by general taxpayers throughout the Central Okanagan. (page 5)

Designated Off-leash Parks and Areas
28. An Owner may cause or permit his or her dog to be At Large in a designated off-leash park or area provided that the Owner complies with the following requirements:
e) The dog is healthy and has up-to-date vaccinations as defined by the American Animal Hospital Association, or acceptable titers; and (page 11-12)

 

 

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8. CORPORATE SERVICES

Dog Control Services
8.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No, 1343, 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated February 17, 2014 outlined the public consultation phase of the Dog Bylaw. Staff provided a review of the public input received following 2nd reading of the bylaw: on-line questionnaire (909 responses); emails/letters; phone calls; approximately 35 attended an open house (posted online the panels which were used at the open house); and spoke with individuals who have come into the office to renew their dog license. Incorrect social media efforts were corrected by a press release.
Subsequent to public input staff recommended amendments to the bylaw and reviewed the amendments with the Board.
Discussion:
- It has been a long process with the end result being a well-written bylaw.
- Concern was raised whether 3 dogs are too many in an urban area. The question was raised whether the regulation could be limited to 3 per property.
As the bylaw is written, a house with a suite or duplex, four-plex could have 3 dogs per unit. It was noted that apartments, condos, landlords, etc. are allowed to regulate the number of dogs and the size of dog on their property.
Is it possible to limit the number to three per property? Staff will need further legal advice to determine if this is possible. Staff noted that if a dog owner is responsible there should be no enforcement issue. The premise of the bylaw is responsible dog ownership.

- District of West Kelowna and the RDCO's current zoning bylaw limits the number of dogs in a hobby kennel from 3 to 20. A zoning bylaw amendment would be required to accommodate a 3 dog maximum (hobby kennel 4-20 dogs).
- 2 meter leash regulation--the intent is to keep the dog under control. Other jurisdictions have similar regulations as well.
- Noise enforcement is complaint driven as it is in the current bylaw. (What is RDCO going to do, ignore a barking dog when they notice its barking in violation, if nobody makes a complaint?)

OPHUS/BASRAN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343,2014 be given 3rd reading and adopted, as amended:

Amendment #1:
Section 8. Upon request by an Animal Control Officer, an Owner in contravention of any provision of this Bylaw shall stop and provide the Animal Control Officer with identification giving his or her full name and current address, and the licensing information of the dog.

Amendment #2:
Definition
"Guide/Service Dog means any dog with a valid Guide Animal Certificate under the Guide Animal Act."

Amendment #3:
Section 15. Any dog registered under the Guide Animal Act and resides with a person for whom the dog provides care and assistance will not be considered in the 3-dog limit of section 14 of this Bylaw.
(1) An Owner of a dog registered under the Guide Animal Act or that is registered in the Guide/Service Dog in Training Program; or used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; shall obtain a license but not be charged licensing fees provided that the appropriate registration is presented to the Animal Control Officer."
Schedule 'B'
(g) Registered Guide/Service Dog

Amendment #4:
Definition, Section 12 and Section 28
No Charge
Dog tag means a tag attached to a dog collar or harness showing the license issued to an Owner of a dog by the Regional District.
Section 12. An Owner shall ensure that the dog tag is attached to the collar or harness worn by his or her dog at all times.
Section 28 a) "The dog wears a collar or harness and a valid dog tag;"

Amendment #5
Section 60 - An Owner may reclaim his or her impounded dog on proof of ownership and upon payment of all applicable fines, fees, and other charges outlined in this Bylaw:
(1) Payment may include impoundment and prosecution costs associated with applications under section 49 of the Community Charter if a dog has been determined in Court to be a dangerous dog."

Amendment #6
Definition
Unlicensed dog means any dog for which the license fee for the current year has not been paid.

Amendment to the main motion:

STACK/FINDLATER
THAT the number of dogs allowed be limited to two, amending the following sections of the bylaw;

Hobby Kennel means a house or property where 3 to 20 dogs over the age of 3 months are kept pursuant to a Kennel Operation Permit.

Maximum Number of Dogs
14. No person shall keep, harbour, or have in possession more than 2 dogs over the age of 3 months in a House or Dwelling Unit within the Regional District, except as provided for persons operating a Hobby Kennel, Service Kennel, veterinary clinic, or other dog service business not providing overnight care as permitted by this Bylaw and all applicable bylaws.

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to further review the proposed 3 dog limit to determine whether the number can be limited to 3 per property and the number of dogs permitted for kennels in the District of West Kelowna and RDCO's zoning bylaw.

Amendment CARRIED (Given/Hanson Opposed)
Main Motion CARRIED

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Bylaw Enforcement:

8.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1345, 2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1345, 2014 be given first, second and third readings and adopted as amended.

Amendment to Schedule 3 - Keep more than 2 dogs

CARRIED Unanimously

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8.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1346, 2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff noted that Section 35 - Aggressive Dog and Section 36 - Dangerous Dog are to be removed from the bylaw as adjudication is meant to be for minor regulations.

BASRAN/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1346, 2014 be given first, second and third readings, and adopted as amended.

Amendment to Appendix 2 - Keep more than 2 dogs
- Remove Aggressive Dog - Section 35
- Remove Dangerous Dog - Section 36

CARRIED Unanimously

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Dog Service Model Implementation Update
The Regional Board has received an update on the implementation of recommendations stemming from the 2012 Dog Service Review. Consultant Allan Neilson says many proactive measures have been taken during 2013 to encourage, support and reward responsible dog ownership. These efforts include launching of the ‘My Dog Matters’ rewards program, licensing of an additional 3,600 dogs through the October Free License Amnesty and introduction of online license purchasing starting January 1st, 2014. Plans for 2014 include consideration of a new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw and various educational and awareness efforts to support responsible dog owners.

No Dog License Fine Increasing Jan. 1st 2014
The Regional Board has adopted bylaw changes that will see a substantial increase in the fine for the owner of an unlicensed dog. Starting January 1st, any unlicensed dog will be subject to a $300 fine. The current fine is $100. The increased fine brings the Regional District in line with other local governments that are holding dog owners accountable for ensuring they have a valid dog license, which is required in the Dog Impounding and Regulation Bylaw.

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.pdf icon December 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Bylaw Amendments To Approve An Increased Fine For Unlicensed Dogs

.pdf icon Item 7.1A Ticket Information And Utilization Amendment Bylaw No 1340

.pdf icon Item 7.1B Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No 1341

.pdf icon Item 7.6 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment (Building Inspector will now be able to enforce all RDCO bylaws)

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Starling Control Program Service Area Establishment Bylaw No 1332

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Executive Summary:
John Hailstones has been employed as a Building and Business License Inspector with the Community Services department since October 30,2012. Non-compliance issues within the Building and Business License program are a regular occurrence. John Hailstone's Board appointment will provide for additional tools and depth within his principal accountabilities and within other bylaw enforcement contingencies.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT John Hailstones be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for all Regional District of Central Okanagan bylaws while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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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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7.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan Weed Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1333, 2013 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/GIVEN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Weed Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1333, 2013 be adopted this 9th day of December 2013.

CARRIED

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7.4 Regional District of Central Okanagan Noxious Insect and Pest Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1334, 2013 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Noxious Insect and Pest Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1334, 2013 be adopted this 9th day of December 2013.

CARRIED

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Weed and Noxious Insect and Pest Bylaws

The Regional Board has given three readings to amendment bylaws for the Weed Control and Noxious Insect and Pest Control programs. The amendments are needed in order to adjust the service area boundaries for each of the services, in light of a request earlier this year from the District of West Kelowna to withdraw from the two services. Once approval of the amending bylaws is received from the Provincial Government, the Board will consider adoption of the amending bylaws.

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Noxious Insect Control
#91/13 THAT since there is no tax requisition amount for 2013, the Regional Board approves the District of West Kelowna's withdrawal from the RDCO Noxious Insect and Pest Control Extended Service Establishment Bylaw No. 649 effective December 31, 2013;

AND FURTHER THAT the District be given approximately 20% share of any reserve balances available at the end of 2013.

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6.2 RDCO Weed Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1333, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 7, 2013 outlined the requirement to amend the service establishment bylaw for the withdrawal of the District of West Kelowna from the regional services of Weed control effective December 31, 2013. The Board at its May 9, 2013 endorsed the withdrawal of West Kelowna from the service and identified the share in the reserve balance at
the end of 2013.

It was noted that the District of Lake Country's raised the issue regarding if other partners wish to leave the service how would that occur. It was noted that this bylaw amendment is regarding the District of West Kelowna's
request and that if other partners wish to consider leaving a service they would need to provide official notification to the RDCO and the Board would consider the request at that time.

The amendment bylaw reflects direction given to staff from the Board.

Brian Reardon will address issues raised by Lake Country directly with Lake Country. The service remains the same for the other partners--the financial impact is negligible.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Weed Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. No. 1333 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.

CARRIED

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6.3 RDCO Noxious Insect and Pest Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1334, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 7, 2013 outlined the requirement to amend the service establishment bylaw for the withdrawal of the District of West Kelowna from the regional services of Insect Control effective December 31, 2013. The Board at its May 9,2013 approved the withdrawal of West Kelowna from the service and identified the share in the reserve balance at
the end of 2013.

ZIMMERMANN/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Noxious Insect and Pest Control Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. No. 1334 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.

CARRIED

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Purpose: To adopt amendments to the RDCO Bylaw Enforcement Notice Bylaw No. 1326 including minor word changes which are housekeeping in nature.

Background:

Staff has determined that a housekeeping amendment is required for the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 1326. The amendment is to correct wording in sections of the bylaw for early payments which are subject to a discount, not a penalty as is currently stated.

In addition, the Manager of Parks is to be added as designated classes of screening officers.

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6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 RDCO Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1331, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1331, 2013 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 12th day of September 2013.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon June 13, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Dog Service Update

The Regional Board has received an update on the progress underway towards implementing recommendations to encourage and support responsible dog ownership within the Central Okanagan. All dogs within the Central Okanagan must be licenced and the Dog Control Service is now focussing attention in this area. Dog owners are reminded that starting January 1st, 2014, there will be zero tolerance for dogs found without a licence and off leash. In addition, work is underway on launching a rewards program for responsible dog owners who licence their pet. Further information will be provided in the months ahead as the Dog Bylaw is reviewed and changes are proposed for Regional Board consideration later this year.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Ticket Information And Utilization Bylaw No 435 Amendment

OkanaganLakeBC.ca says:  Isn't it strange that RDCO does not enforce its dog bylaw between the hours of 5pm - 8am and won't let the RCMP enforce its dog bylaw during those hours, but will let the RCMP enforce the Parks bylaw which includes dogs in parks, and all these other bylaws shown below, but not the dog bylaw.  We are sure it is this way due to RDCO not wanting to enforce its barking dog bylaw at Valley of the Sun, and most likely chose this route on purpose so that the person complaining about barking dogs overnight at Valley of the Sun has to live with being tired all the time and has to live with Lichen Planus flareups which may be caused by stress. RDCO doesn't like this person much because the person complains to RDCO about the poor neglected dogs at Valley of the Sun.  RDCO is the meanest and nastiest in OkanaganLakeBC.ca's opinion.  We urge you to complain about RDCO not permitting the RCMP to enforce its dog bylaw overnight when RDCO Dog Control is not available.  Please phone RDCO Chief Administrative Officer Brian Reardon at (250) 763-4918 and let him know this is not acceptable!!!

*Note* This is not the entire bylaw but is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content.

3. Dog Regulation and Impounding Bylaw No. 366, 1988
Bylaw Enforcement Officer
Dog Control Officer
Pound Keeper

5. Animal Control Bylaw No. 880, 2000
Bylaw Enforcement Officer

6. Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 1105, 2005
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

7. Regional District of Central Okanagan Noise Control Bylaw No. 403, 1989
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

11. Regional District of Central Okanagan Business Licensing and Regulations Bylaw No. 689, 1996
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

13. Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Regulatory Bylaw No. 773, 1998
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

16. Regional District of Central Okanagan Prohibited Animal Bylaw No. 1028, 2003
Bylaw Enforcement Officer

21. Regional District of Central Okanagan Community Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 1106, 2005
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

22. Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Prevention and Regulation Bylaw No. 1066, 2004
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

25. Regional District of Central Okanagan  Fireworks Prohibition & Regulation Bylaw No. 53, 1972
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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6. NEW BUSINESS

6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1327, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1327, 2013 be given first, second, and third readings and adopted this 13th day of June 2013.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 27, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

11. DIRECTOR ITEMS

11.1 Anonymous Complaints

The question was raised whether staff responds to anonymous complaints. It was noted that staff have been directed not to respond unless a name is provided. If the anonymous complaint identifies potential life, safety or criminal matters staff will
follow-up to determine what the complaint relates to. This response is similar to other local governments. A complainant's name is particularly pertinent in that ALL Regional District's bylaw enforcement is based on responding to complaints.

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

Freedom of Information Bylaw Amended

The Regional Board has adopted an amendment to the Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 611. A new schedule of maximum fees has been approved to reflect the revisions made earlier this year to the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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9.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Freedom of Information Amendment Bylaw No. 1321, 2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BASRAN/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Freedom of Information Amendment Bylaw No, 1321, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 10th day of December 2012.

CARRIED

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

There was nothing in the Highlights about Bylaw amendment for Roosters or Noxious Weed Control Amendment

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

.pdf icon Item 6.4 District Of West Kelowna Service Participation (Economic Development Commission, Regional Planning, Transportation Demand Management, Noxious Weeds and Insect Control, Air Quality)

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication System (Dog Control, etc)

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

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
7.1 Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication System (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated November 16th outlined that further to Board discussion on the Regional District's participation in the bylaw notice dispute adjudication system, which replaces the Provincial Court ticketing system as a venue for resolving
disputes pertaining to minor bylaw breaches, staff have confirmed that it will be possible for the Regional District to participate in this system for minor bylaw infractions including: parks, zoning, noise, animal, unsightly premises, fire and
water infractions and minor dog control tickets. This system does not replace any action under the Community Charter for dangerous dog applications.

New partners to the system are invited in September of each year, and as the RDCO was contemplating the move to join the SIBNDA group supported a resolution for the RDCO to join subject to Regional Board approval. The process for final approval and implementation will take approximately 3 months to complete.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan agrees to establish and partner in the Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System with the Southern Interior Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication Registry Group.;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District forward a copy of the resolution indicating its intent to establish a bylaw dispute resolution system to the Court Services Branch, Ministry of Justice.

CARRIED

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9.3 Sewer System Bylaws - 1st, 2nd and 3,d Reading and Adoption

Staff report dated November 9, 2012 outlined the requirement for establishing separate sewer system bylaws for Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East to regulate fees and charges, operation and maintenance, trunk sewer connections and the the East sewer system.

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Westside Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1315, 2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (District of West Kelowna & Peachland - Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Westside Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1315, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 26th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan East Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1316, 2012 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan East Sewer Systems Bylaw No. 1316, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 26th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

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11. NEW BUSINESS
11.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1318, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 16, 2012 outlined the amendment is being requested is for housekeeping purposed to the ticket schedule for the Animal Control Bylaw.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1318, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 26th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

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11.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Noxious Weed Control Amendment Bylaw No. 1319, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 20, 2012 outlined the amendment being requested is for housekeeping purposes that will bring certainty to the bylaw authority for the RDCO to carry out bylaw re-inspections and enforcement action after September 30th in any year.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Noxious Weed Control Amendment Bylaw No. 1319, 2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 26th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 28, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.1 Bylaw Officer Appointments.pdf (weeds)

That Bill Spill and Kim Mussenden be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officers for the Weed and Insect Bylaws, while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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10. NEW BUSINESS

10.1 Appointment of Bylaw Enforcement Officers (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

ZIMMERMANN/BASRAN
THAT Bill Spill and Kim Mussenden be appointed as Bylaw Enforcement Officers, for the weed and inspect bylaws of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

CARRIED

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11. DIRECTORS ITEMS (requiring Board action)

11.1 Use of Recreational Areas - Bush Parties

In light of a bush party which occurred in the Peachland area over the weekend, and the resulting trash left behind, the question was raised whether there is some way to appropriately deal with or regulate these gatherings. In some cases, the recreational area is being destroyed by trash left behind, trees cut down, litter thrown into lakes, etc. It was noted that these types of gatherings can't be regulated and have been going on forever. They normally occur on Crown lands or private properties. Local governments have no authority when it occurs on Crown lands. The RCMP, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and conservation officers do attend and enforce rules and safety in recreational areas but it's impossible to cover everywhere.

Discussion ensued:
• This topic has been discussed at past Land and Resources Management Plan (LRMP) meetings. LRMPs have been completed around the province and have identified protected areas, environmental, recreational zones.
LRMPs have also had a role in identifying where government policies need to be revised. Need to work collaboratively with provincial agencies.
• Illegal camping, destruction of the environment, littering and fires are important issues. People have access to forestry roads making access easier, and for some people they seem not to care about the destruction left behind.
• No one is keeping an eye on the Crown lands as in the past - there are few to no resource managers any longer.
• There is no capacity for more enforcement - one conservation officer in large area.
• Conservation officers have met with Lake Country and they note there are not enough camp sites so people are just camping in the forests. They can't do anything about people camping on Crown lands if they are following the provincial rules and regulations.
• More education is needed regarding destruction of the environment and responsible use of Crown lands.
• This issue has to be managed by the Province-but there may be ways local government can work with the Province?

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT staff review what tools are available for local government to regulate bush parties, illegal camping on Crown lands.

DEFEATED

FINDLATER/GRAY
THAT the Chair be directed to send a letter to provincial agencies (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Ministry of Environment, ILMB (copy the rural RCMP detachments and reference past LRMP discussions) regarding the regulation and enforcement of illegal camping, partying.

CARRIED

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

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New Dog Licence Sales Locations

The Regional Board has appointed two new locations for the sale of dog licenses. Buckerfields is located at 2565 Main Street in West Kelowna and Animal House Pets and Supplies is located at #106-125 Highway 33 East in Kelowna. With these new vendors, there will be 30 convenient locations for dog owners to purchase licenses in the Central Okanagan.

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Agenda No: 7.8
Mtg Date: Feb 27, 2012

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT For the Regional Board February 27,2012

TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer
DATE: February 16, 2011
SUBJECT: Dog Licensing Agent Appointments

RECOMMENDATION:
That Buckerfields in West Kelowna and Animal House Pets & Supplies in Kelowna, be appointed as agents of the Regional District of Central Okanagan for the purpose of selling dog licenses.

BACKGROUND:
Board Appointment for authorization to issue Dog licenses is required by Dog Control Bylaw No. 366. There are a total of 28 locations throughout the Central Okanagan where dog owners can purchase dog licenses. Their purpose is to provide convenient locations for dog owners to purchase their dog licenses.

Buckerfields is located at 2565 Main Street, Highway 97 South, West Kelowna, V4T 2B4, 250768- 8870. Animal House Pets & Supplies is located at 106-125 Hwy 33 East, Kelowna, BC V1X 2A1, 250-765-7664.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer

Dan Plamondon, Director of Development Services

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Agenda No: 7.9
Mtg Date: Feb 27, 2012

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT For the Regional Board February 27, 2012

TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer
DATE: February 17, 2012
SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointments

RECOMMENDATION:
That Jennifer Werrell be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer and Dog Control Officer for the Dog Control Bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws, while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

BACKGROUND:
Board Appointment is required to enforce and administer bylaws of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
Jennifer has returned to the Central Okanagan and to employment with the Regional District of Central Okanagan as a relief employee in the Dog Control department. She was previously employed in this position between 2005 & 2007 but was not appointed during this time.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer

Dan Plamondon, Director of Development Services

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.pdf icon Item 1 Budget Presentation.pdf

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

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

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

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.

Dog Control
-Increase to tax requisition due to cost of service review
-Staff noted that the service review will address revenues increases. With respect to boarding dogs - legal counsel has been asked to provide a consent order (indemnification, euthanize if dog is at large or attacks) where dogs can be released to the owner while waiting court trail.
-Service review - achieve what the Board asked it to do! Come out with a model for cost recovery and model for service delivery with objective to reduce tax requisitions. Community money is it being efficiently used on dogs - many organizations doing the same thing.

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.pdf icon September 9, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.1 Bylaw Officer Appointments.pdf

Agenda No: 3.1
Mtg Date: Sept. 9, 2010
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT
For the Regional Board September 2010
TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer
DATE: August 27,2010
SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointments

RECOMMENDATION:
That Alan Duncan and Steven Fredrich be appointed as Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Dog Control Officers for the Dog Control Bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws, while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

BACKGROUND:
Board Appointment is required to enforce and administer bylaws of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
Alan Duncan joined the Dog Control department on August 3, 2010 to fill a position that was vacated. Steven Fredrich joined the Dog Control department on August 23, 2010 to work as a relief employee.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhoda Mueller
Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer

Dan Plamondon, Director of Development Services

.pdf icon September 9, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

3. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Inspection

3.1 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointments (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT Alan Duncan and Steven Fredrich be appointed as Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Dog Control Officers for the dog control bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks bylaws while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

CARRIED

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June 9, 2010

This delegation request was in regards to RDCO bylaw enforcement being performed

on a complaint basis and the wrong resident being blamed by the violator for complaining to bylaw enforcement.

DENIED

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Apparently there is no decibel level in RDCO's noise control bylaws.

RDCO Noise Control Amendment Bylaw No. 1071, 2004 - Amends Bylaw No. 403

RDCO Noise Control Amendment Bylaw No. 968, 2002 - Amends Bylaw No. 403

RDCO Noise Control Bylaw No. 403, 1989 - Amended by Bylaw No. 968, Repeals Bylaw No. 219

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A dog can bark all day long 7am - 10pm if it doesn't bark for 5 minutes at a time in 72 hours.

Regional District of Central Okanagan CONSOLIDATED Dog Control Bylaw No. 366

Noise means continuous barking, howling or yelping sounds lasting more than 5 minutes or the sound of barking, howling or yelping sporadically or erratically for a cumulative duration of 5 minutes or longer in any 15 minute period which sounds are repeated again within 72 hours.

21.2 No person being the owner or occupant of any private premises shall permit, allow or suffer the noise of barking, yelping or howling sounds from a dog(s) to be caused or made at the private premises owned or occupied by that person, in a manner that can easily be heard or otherwise perceived by an individual who is not at the same private premises.

More about dogs and RDCO's dog licensing and dog control bylaw

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A property owner can do whatever with his property as long as nobody complains.

You may be blamed and threatened because someone else complained about a properties bylaw violation near you.

Regional District of Central Okanagan Unsightly Premises and Visual Nuisance Bylaw No. 770

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Lake Country seeks bylaw compliance
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 56240 - Aug 10, 2010

Bylaw infractions are a common occurrence in any local government that enacts regulatory bylaws.

This was highlighted last week when a property owner in the District of Lake Country, believing her neighbour to be contravening an unsightly property and visual nuisance bylaw, approached the media in an attempt to get the property owner to take action and clean up his property.

Hazel Christy, Director of Corporate Services for the District, says that local governments have used three main strategies to deal with the problem:

•Seek voluntary compliance or

•Issue an offence notice for infractions, seeking voluntary payment of a prescribed fine or

•Initiate formal court proceedings by issuing a Municipal Ticket Information (MTI) or a Summons.
"Voluntary compliance is obviously our preferred way of dealing with bylaw infractions. As is the case with many other small municipalities, we have to prioritize how we spend taxpayers funds," says Christy.

"Safety, health and the environment are our first priorities and we have always taken the required action when there has been any risk to our citizens even if it has meant costly legal action," she said.

With reference to the specific case in Lake Country, Christy says, "Although the discarded material is unsightly, District staff inspected the property and found that it poses neither safety, health nor
environmental risks."

"Instead of taking costly legal action, we have been in regular contact with the owner, who has committed to voluntary cleanup all discarded material in order to comply with the District's Prohibition of Unsightly Premises Bylaw No. 433.

She adds the introduction of a new Bylaw Adjudication system will help municipalities in enforcing bylaws.

"Municipalities in the Okanagan have worked closely to get this implemented hopefully in the Fall of 2010. The goal of the new adjudication model is to create simple, fair and cost effective systems for dealing with minor bylaw infractions."

Mayor James Baker, Council and District staff will be engaging with the community to address issues related to bylaws and their enforcement along with other community issues during Front Porch Meetings in the Fall of 2010.

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June 28, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Item 6.2 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment.pdf (Weeds)

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Windows Media File Icon Audio of the entire Regional Board Meeting - Audio_Brd_June 28_10.mp3 (177 MB)

June 28, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Bylaw Enforcement:

6.2 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT Jerald Jackson, Bill Spill and Lesley Goon be appointed as Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Weed and Insect inspectors for weed and insect bylaws.

CARRIED

Windows Media File Icon Audio of the entire Regional Board Meeting - Audio_Brd_June 28_10.mp3 (177 MB)

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.pdf icon April 8, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 2.4 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program

.pdf icon April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 2.4 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program

The weed program and unsightly premises bylaws are direct enforcement programs where work is carried out and no tickets are issued.

(found on page 3)

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Agenda No: 2.4
Mtg Date: April 8, 2010
TO: Regional Board
DATE: April 8, 2010

Regional Board Report

SUBJECT: Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program
Full report from the April 8, 2010 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Recommendation

THAT the Regional Board not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to investigate the Okanagan Valley Program for actual costs and results in the year after its implementation.

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G & S Committee Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg Date: April 8, 2010
Governance & Services Committee Report
TO: Governance & Services Committee
FROM: Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer
DATE: March 30, 2010
SUBJECT: Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program

RECOMMENDATION:
That the Regional Board not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program and that staff investigate the Okanagan Valley Program for actual costs and results in the year after it's implementation.

BACKGROUND:
On November 12, 2009, staff reported on the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Adjudication Program with a recommendation not to participate in the program as it is intended as an alternative approach for processing and resolving minor bylaw infractions.

The Board requested that the Regional District of Central Okanagan defer the decision to not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program; and that staff attend the information meetings, reconfirm costs for setup and participation in the program and confirm whether it makes sense for the Regional District to participate in the program.

The Regional Board raised the question again at the March 11, 2010 meeting for a report back on the bylaw adjudication system.

Staff participated in a meeting by the Okanagan Valley Adjudication Group on December 4, 2009 and took opportunity to address the group about why the RDCO was not participating at this time. Input from the group was that their Councils were requesting higher fine amounts and participants confirmed that the program was intended for minor issues such as parking violations.

Since this meeting, the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Adjudication Group is proceeding with an implementation schedule of September 2010. In their attempt to keep the process moving they have frozen the participants to the existing partners and any additional organizations will have to wait a year to be included.

The Group has estimated annual costs of $50,000 which is shared by the group based on population for each area. Kelowna will administer the registry and the adjudication hearing process. The Group estimated the Regional District of Central Okanagan's portion of the shared costs at $5,300. Each participant is responsible for their own setup for screening and
administration leading to adjudication hearings. The Adjudication System has been adopted in other BC municipalities, and has proven to be successful as an alternative approach for processing and resolving minor bylaw infractions.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan does not have a traffic bylaw and tickets are issued primarily under the dog control function. Two tickets were issued for all other bylaws in 2009.
The weed program and unsightly premises bylaws are direct enforcement programs where work is carried out and no tickets are issued. Because of the complexities in dog control services, these tickets are not suitable for the adjudication program. Most tickets involve witnesses and exhibits. Costs of the program administration and adjudication process are additional to the budgets set for 2010.

As service levels within the bylaw department evolve, the adjudication program may become a required tool. An example of this might be issuing more tickets for no dog licenses as public compliance drops off due to increased late penalties. Current limits to staff resource time for setting up the program and ongoing administration and housekeeping would be a challenge at this time.

Staff recommend that the Regional Board not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program. However, the Regional Board may decide to participate in the Program without expectations until such time that applicable or appropriate cases dictate the suitability to the program. Additional costs would be easier to estimate for the setup, screening and administration after the Group's first year's activities.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhoda Mueller,
Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer

Dan Plamondon,
Director of Development Services

.pdf icon April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

2.4 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to investigate the Okanagan Valley Program for actual costs and results in the year after its implementation.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Minutes

6. Development Services

6.1 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program (follow-up report)

Staff report dated March 30, 2010 outlined the background information on the bylaw adjudication program. Since late 2009 staff have further participated in meetings by the Okanagan Valley Adjudication Group and took the opportunity to explain why participation of the Regional District is not appropriate in that the program is intended for minor issues such as parking violations. The Regional District does not have a traffic bylaw and tickets are primarily issues under the dog control function. Due to the complexities in dog control service, these tickets are not suitable for the adjudication program.

Staff highlighted the dog control policies with regards to ticketing. The public has the option to dispute a ticket, and if they do, the court system is the only option.

Staff are reviewing the compliance issues and actions.

#GS32/10 OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to investigate the Okanagan Valley Program for actual costs and results in the year after its implementation.

CARRIED

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