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Do you always look for traffic before you cross the road at a crosswalk light?
Instead of laying the onus on drivers to stop for pedestrians, the law should be on both the driver and the pedestrian.  As it is, when the crosswalk light changes, pedestrians don't always look for traffic that may not be stopping.  Pedestrians walk without looking, because vehicles are required by law to stop.  I don't know one driver that has never made a mistake though, do you?

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BC Transportation Minister - Todd Stone - Minister.Transportation "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-387-1978

MLA Westside - Kelowna - Ben Stewart - ben.stewart.mla "at" leg.bc.ca - Kelowna office 250-768-8426
Victoria: 250-387-1023

District Manager of Transportation - Murray Tekano - Murray.Tekano "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-712-3629

West Kelowna Mayor - Doug Findlater - doug.findlater "at" districtofwestkelowna.ca - 250-801-3814 cell

West Kelowna Mayor and Council - mayorandcouncil "at" districtofwestkelowna.ca - 778-797-2210

ENQUIRY BC 1-800-663-7867

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On June 10, 2013, Premier Christy Clark appointed Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone as B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Shannon Woods Developments Ltd. v. Dodds, 1996 CanLII 870 (BC SC)
Date: 1996-06-27
Docket: A961932
URL: http://canlii.ca/t/1f3cx
Citation: Shannon Woods Developments Ltd. v. Dodds, 1996 CanLII 870 (BC SC), <http://canlii.ca/t/1f3cx> retrieved on 2013-03-20

[5] The respondent, William Puhallo, is a regional manager for the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. He is in charge of the Planning Department for the Thompson Okanagan region. His department is responsible for assessing future regional highway needs.

[6] The Westside Highline Corridor ("the Corridor") is a proposed new highway on the west side of Okanagan Lake intended to service the transportation needs of the Okanagan Valley. A portion of the corridor runs directly through the petitioner's subdivision plan.

[7] The petitioner has to date developed four phases of the Shannon Woods Development. This petition is confined to Phase Five of this development. In order to obtain approval for a subdivision, a developer must first seek approval from the Provincial Approving Officer under the preliminary layout approval system. The developer must submit an application for preliminary layout approval. This application is supported by documentation and is referred to various government agencies for comment. These agencies review the proposed development's impact upon their areas of responsibility.

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BC Court Judgement - expropriation of land to replace Westside Road

1973 four-lane paved highway to replace the old Westside Road

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[46] Granite Development Ltd. was the owner of a 179-acre parcel of land fronting on the west shore of Okanagan Lake. Westside Road ran through the land.

[47] In September 1972 Granite obtained preliminary layout approval for subdivision of the land under s. 88 of the Land Registry Act. Pursuant to this approval and extension of it, Granite commenced building roads and moving earth.

[48] Almost a year later, in August 1973, the Minister of Highways announced the government's intention to take surveys to determine possible routes for the construction of a four-lane paved highway to replace the old Westside Road. In September 1973 a stop-work order - the first of many - was issued to Granite.

[49] From 1973 to the summer of 1975 the process of developing the subdivision continued, hampered increasingly, however, by the prospect of the new highway, which was officially announced in the B.C. Gazette of 24th October 1974. In November Granite's engineer wrote to the department stating that a design plan of the road which he had obtained "virtually destroys our economics and plans of the last approved subdivision", and asking for consideration in speeding up the subdivision process and warning that further delays might lead to the loss of another season. Pursuant to assurance of early processing, Granite on 24th April 1975 submitted a revised plan to the department incorporating the proposed location of Westside Road as finally agreed.

[50] In the midst of the process of revision required by the new highway and allegations of delay on the part of the department, a step was taken which was to preclude the development of the subdivision. On 20th November 1974 the Central Okanagan Regional District ("C.O.R.D.") passed a by-law imposing a minimum ten-acre lot size over a vast area of rural land, including Granite's. By this time, the preliminary approval for the subdivision which Granite had earlier obtained had lapsed. In July 1975 the department advised Granite that it was rejecting a revised layout plan because it did not comply with the ten-acre minimum lot size.

[51] In November 1979 the government published notice of expropriation of 24.34 acres from Granite for the new road. The expropriation was completed on 20th January 1979. The new right of way was about one mile long, cut a wide swath and emphatically divided the lands. After the taking, the lands were traversed by both the old and the new Westside Roads.

[52] The Crown compensated Granite for the land taken on the basis of the value of undeveloped rural land. However, the umpire to whom questions of compensation were referred awarded Granite additional compensation for pre-expropriation losses. He found as a fact that the minister's acts had caused a diminution in the value of the land. In particular, he found that Granite's ability to complete the subdivision was lost due to the actions of the minister's employees in 1973 and 1974, including ordering Granite to stop work. He found that Granite would have completed the subdivision in 1974 but for the actions of the minister. These findings led the umpire to award Granite damages for pre-expropriation diminution in land value. He also held that Granite had acted reasonably between September 1973 and January 1980 to mitigate its loss, and awarded compensation mitigation costs and for certain pre-expropriation business losses. In the result, the umpire ordered the Crown to pay compensation to Granite for pre-expropriation losses as follows:

1. compensation for damage to land before the taking in the amount of $154,000 plus interest;

2. compensation for business loss before the taking in the amount of $252,857 plus interest;

3. compensation for Granite's costs of time before expropriation in mitigating its loss, in the amount of $30,000.

The umpire awarded compound interest from the date of the taking on these and other sums awarded.

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[68] The chambers judge held that para. 9 of the agreed statement of facts at arbitration precluded the umpire from awarding compounded interest on the pre-expropriation losses. That clause stated:

9. That the Minister is liable to pay to the claimant interest on the unpaid compensation found owed to the claimant for the taking of January 21, 1980 calculated on the basis of the rate set out in the Court Order Interest Act, or regulations thereto, from the date of the taking to the date of payment.

[69] Compounded interest cannot be ordered under the Court Order Interest Act.

[70] Granite says that cl. 9 was merely an admission by the minister as to what interest rates would be used and that other provisions of the Act do not apply.

[71] This submission is difficult to understand, given that no rates for interest in the narrow sense of an annual percentage earned on moneys can be found in the Act; the Act provides only that interest is to be paid at a rate the court considers appropriate and specifies that it must not be less than the rate allowed by the Interest Act (Canada). If the reference to rate in cl. 9 is to be given any meaning, it must be that the provisions of the Act apply generally insofar as they may affect the calculation of interest.

[72] I would dismiss this branch of the appeal.

Conclusion

[73] I would allow the appeal and restore the umpire's award with respect to pre-expropriation losses. I would dismiss the appeal with respect to interest.

Appeal dismissed.

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Facelift underway on Westside Road
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 76291 - Jun 8, 2012

Work has begun on a series of safety improvements to Westside Road.

The improvements include 5.5km of paving as well as construction of three new vehicle pullouts.

Okanagan Aggregates was awarded a $1.2M contract for the paving work which will include three key stretches of Westside Road:
• Near La Casa: starting 400m north of Barcelona Road and continuing north for 1 km.
• Near Parker Cove: starting 400m south of Whiteman Creek Bridge and continuing north for 1.5 km.
• Near Little Kingdom: starting 700m south of Six Mile Road and continuing north for 2.9 km.

The three new pullouts are on top of three added a year ago. These include:
• 1.5 km north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road near Pine Point, southbound.
• 7.4 km north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road; approx. 400m north of Wilson Landing Fire Hall, northbound.
• 11 km north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road at Dimitri Creek; approx. 5 km north of Wilson Landing. The pullout is southbound, and the project includes straightening the curve to improve safety.

"There are many year-round residents who live along Westside Road and, in the summer, the traffic increases as tourists take advantage of the many resorts, Bear Creek Provincial Park and Fintry Provincial Park," says Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

"This work will address safety concerns by improving the road condition in three key areas. The vehicle pull-outs will give recreational vehicles the chance to move over so traffic doesn't back up."

Road signs will also be upgraded and additional corner markers and reflective road delineators added between Bear Creek Road and Highway 97 at O'Keefe Ranch.

Recently, Westside Road was named the worst road in the province in a survey conducted by the BC Automobile Association

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

Director Item - COW Director Jim Edgson audio about fixing Westside Road and about having another Water Rates meeting June 19, 2012 for the North Westside Road area.

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

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.pdf icon November 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Corporate Services:

050 - Transportation Demand Management (Page 131): International Car Free Day: Over 2,000 people attended the event. Free transit tickets were made available on i-go.ca to drive people to the event. Active transportation ambassadors talked to residents about transportation and distributed fliers with cycling, walking, carpool and transit information. Event activities included: stationary bike race, yoga, aerobics, rock climbing and more. Carpool.ca: Carpool week set for October 24 - 28, 2011. Prize sponsorship from ICBC is available for registrants at carpool.ca. Transit Trip Planning Project: Google maps transit planner on-line and accessible. The Soft-launch is complete. Mass communication planned for 2012. Transit Advertising Franchise: Terms of new contract agreed upon. Program is currently awaiting completion of purchasing review. Community Pass: Currently awaiting final report presentation from UBCO. U-Pass Initiative: UBCO: UPASS reaffirmation/fare increase referendum set for Nov. 18/11. Communications plan completed and print materials underway. Okanagan College: The August UPASS Workshop has been completed. Meeting with newly elected student representatives is to occur. Kelowna General Hospital TDM Plan: Initial best practices review and survey data completed. UBCO class sponsorship is in place.

083 - Westside Transit Services (Page 132): A general increase in transit fares and passes for 2012 has been approved by the Regional Board. Cash fares for convention transit and handi-DART users rise January 1 by 25 cents while monthly passes will increase 12% for an adult pass. This would be the first increase since September 2007. A minimum fare recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit is also supported by the Board. Peachland and Westbank First Nation are examining the possibility of contracting directly with BC Transit for service.

084 - Handi-Dart Transit (Westbank First Nation) (Page 133): A general increase in transit fares and passes for 2012 has been approved by the Regional Board. Cash fares for convention transit and handiDART users rise January 1 by 25 cents while monthly passes will increase 12% for an adult pass. This would be the first increase since September 2007. A minimum fare recovery policy of 10% for Conventional Transit is also supported by the Board.

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10. Finance & Administrative Services

10.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date - September 30, 2011

Staff report dated November 2nd outlined an executive summary highlights for the year quarterly program measures report to September 30, 2011. Staff verbally reviewed some of the highlights noting that an amendment to the financial plan bylaw is forthcoming.

#GS103/1 OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date September 30,2011 be received

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BEWARE OF DEEP HOLES IN WESTSIDE ROAD

Below is the story of an accident we had driving off the edge of Westside Road November 10, 2011

Click any of the photos below for a larger picture.
     
This is where our Westside Road story begins.
  The tape measure shows a depth of Westside Road missing approx. 6 or 7 inches deep.

This stretch of Westside Road is not far from the south side of La Casa along that long straight stretch.  Watch for oncoming cars and try and stay out of this hole.  There is no room for error here.  If you have a wide vehicle, be very careful.  There is quite a chunk of pavement missing, making the lane fairly narrow.
 

The hole in Westside Road shown in the photos above made this dent in the rim when we hit it.
Not sure if the tire is alright until we install it on a new rim to see if it holds air.
If you have low profile tires, this hole could create a problem for you like it did for us.
Luckily we left early and could still make our appointment almost on time.
We have driven thousand and thousands of miles and never before has this ever happened to us.

We did hit a pot hole one time trying to pass a gravel truck when we lived at the Coast that threw our car around, but we didn't get a bent rim or flat tire out of it that time.  Sure made our car go from one side of the road to the other though.  Luckily we didn't get into an accident that time.  These potholes could be one reason how some people end up in Okanagan Lake.. who knows.

The first vehicle to stop and offer help was a brown colored vehicle.  The male driver told us that his girlfriend just did the same thing (hit a pot hole getting a flat tire) not too long before we had our accident.  He helped by staying with us to make sure we could loosen the lug nuts and then he left because he was in a hurry and we felt we could change the tire as long as the lug nuts were not rusted on.

 

The donut needed air we found out after we got the spare donut on and there was only 15 lbs of air in it.  Its a good idea to check the air in your donut before winter sets in so you don't have to freeze to death putting air in on the side of the road somewhere like we did.  That's if you happen to have an air compressor with you.  Luckily winter hadn't set in yet and it wasn't freezing this day.  We bought our little air compressor at Canadian Tire for under $15, which if you live out Westside Road is well worth the money!  Ours plugs into the cigarette lighter.
 
By looking at the pavement you can see in this photo that someone must have scraped bottom.  There are lines dug into the pavement.
     

As it so happened we were very lucky because the Area Manager Erik Lachmuth happened to be driving by and saw us.  He pulled over behind our car and put his flashing beacon on.  Then he helped by holding the measuring tape while we took photos and driving us home to get the battery operated air compressor so we could pump the donut up, and then he drove us back to the scene.

That would be Erik holding the tape measure in the photo above.  He was a great help... thanks a lot Erik!!!  We really appreciate that you could help us out by giving us a ride so we could make our appointment almost on time!!  Good thing we left early.

  Did you happen to notice the two hubcaps in the photo above .. the one Toyota hubcap was sitting right beside Westside Road where we stopped after hitting the hole, and on the same side of the road as the hole, and the other Mazda hubcap was across on the other side of Westside Road almost directly across the road from the other hubcap and where we stopped.

Do you have a Toyota or Mazda missing its hubcap?
Did you get a flat tire hitting a hole on Westside Road, please let us know and we will start a count here of all the people getting flat tires.
We noticed this hole wasn't the only one in the area and since there were two hub caps laying there, we must not have been the only one that hit that hole.
We wonder if anyone else got a flat there too?
We left the hubcaps there just as they are sitting in the photo so if you want to find them look on the right side of Westside Road heading toward Kelowna not far past La Casa on that long straight stretch.
     

It was kind of funny because just before we were all changed up and ready to leave, a white pickup stopped to ask if we needed any help.  We explained what happened and that we were ready to start driving again.  It was nice that so many caring people stopped to help.  Thanks everyone.  We drove off and noticed the white pickup was right behind us.  We had to turn around so pulled off at the next spot, and the white pickup pulled over too.  He said you forgot your hub cap.  We had to tell him that no, those two hubcaps were someone else's LOL.

The area manager told us to email him and he would email us back with a form to fill out which we could submit to the Ministry of Transportation asking for payment for damages to the bent rim.

If you find yourself with damage due to a hole in the road that you hit, take out your cell phone or camera and a measuring tape to measure the depth of the hole so you can submit it to the Ministry.  Then email Erik and let him know so he can email you a form to fill out.  It would probably be a good idea to keep a measuring tape in your glove box along with your tire pressure gauge and sharp knife to cut a stuck seatbelt in case you are ever in an accident and your car is on fire.

There is no hot pavement being produced anymore this year we were told by a paving company we called a day or so before our accident happened and that the pavement processing company has shut down for winter now.  Erik said maybe they can find some cold patch pavement?  We said either that or some gravel!

Have a comment about Westside Road maintenance, click this link then scroll almost to the bottom of the page and fill out the form.  Your comment will be posted here on okanaganlakebc.ca

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B.C. Reg. 30/91
O.C. 102/91

Deposited February 1, 1991

British Columbia Transit Act
British Columbia Transit Regulation
[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 336/2008, November 28, 2008]
 

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Sharing of cost — 4th and subsequent years

7 Subject to Part 2, during each year of a transit service agreement,

(a) the municipality shall contribute 53.31% and the authority shall contribute 46.69% of the amounts required to defray the classes of expenses prescribed in section 8 (1) (a), and

(b) the municipality shall contribute 33.31% and the authority shall contribute 66.69% of the amounts required to defray the classes of expenses prescribed in section 8 (1) (b).

[am. B.C. Regs. 89/99, ss. 2 and 3; 346/2003, s. 5.]


Repealed

7.1 Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 89/99, s. 4.]


Annual cost determination — municipal sharing

8 (1) The classes of expenses which shall be taken into account in determining the annual cost of providing the transit services under section 11 (2) (a) of the Act are:

(a) for conventional transit service:

(i) the operating costs incurred in providing conventional transit service;

(ii) the amount of any annual lease fee and any amount required to amortize all capital expenditures, including interest accrued during construction, incurred for fixed assets accepted for conventional transit services;

(iii) the amount of the municipal administration charge not exceeding 2% of the direct operating costs payable under an annual operating agreement;

(iv) an amount of the annual operating costs of the authority not exceeding 8% of the direct operating costs payable under an annual operating agreement;

(b) for custom transit service:

(i) the operating costs incurred in providing custom transit service, including the amount paid by the authority to redeem taxi saver coupons issued under the Taxi Saver Program after deducting from that amount the amount realized from the sale of those coupons;

(ii) the amount of any annual lease fee and any amount required to amortize all capital expenditures, including interest accrued during construction, incurred for fixed assets accepted for custom transit service;

(iii) the amount of the municipal administration charge not exceeding 2% of the direct operating costs payable under an annual operating agreement;

(iv) an amount of the annual operating costs of the authority not exceeding 8% of the direct operating costs payable under an annual operating agreement.

(2) In addition to the classes of expenses referred to in subsection (1), the costs of and related to servicing debt incurred by each of the authority and the Province for the purpose of acquiring assets to be used in the operation of the public passenger transportation system constitutes a class of expenses that must be taken into account in determining the annual cost of providing the transit service under section 11 of the Act, and the municipality shall contribute that percentage of the amounts required to defray that class of expenses that, under section 7, is the percentage applicable to the capital expenditure in relation to which the debt was incurred.

[am. B.C. Regs. 1/96, s. 1; 89/99, ss. 2 and 5; 346/2003, s. 6.]


Annual cost determination — regional transit service area

9 (1) The classes of expenses which shall be taken into account in determining the annual cost of providing transit services under section 12 (2) (a) of the Act are:

(a) for conventional transit service:

(i) the operating costs incurred in providing conventional transit service within the regional transit service area;

(ii) the amount of any annual lease fee and any amount required to amortize all capital expenditures, including interest accrued during construction, incurred for fixed assets accepted for conventional transit service within the regional transit service area;

(iii) the annual operating costs of the authority, and any annual lease fee and any amount required to amortize capital expenditures, including interest during construction, incurred for fixed assets acquired for the operation of the authority;

(b) for custom transit service:

(i) the operating costs incurred in providing custom transit service within the regional transit service area, including the amount paid by the authority to redeem taxi saver coupons issued under the Taxi Saver Program after deducting from that amount the amount realized from the sale of those coupons;

(ii) the amount of any annual lease fee and any amount required to amortize all capital expenditures, including interest accrued during construction, incurred for fixed assets accepted for custom transit service within the regional transit service area;

(c) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 89/99, s. 4.]

(d) for a transit service prescribed for a regional transit service area in a regulation made by the applicable regional transit commission and approved by order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council:

(i) the operating cost incurred in providing the transit service within the regional transit service area;

(ii) the amount of any annual lease fee and any amount required, after a date specified by the authority, to amortize all capital expenditures, including interest accrued during construction incurred for fixed assets accepted for the transit service within the regional transit service area.

(2) In addition to the classes of expenses referred to in subsection (1), the costs of and related to servicing debt incurred by each of the authority and the Province for the purpose of acquiring assets to be used in the operation of the public passenger transportation system constitutes a class of expenses that must be taken into account in determining the annual cost of providing the transit service under section 12 of the Act, and the commission shall contribute that percentage of the amounts required to defray that class of expenses that, under section 2 is the percentage applicable to the capital expenditure in relation to which the debt was incurred.

[am. B.C. Regs. 94/94, s. 3; 1/96, s. 2; 89/99, ss. 2, 4 and 6.]


Annual cost determination — commuter rail service

9.1 (1) In this section, "operating costs" has the same meaning as in the operating agreement pertaining to the commuter rail service.

(2) The classes of expenditures which shall be taken into account under section 13 of the Act in determining the annual cost of a commuter rail service provided in part in a municipality and in part within a regional transit service area are the operating costs incurred in providing that commuter rail service.

[en. B.C. Reg. 423/95, s. 2.]


Annual operating agreement

10 (1) The annual operating agreement shall include provisions respecting the following matters:

(a) annual operating and capital budgets of the public passenger transportation system;

(b) operating procedures;

(c) financial and service audits;

(d) claims, actions and legal liability;

(e) procedures for settlement of disputes between the parties;

(f) service specifications, including a tariff;

(g) commencement, termination, renewal and amendment of the agreement.

(2) The authority and a municipality shall enter into a separate annual operating agreement with each person operating a transit service in a local transit service area.


Custom transit service — eligibility

11 The following persons are designated as eligible for custom transit service:

(a) persons with disabilities as defined under the Disability Benefit Programs Act;

(b) persons who have a disability, either permanent or temporary, confirmed by a medical practitioner, that is sufficiently severe that the person is physically unable without assistance to use conventional transit service.


Application of Company Act

12 Section 128 of the Company Act applies to British Columbia Transit.

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Part 2 — Alternative Funding Arrangements

Contributions by municipalities

(f) for each fiscal year, the City of Kelowna must contribute 53.31%, or any greater percentage the municipality agrees to contribute as specified in the annual operating agreement applicable to that fiscal year made between the City of Kelowna, the authority and Farwest Transit Services Inc., as amended from time to time, and the authority must contribute the balance, of the amounts required to defray the classes of expenses prescribed in section 8 (1) (a) (i), (iii) and (iv) of this regulation;

(g) for each fiscal year, the Regional District of Central Okanagan must contribute 53.31%, or any greater percentage the municipality agrees to contribute as specified in the annual operating agreement applicable to that fiscal year made between the Regional District of Central Okanagan, the authority and Farwest Transit Services Inc., as amended from time to time, and the authority must contribute the balance, of the amounts required to defray the classes of expenses prescribed in section 8 (1) (a) (i), (iii) and (iv) of this regulation;

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Regionally Significant Project Funding

Kelowna Regional Transit Increase

The Regional Board has approved a transit fare increase affecting Kelowna Regional Transit System routes in Peachland and the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. The cash fare will increase January 1st by 25 cents to $2.25 per trip. As well, 10-ticket sheets, day and monthly pass rates will also increase by approximately 12%. This is the first fare increase since September 2007. The Regional Board also supports a minimum fare recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit and 10% for Custom handyDART Transit and that a route review will be completed to determine the effectiveness of each route in the system.

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 a) Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage.pdf

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Report-Endorsement of the Regional District of North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 2500, 2011.pdf

.pdf icon Item 11.3 Sustainability Steering Committee Recommendation - Regionally Significant Funding.pdf

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Agenda No: 11.3
Mtg Date: August 22, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Sustainability Steering Committee
DATE: August 11, 2011
SUBJECT: Regionally Significant Project Funding

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the Regional Board approve the following projects be included in the Regional District's applications to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding:

New and replacement of transit buses - $4,402,420
Active Transportation Planning and Projects - $2,247,315

AND THAT staff finalize costs and report back to the Regional Board on the final application for each project being requested;

AND FURTHER THAT staff report back on the success of the applications.

BACKGROUND:
The Regional District's Sustainability Steering Committee met on July 14th to further discuss priorities for the regionally significant gas tax funding (minutes attached).

To date, the Regional Board has approved funding priorities (out of the $8,722,420 available) for the following projects: RDCO HVAC replacement ($892,685), the Regional Growth Strategy (including the aggregate supply and demand study) ($400,000); and the upgrade to the regional septage facility ($780,000).

The Board had previously agreed to include active transportation projects which did not include funding for transit buses as a priority. In discussion with municipal staff, concern has been expressed that there are not many active transportation projects for consideration and that debt servicing of transit buses is still a considered priority for the municipalities. RDCO staff continue discussions with the member municipalities regarding the two priorities (new and replacement of transit buses, and active transportation planning and projects).

The above recommendation is brought forward for Board approval in order for all staff to move forward in planning considerations for the two remaining priorities. How the remaining funds are to be distributed between the municipalities and electoral areas is yet to be determined.

Application deadline for these funds is September 2012. This is submitted for consideration.

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October 7, 2010
Chair Robert Hobson and Board
Central Okanagan Regional District
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna BC V1W 324

Dear Chair Robert Hobson and Board:

RE: GAS TAX AGREEMENT REGIONALLY SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS FUND

We are pleased to advise that Gas Tax Agreement's Partnership Committee has approved a Strategic Priorities Fund program model. The Committee has again agreed to set aside, or reserve, a portion of the funding for Regionally Significant projects (RSPs) within Tier 2 regions.

The amount reserved for RSPs in your region is $8,722,420.00. We invite the regional district, on behalf of itself and its member municipalities, to contact UBCM indicating your interest in entering a RSP Working Group with UBCM and the Province.

UBCM is interested in working with you throughout the development process.

The RSP Working Group, consisting of staff from UBCM and the Province, will facilitate the discussion with staff from your region on the process for developing an RSP proposal that meets the Gas Tax outcomes of lower greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner air, or cleaner water, and which is large in scale and regional in impact.

RSPs are unique as they will not be competing for funding against applications from other regions, and funding will be provided for approved RSP projects up to the lesser of the eligible costs of the projects and the amount reserved for the
region.

Further information about RSP proposals is set out in the enclosed Question and Answer document. If you would like further information about the RSP program, or would like to initiate discussions with the RSP Working Group, please contact Brant Felker, Gas Tax Program Officer by email at bfelker "at" ubcm.ca or by phone at 250 356-0893.

Yours truly,
Barbara Steele
UBCM President

pc: Harold Reay, CAD

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11.3 Sustainability Steering Committee Recommendation - Regionally Significant Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated August 11, 2011 outlined the recommendation from the RDCO Sustainability Steering Committee regarding funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding. It was noted that since the July 14th Committee meeting the Regional Board approved funding for the upgrade to the regional septage facility.

It was noted that staff are not sure at this point if transit buses fit the criteria for regionally significant funding.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approve the following projects be included in the Regional District's applications to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding:
• New and replacement of transit buses - $4,402,420
• Active Transportation Planning and Projects - $2,247,315
AND THAT staff finalize costs and report back to the Regional Board on the final application for each project being requested;
AND FURTHER THAT staff report back on the success of the applications.

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$41 Million spent for WFN shopping center?  Do you feel MLA Ben Stewart may be a liar about the Westside Road interchange being built for a growing population up Westside Road, cause we do?

2011 Legislative Session: Third Session, 39th Parliament
HANSARD
Debates of the Legislative Assembly
(hansard)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Morning Sitting

Hon. B. Stewart: Welcome to all the students that are here today.

On the transportation front, a lot of people remember the days of being stuck in their cars on the old double-lane bridge that we had crossing Lake Okanagan waiting for hours sometimes to get across in the summertime.

One of the bottlenecks was a major intersection just above the new W.R. Bennett Bridge, but it's going through a metamorphic change. There's a $41 million upgrade at Westside Road, and that change is really going to help open up some of the things that are happening both on First Nation lands under the skilful leadership of Chief Robert Louie but also the fact that we have an increasing and growing population moving up Westside Road.

Last September we announced rapid bus in the Central Okanagan. It has begun operation. This is an excellent addition, and it has changed exactly the way that our transit system functions in the Okanagan with a spine running from UBCO down to downtown Kelowna and soon to cross Lake Okanagan and come into the district of West Kelowna. It is an excellent example of how rapid bus can work in communities to reduce congestion and be able to reduce CO2s as well. I'm looking forward to this next phase of rapid bus.

[1055]

This was made possible through a joint federal and provincial contribution of $43 million as well as contributions from both the city of Kelowna and the district of West Kelowna. This is an excellent example of where the communities have come together to work collectively on a common problem. I look forward to the day when rapid bus spans from Vernon to Penticton.

http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/39th3rd/h10217a.htm

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FACTS ARE:

There hasn't been much for real estate sales up Westside Road for a couple years now from what George Yamada Royal Lepage Real Estate agent told okanaganlakebc.ca.  You can see a good proportion of properties for sale on George's website.  There are still a good proportion of undeveloped lots at La Casa, Valley of the Sun, Upper Fintry, all the way to Westshore Estates October 2011.  These undeveloped lots have been sitting undeveloped for years. 

Now that the price of gas has risen so much, the interchange gives poor incentive to move to the area for some being so far from town at least 30 - 45 minutes.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan turned down a new development proposal in front of Valley of the Sun of 35 homes.

Building stats are way down in the Central Okanagan, enough that the building inspection dept at the Regional District of Central Okanagan is considering restructuring the building inspection dept. 

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2010 Building Statistics in RDCO

Jan - Dec 2010 there were 77 building permits issued in Central Okanagan West.  In the entire Regional District of Central Okanagan there were 48 single family dwellings built, 38 residential additions and access and 32 permits were for garages and carports.

January 24, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Item 9.2 RDCO Building Amendment Bylaw.pdf

Item 9.1 2010 Building Statistics.pdf

 

2009 Building Statistics in RDCO

Jan - Dec 2009 there were 67 building permits issued in Central Okanagan West and out of those 67 permits, 22 were for single family dwellings and 25 were for residential additions and access

.pdf icon January 18, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2009 Building Statistics.pdf

 

2008 Building Statistics in RDCO

Jan - Dec 2008 there were 120 building permits issued in Central Okanagan West and out of those 120 permits, 72 were for single family dwellings and 22 were for additions and access.

.pdf icon January 26, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2008 Building Statistics.pdf

The population along Westside Road hasn't increased much in the last few years, and not enough to spend $41 million on.

So who did Westside-Coquihalla MLA Ben Stewart really spend the money on?  Wasn't the population of Westside Road was it?  Most likely the money was spent to help the new WFN Shopping District and proposed WFN gravel pits along Westside Road in our opinion.  As if our MLA would spend $41 million for Westside Road residents .. what a crock!  Westside Road doesn't have a shoulder in some spots and the Ministry of Transportation was considering adding pullouts, not shoulders or passing lanes to Westside Road, but nothing has been accomplished yet October 2011.  Why would the Westside Road interchange be a priority over fixing Westside Road itself, since there are no shoulders in some sections on Westside Road?

Westside Road is only a portion of the entire Central Okanagan West area which includes Trepanier next to the Coquihalla and Brent Road in Peachland, plus WFN band reserves.

PDF file icon Population of Central Okanagan West 8,018 - 2006 census

PDF file icon 2099 eligible electors July 31, 2007 in the North Westside Road area, from Westshore Estates to LaCasa.

WFN 2007-2008 Annual Report PDF file icon Through births and transfers, WFN membership population is healthy and strong and has grown to 682.

Westbank First Nation Government provides services for approximately 9000 residents living on WFN lands, 8500 of whom are non-Band members.

Just read the April 6, 2011 article that was in the Kelowna Capital News

If your a Westsider, have you ever been caught in a bottleneck on Westside Road, or has it been on the highway itself?

How much money did the WFN Shopping District as a development contribute to improvements to accommodate shoppers?

We have sent a Freedom of Information request to RDCO to find out.

Waste/Enivronmental Management Parcel Tax
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2008 - 2010 there have been 11 new additional properties added to garbage services in the entire Central Okanagan West area according to the stats above that we received from the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

We feel the Westside Road interchange may have been built for West Kelowna residents going to Kelowna and all the gravel pits active and proposed along Westside Road, which Westside Road residents vehemently oppose.

There are at least three gravel pits either approved or awaiting approval.  There is Burnco Pit at Bear Creek that is active, as well as, Okanagan Aggregates proposed gravel pit immediately south of La Casa Resort that hasn't started yet, and maybe another gravel pit at Traders Cove that the WFN probably want to start through acquiring land through the WFN land swap deal with the Province over Rose Valley reservoir and additional lands of approx. 800 acres in trade for 8 acres from WFN to build the Westside Road interchange.  Please see the North Westside Road Ratepayers letter below showing that the Ratepayers are against the gravel pit next to La Casa Resort of 500 cottages.

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North Westside Ratepayers Assn.
10390 PINECREST ROAD
Vernon , B.C. V1H 2B1
PHONE +1.250.542.8461
FAX +1.250.542.8461 (call first)
EMAIL zoeandus "at" telus.net

URGENT
October 19, 2011

Mr. Peter Lishman
Service Centre Manager, NRO
441 Columbia Street
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T3

Re: Westbank First Nations /Canadian Aggregates (WFN/CAI) Proposed Gravel Pit on Westside Road at Fintry - Application No. 3412092

We understand you will be making the decision with respect to whether or not this land is transferred to WFN for gravel quarrying purposes for a tenure of up to 50 years.

We fear you will be making your decision on inadequate/erroneous information as follows:
The water source is in question as there is currently a dispute between the strata owners and E. Stewart with respect to ownership of the LaCasa water utility. This may well end up in court and is well documented in the Strata Council Minutes. I can tell you the strata owners I spoke with today are not in favour of supplying water for this pit. Ben Stewart, MLA, we believe, erroneously assumed the majority of people at the Wilsons Landing Meeting (April 2010) were in favour of a gravel pit if the road were improved. Based on this, we understand he went forward to MOTI and began to negotiate on behalf of WFN. We were in attendance at the same meeting and although people discussed the need for road improvements, most were more interested in bringing officials out to the Westside (in a bus) and have them experience the dangers of Westside Road. Does Ben Stewart only care about this very small portion of his constituents? Who was guiding him?

Jim Edgson, Regional Director also advocated for WFN and this gravel pit based on his understanding of the same meeting at Wilsonʼs Landing. Again, we do not believe the majority of people at that meeting were in favour of this gravel pit and even if that was the case, it would be a fraction of the North Westside residents. We, in fact, petitioned at the Traders Cove Recycling Station and there was strong opposition. In fact, I would say 99% of the residents that visited the recycling depot signed our petition. Jim Edgson also attempted to convince his colleagues at RDCO (meeting on audio) that only the residents from LaCasa south would be affected by gravel truck traffic. Is he so out of touch with his riding that he does not realize that many of his constituents travel daily to work in Kelowna? Many retired residents also travel to Kelowna to do business at our Regional District, to attend meetings, to shop, to attend medical appointments, to visit friends and relatives, or just to reach Highway 97 and travel south to the Coast, Summerland, Peachland, Penticton and Osoyoos. Ludicrous! Also LaCasa is situated directly on the north property boundary of this gravel pit and they will be most affected by it - there are 500 strata lots there. The proposed Rockchild
development will be on the south boundary of this property with a proposed 70 homes.

We estimate the gravel truck traffic from the WFN/CAI pit to be 1 truck every 6 minutes. However, the Burnco pit has now opened up Bear Creek Main. Burnco will also be using Westside Road and this could well result in 1 truck every 3 minutes when both pits are fully operational.

Also there is now the Provincial Government/WFN land swap which, in part, will be “swapping” (?) 115 acres of land up Bear Creek Main (near Tolko logsort). Apparently this 115 acres is gravel. As far as the public knows the deal has not even been ratified! More open Government I am sure. Is it possible this 115 acres will also create gravel truck traffic for
Westside Road?

We recently heard of road improvements on Westside Road - “pullouts.” No one is convinced “pullouts” will make the worst sections of Westside Road safer. Government spokespersons and politicians told us these “pullouts” had nothing to do with WFN/CAI gravel pit. The question was asked several times at the Road Improvements Meeting chaired by Murray Tekano. Time will tell.

Are you or your staff aware there is no policing on Westside Road? Is this even a consideration?

We have supplied petitions, emails, letters, bulletins and attended meetings in an attempt to stop this gravel pit. We wish to reiterate the following points in opposition to this gravel pit:

a) noise and air pollution (diesel and crusher)
b) exceptionally strong winds continually blowing particulate matter through the Valley (public health issue)
c) environmental damage to Fintry Historical Park and Fintry Protected Area (particulate matter is corrosive)
d) public health and public safety
e) conflict with Official Community Plan and present zoning
f) conflict with wildlife corridors to the Lake, more traffic more dead animals
g) Draft Management Plan, Section A, Project Overview speaks of 50 or more years of operation - what then?
h) decrease in property values in the immediate area and along the corridor
i) environmental damage to proposed RDCO park immediately south - 92 hectares
j) WFNʼs brochure says a minimal levy will go to upgrade Westside Road, how much will taxpayers pay? What percentage are WFN and Canadian Aggregates paying?
k) Small upgrades to Westside Road will only be the beginning as the road will deteriorate under the extra stress
l) Who will monitor the traffic and pollution? Govt. cutbacks leave no staff to monitor gravel pits (Van. Sun Art.) dated June 25/10 re unmaintained dams due to layoffs in Govt. staff (Osoyoos dam)
m) 249k tons per year traveling down Westside Road. Notice of Work states that if estimated extraction for sand/gravel production is 250k ton/yr. an application must be made to the Environmental Assessment Office (interesting?)
n) Who will pay for the extra maintenance and surveillance required to maintain Westside Road because of this gravel pit operation?
o) many signatures and letters were supplied in opposition
p) Unlike other areas, all wildlife crosses this traffic corridor to get to the Lake - they must have water - there have been no provisions to protect any species including the bighorn sheep.
q) Westside Road is a narrow, winding, mountainous and scenic road used by tourists in motor homes, cars, trucks pulling 5th wheels and on motorcycles many months of the year. They already vie for position.
r) Environmental damage as specified in several letters from the Ministry of Environment and were submitted to ILMB.
s) Noise and dust pollution to tourist accommodations bordering this proposed site.

The proposed amount of tandem gravel trucks and the instability and geography of Westside Road will create a lethal combination which will ultimately lead to fatalities and lawsuits against the MOTI. Anyone in authority who is complicit in the decision to open this quarry will bear some responsibility.

In light of the foregoing we ask that you give this file your utmost consideration and do the right thing - deny Application # 3412092.

Yours truly,
Diane Baldwin, President

for:
Board of Directors
NORTH WESTSIDE RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

cc Ben Stewart
Robert Hobson & Board
Ron Fralik
Wilsons Landing Community Association
LaCasa Strata Owners
Blair Lekstrom/Rich Coleman/Steve Thomson/Terry Lake

Link to .pdf of this letter

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Highlights

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about WFN land swap of 8 acres for the Westside Road Interchange in exchange for almost 700 acres of crown land nor about Westside Road improvements mentioned by City of Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.  This was a director item.

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There is nothing in the Minutes mentioned about the WFN land swap

There is no Agenda or Highlights about Westside Road because it was a Director Item

7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

3) UBCM Convention - Meetings with cabinet ministers

Chair Hobson noted that meetings have been requested with Ministers Lake and Thomson regarding License of Occupations.

It was recommended that a meeting request be submitted for the Minister of Transportation regarding safety of Westside Road.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT a meeting request be submitted for UBCM Convention meetings with cabinet ministers to the Minister of Transportation regarding the safety issues on Westside Road.

CARRIED

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There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about the Transit vote for Joe Rich and Peachland being deferred due to the two Directors of that area not being in attendance at the meeting.

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6. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

6.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of August 11,2011

a) Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage (District of Peachland and Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Only) As Director Hayes was not in attendance at the meeting, this issue will be brought forward to the August 22 Board meeting.

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DWK awaits government offer
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 63721 - Aug 10, 2011

The ball remains firmly in the provincial government's court.

Kelowna Westside MLA Ben Stewart and Ministry of Transportation District Manager Murray Tekano
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Ministry of Transportation spokesman Murray Tekano (left) and MLA Ben Stewart

That's the opinion of West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater, following the latest round of verbal dissertation over the proposed land swap between the province and Westbank First Nation. Under the proposal, the government is willing to transfer 698 acres of Crown Land on the Rose Valley Reservoir for eight acres of reserve land.

The reserve land along Highway 97 is being transferred to Ministry of Transportation control as part of highway improvements connected to construction of the W.R. Bennett Bridge plus the Campbell Road and Westside Road interchanges.

"MLA Stewart was bending my ear yesterday and he's going to send me a letter outlining what he's proposing in terms of discussions; we'll bring that to council and council can make a decision," says Findlater about the possibility of West Kelowna returning to the talks.

"The ball is in their court, as far as we're concerned, to reveal the full complexity of this. There were more surprises yesterday (Tuesday) about what was said and we want to know it all because it impacts on us very heavily.

Findlater and West Kelowna Council are upset about the value the government has placed on the reservoir lands. A WFN appraisal pegs the value at less than $6M while an appraisal commissioned by the municipality puts the figure between $28M and $60M depending on whether the land is developed or not.

Stewart announced Tuesday an independent, third-party review of the WFN appraisal is underway. The results of that review are expected to be made public within a couple of weeks.

"This is the kind of thing that should have been done at the time these arrangements were made. For starters, why now?" says Findlater.

"Another concern that came out as well is that the valuation they used were in fact the beneficiaries' (WFN) evaluations. I would hope that if one were managing and dealing with taxpayer-owned assets that one would have their own opinions."

Findlater says he was also surprised to learn Tuesday that $8M was also paid by the province in the deal.

"That was all new information. We didn't know that. Nobody knew that," adds Findlater.

According to Ministry of Transportation spokesman, Murray Tekano, part of the $8M was compensation for private land owners while another part was to address the impact of road changes and other things which affected WFN's ability to use the land.

"What's the totality of all of this?" asks Findlater.

"Granted, some of this may have to do with Campbell Road and the bridge but, where does one start and one end? How's it all tied together, and are there more elements to this?"

While Stewart and Tekano says nothing has been finalized, Findlater says there is talk of another interchange at Boucherie Road and Highway 97.

He says some lands in that area are municipal while others are WFN lands.

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Stewart: Land swap rivals HST
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 63704 - Aug 10, 2011

How angry are West Kelowna residents over a proposed land swap between the province and Westbank First Nation?


Kelowna - Westside MLA Ben Stewart
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Westside-Kelowna MLA, Ben Stewart

Westside-Kelowna MLA, Ben Stewart, has heard from a number of constituents through phone messages and e-mail.

"I think for Westside residents it's probably on an equivalent scale of bringing in the HST," Stewart revealed during a news conference to discuss the land swap Tuesday.

The proposed land swap would see 698 acres of Crown Land around the Rose Valley Reservoir transferred to WFN in exchange for eight acres of reserve lands which are being used in highway construction along Highway 97.

Stewart called Tuesday's news conference in an effort to quell opposition, especially that voiced by the District of West Kelowna.

The municipality is strongly opposed to the proposed land swap, partly because of what it believes is an inequity in land value.

An original appraisal commissioned by the WFN pegged the value of the Crown land at $5.9M.

Unhappy with the figures and being excluded from the negotiations, West Kelowna commissioned its own appraisal.

The municipality says its appraisal values the 698 acres at between $28M and $42M in an undeveloped or limited development state and up to $60M if developed to a residential urban standard.

The eight acres of WFN land is appraised at about $8.

Stewart announced Tuesday an independent, third-party review of the original assessment will take place.

A Penticton firm (Inland Appraisers) began the review two days ago and expects to release the results within a couple of weeks.

He says the review will ensure the WFN-sponsored appraisal, which the government has reviewed and agreed with, represents fair market value for the property.

"The province has committed to release the review to the public so they can have the facts."

The municipality has also asked to see the agreement being proposed, something Stewart says will not happen.

"The ministry is not going to share that information with them. We're not going to get into that type of negotiation. It's still an agreement that's private between two governments and that's the way it remains."

The land deal was made necessary when WFN lands were used in order to complete western access to the W.R. Bennett Bridge, Campbell Road Interchange and the Westside Road Interchange which is still under construction.

Stewart says getting the new bridge in place was a significant infrastructure improvement for the entire Central Okanagan.

"This new bridge that was opened two-and-a-half years ago was essentially an important and critical part of infrastructure here and we depend on the infrastructure to be able to move goods and services and a lot of the things we are talking about we try to do in an open and transparent matter where it makes sense."

He says without the participation of West Kelowna, the government has not been able to reach the conclusion it wants to which is an agreement that would protect the watershed and deal with the parkland.

Stewart implored the municipality to return to the table, saying it is the only way it could get the type of deal it is looking for.

He says reaching a deal without West Kelowna would be more difficult than if it were at the table but added a deal could still be reached.

No time frame has been set to complete the deal, although Stewart says they hope to have it done sooner rather than later.

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DWK asks province to come clean
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 63684 - Aug 8, 2011

The BC Government owes it to taxpayers to come clean on the circumstances surrounding the Province’s proposed Land Exchange with the Westbank First Nation, says West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater.

Findlater was responding to B.C. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom’s recent representation of the facts surrounding the proposed land exchange deal the province has made with the WFN.

“First of all, Minister Lekstrom is not accurate when he suggests that the District of West Kelowna has been unwilling to discuss the controversial land exchange,” says Findlater.

“In fact, Council met with two senior ministry officials and Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart in late July; and, West Kelowna repeatedly asked for key documentation related to this deal, which is evident in letters sent to the Minister’s office on December 21, 2010 and April 13, 2011. Council met with then-Minister Shirley Bond in September 2010 to indicate our objection to the deal, and I reiterated this as recently as May when I met new Minister of Transportation Minister Lekstrom and MLA Stewart. We as a Council have had quite a few other meetings with MLA Stewart and/or Ministry staff.”

Findlater says staff was directed to decline further meetings and negotiations when it became apparent the Ministry was attempting to engage the District of West Kelowna in signing a so-called co-management agreement on watershed issues.

He says those negotiations would legitimize and sanction the go-ahead of the deal.

The land exchange arrangement is fundamentally not in West Kelowna’s interests, Findlater stated.

“Those instances were by no means any indication that West Kelowna was unwilling to come to the table. We continue to write to the province, requesting key documentation about the full scope of the arrangements, the whole deal for compensation and the valuation of the lands involved. These are fundamental to any further negotiations that might take place going forward.”

Findlater says the District of West Kelowna is also concerned about the figures Lekstrom is using in reporting the land values involved in the exchange.

“The Minister said the undeveloped land is worth $5.9 million. Where is he getting these figures from? In the interest of transparency, the province owes it to taxpayers to produce the documents that detail the valuations being placed on the 698 acres of Crown land, especially considering how vastly the numbers differ from the valuations the District of West Kelowna has researched. If it is a good deal, the Minister should be prepared to share it with the public, and also seek an opinion from the provincial auditor general on whether provincial taxpayers are getting the best value for the trading of assets.”

Council is very concerned about the obvious financial inequities of the deal, says Findlater.

“I remind the Minister of the figures West Kelowna has been provided, showing the 698 acres of land to be valued at between $28 million and $42 million in an undeveloped or limited development state. If developed to a residential urban standard, the land could be worth as much as $60 million. It is also important to note that the Rose Valley Regional Park lands (147 acres) to be transferred are immediately adjacent to an existing West Kelowna Estates neighbourhood and would certainly have to be fairly valued for its immediate development potential if it is no longer to be park land.”

The WFN’s eight acres of land is worth much less at $8 million.

“On the surface, this part of the compensation comes across as a poor deal on the province’s part, and West Kelowna must hold the government accountable on this one. We need to see the full magnitude of the contractual arrangements, including compensation for other lands for the transportation corridor. We call on Minister Lekstrom to open up the documents. Put the facts on the table for West Kelowna and BC’s taxpayers to see.”

West Kelowna Council said it is not only concerned about the apparent financial inequities of the deal, but also the loss of Rose Valley Regional Park land and the potential impact on one of the District of West Kelowna’s drinking water reservoirs.

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Province trades 698 acres for 8 acres
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 63586 - Aug 4, 2011

Both the District of West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan have come down hard against a land swap between the provincial government and Westbank First Nation.

As part of the land deal, the province would turn over a 698 acre parcel of Crown Land located at the north end and east end of Rose Valley Reservoir to WFN in exchange for eight acres of reserve land being used, in part, for the development of the Westside Road Interchange.

West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater says the deal fails to protect the interests of taxpayers and residents of the District of West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

He says the municipality and RDCO have several issues with the swap, including:
• The apparent disparity in the values of the properties being exchanged
• Potential impact on the municipality's water supply
• A reduction in the size of Rose Valley Regional Park
• Future loss of municipal tax revenue

"The one that really upsets me is the reservoir watershed issue. A portion of the land adjacent to Rose Valley Reservoir, which was basically dammed and operated by Lakeview Irrigation District for some 4,000 families, could go out of local government and provincial government control," says Findlater.

"There would be very limited opportunities to exercise control of any development that might take place in that area. That would have an impact on our drinking water."

Over the past few years, municipalities across the province have opposed the selling of leased lots around reservoir lakes into private hands.

"We see this as not very different."

Findlater says he is also upset with the apparent financial inequity of the land swap.

He says government officials have refused to provide details of the deal, leaving it up to the municipality to retain a company to provide preliminary valuation of the lands.

According to that valuation, the interchange lands have a value of approximately $1M per acre ($8M) while the Crown Lands are valued at between $28M and $42M in an undeveloped form and up to $60M if it were rezoned and developed to an urban residential standard.

Negotiations between the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and WFN have been going on for more than two years.

Local government were advised of the swap in October, 2009.

Findlater says both local governments have asked to see the agreement on numerous occasions in order to be able to properly respond to the request from the province to endorse the agreement.

So far, they have not received anything.

He says he feels the province is trying to bully local governments into signing on with the deal.

"Both the Regional District Board and council are frustrated and feel we are being pushed to sign on to something we don't agree with."

Findlater says the province has told them the deal can be signed with or without local support.

"That's our dilemma. Do we go along with this and negotiate something so terribly odious or do we stand up and say this is not acceptable. That's what we've decided to do."

He says it's up to the province to fix this and hopes that, by going public, members of the public will tell the government what it thinks of the agreement.

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Mayor says viewing ‘whole deal’ will provide clarity
Kelowna Capital News - Okanagan Similkameen - By Wade Paterson - August 05, 2011

The District of West Kelowna is requesting that the province put the entire land exchange deal between Westbank First Nation and the provincial government, on the table.

“Nobody has ever seen this; they’ve refused to provide this contractual agreement,” said West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater.

“We simply don’t know what all the implications are on the whole thing.”

Findlater said that the district has received a limited amount of information about the land exchange, which has left it guessing about the overall impact it may have.

“We have very little in writing on this except a letter asking us to register our concerns. We’ve never seen the appraisal comparing the various lands,” said Findlater.

But the B.C. Minister of Transportation, Blair Lekstrom, said that the District of West Kelowna has been the one opting out of receiving information. “We have had discussions with the District of West Kelowna. It’s unfortunate they have chosen to not come to the table for whatever reason. That one, I’m somewhat confused on.”

Lekstrom also mentioned that appraisals had been done on the 698-acre proposal. He said that the public was misinformed by the District of West Kelowna’s suggestions that the land was estimated to be worth between $28 million and $42 million.

“The 698-acre parcel is an undeveloped, raw piece of land, much of it (can’t be developed) in many cases. The appraisal was $5.9 million,” said Lekstrom.

“The parcel that was exchanged, so we could continue to build our infrastructure that was needed for everybody in the region, was assessed at $8 million. So, in fact, the taxpayers of B.C. have done very well on this.


Lekstrom said he was surprised when asked about the claims that the District of West Kelowna has written repeatedly to request documents about the negotiation and the agreement on the land exchange, to no avail.

“As it stands right now, District of West Kelowna elected officials have told their staff not to engage. The ball is in their court. We’re more than willing to be at the table, to have these discussions.”

Lekstrom also addressed the concerns about Rose Valley Regional Park and the adjacent Rose Valley Reservoir watershed.

“We can’t enter into an agreement that would jeopardize the watershed. That’s clear to everybody and that’s just not going to happen,” Lekstrom explained. “The park issue is something near and dear to the people in that region. There has been discussions with WFN on looking at that park and maintaining it. Those discussions are ongoing; there is no final agreement yet.”

Findlater said West Kelowna is left with a dilemma: “Do we sit at the table and put our concerns out there and reach some kind of an agreement on those concerns for what’s fundamentally wrong and odious? Or do we simply say, ‘No, this is not acceptable?’” said Findlater.

According to the mayor, there are still missing pieces of the puzzle.

“This is not the only thing that’s going on with regard to addition to the reserve. There are two other requests to add property in the area of Devon Road and Old Ferry Wharf Road to the Westbank First Nation as well.”

According to Findlater, the district has questions about other possible arrangements as well.

“What are the arrangements if they secure these roads as reserve land for other roads to be built in to those areas to service them? Then, are they expecting to recover additional land because those roads on the reserve land would become provincial roads?”

Findlater believes that this deal may go back to before the municipality was incorporated.

“As far as we can tell, without actually looking at the agreement—which hasn’t been shared with us—the fundamentals of this agreement were ironed out between the province, ministry of transportation and infrastructure and Westbank First Nation in conjunction with the W.R. Bennett Bridge in 2006 or 2007.”

According to Findlater, the regional district, which was the local government at the time, was never consulted when the deal was being put together, nor was the Lakeview Irrigation District, which was in existence as a form of local government for water utilities. The irrigation district also built the dam on Rose Valley Reservoir.

“Fast forward to October 2009. The District of West Kelowna was informed by the provincial government that they put what they call a map reserve on these parcels in the Rose Valley area to transfer to WFN,” Findlater said.

“In November, we registered our objection. We simply did not favour this because of the loss of potential park land.”

Findlater thought that might have put an end to it; however, in October 2010 the provincial government came back wanting to get the deal done.

“In December 2010, after a lot of evaluation, we wrote a very detailed letter indicating our objection and multiple reasons why.”

That letter was written to then minister of transportation, Shirley Bond. The letter specifically requested a land appraisal.

After no response, another letter was sent to Lekstrom on April 13, 2011. “We did not receive a formal reply until June, 2011 from Lekstrom. That letter said, ‘We’ll be happy to talk,’ rather than anything substantial in terms of addressing our concerns,” Findlater said.

A final letter was sent to local MLA Ben Stewart on July 26, 2011, referencing unanswered concerns from previous letters.

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District against land swap
Kelowna Capital News - Okanagan Similkameen - By Wade Paterson - August 04, 2011

The District of West Kelowna is objecting to a proposed land exchange between Westbank First Nation and the provincial government.

The proposed exchange would see WFN gain a 698-acre plot of Crown land in exchange for eight acres of reserve land, which are being used for the development of the Westside Road interchange.

Mayor Doug Findlater said the deal goes against the interests of taxpayers in the District of West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“Council is especially concerned because the provincial government refuses to provide the District of West Kelowna with a copy of the agreement it has signed with the Westbank First Nation, despite numerous requests for the document,” said Findlater.

Findlater also noted the province has yet to provide the district with any of the land appraisals regarding the land exchange. The portion of Crown land under consideration is near Rose Valley Reservoir and takes up a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park.

“Rose Valley Reservoir is the drinking water source for almost half of our community and having land use control around the reservoir transferred to another jurisdiction beyond our control is not acceptable,” said Findlater.

Westbank First Nation stated both they and the B.C. Ministry of Transportation have been working closely to come to a resolution that satisfies the contractual obligation of the provincial government regarding the land exchange.

“Westbank First Nation recognized and accommodated the needs of the greater community when providing the land used for the Highway 97 corridor, and acted in good faith with the province regarding the conditions for use of WFN lands,” said a WFN news release.

“WFN is committed, like any local government, to managing their resources responsibly.

“WFN places a high value on the environment and the protection of watersheds, and is committed to working with neighboring governments within established protocols,” it reads.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, however, has confirmed it is against the exchange.

“The regional board is unanimous in opposition to a Crown land application that has been discussed in camera over the past two years,” the RDCO stated in a press release.

“The board resolution does not support a proposed application from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure relating to a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park and the adjacent Rose Valley reservoir watershed.”

The regional board said it is concerned that, if the land exchange occurs, a precedent will be set where the ministry can impact other legal tenure agreements with other local governments or agencies in other areas of the province.

wpaterson "at" kelownacapnews.com

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This is about the Regional District of Central Okanagan's position in regard to the exchange of land between WFN (8 acres) to build the Westside Road at Hwy 97 Interchange for (approx. 700 acres) Crown Land near Rose Valley Regional Park in West Kelowna.

No Regional District Support for Crown Land Exchange

The Regional Board is unanimous in opposition to a Crown land application that has been discussed in camera over the past two years. The Board resolution does not support a proposed application from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure relating to a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park and the adjacent Rose Valley reservoir watershed.

In October 2009, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advised the Regional District of its intention to apply for a Land Act map reserve status for several Crown land parcels in the vicinity of Bear Creek Road (District Lots 489, 4089, 4183 and Unsurveyed Crown Land adjacent to DL 4183) including one within the north-east boundary of Rose Valley Regional Park. The Ministry indicated all or part of the subject parcels might be used to finalize property settlements with the Westbank First Nation in connection with the Highway 97 improvements within reserve lands. The Crown land parcels were intended to be added to the Westbank First Nation reserves.

In discussing the Ministry referral notice, the Regional Board opposed the unilateral action of the Ministry in light of the Regional District’s legal and historical License of Occupation and tenure from the Province, that was approved through a public process, to protect and environmentally steward those Crown lands that make up a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park for the benefit of all Central Okanagan residents. The current ten-year License runs through 2016 and includes RDCO tenure over DL 4186 within the northern section of the regional park, adjacent to Bear Creek Road.

In relation to this, the Board is concerned that if the land exchange occurs, a precedent will be set, where the Ministry can impact other legal tenure agreements with other local governments or agencies in other areas of the province.

The Board position continues to be consistent with its ongoing and strong opposition to the Province’s proposed sale of Crown lots adjacent to reservoir lakes, a position that the B.C. government decided last year not to pursue. The Regional District believes that drinking water resources and their watersheds must be protected in the interest of public safety. As several of the proposed land exchange parcels are adjacent to the historic Rose Valley reservoir, formerly built and maintained by the Lakeview Irrigation District and now within the jurisdiction of the District of West Kelowna, and in the absence of any long-term future land use information, the Board is concerned that the reservoir may be adversely impacted if the land exchange is permitted.

Finally, the Regional Board is concerned that as legal tenure license holder, it has not been afforded the opportunity of actively participating from the beginning in this Crown land exchange proposal, but rather, is seen as an outside third party even though it seeks to protect the interests of all Central Okanagan residents.

The Regional District and the District of West Kelowna are united in pursuing this issue of regional interest.

(August 3, 2011)

Source: RDCO's What's New

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Pullouts considered for Westside Road BC

Pullouts considered for Westside Road BC -  May 11, 2011 - Vernon Morning Star
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What about the existing pull-offs, couldn't they be smoothed over and put up signs saying pull-off ahead so many metres?

May 17, 2011

The North Westside Road Fire Chief just told us that the GranFondo Event has been cancelled on Westside Road.  It is not cancelled all together, its just not going to travel Westside Road.

Clapping Hands

The OKIB did not approve of the GranFondo event so its now cancelled on Westside Road.

Funny thing about it, is that RDCO had no say according to Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson!

We believe they are using the commonage and down through Dept. of Defense Lands and back south to Kelowna. At least we will not be bothered...could still cause some headaches on the Highway between Kelowna and Vernon I guess.

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May 16, 2011 we received another email about the GranFondo bicycle event planned for July 16, 2011 on Westside Road that was sent to Director Jim Edgson and cc'd to okanaganlakebc.ca ... and we have permission to post it anonymously.

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As a resident of Westside Road it is hard for me to believe that with the dangers of the road that a bicycle event would even be considered. The road has its dangers when there is lots of camper traffic on it (people not that familiar with the road), the wildlife and cows, tourists and locals driving like crazy that is enough to have to deal with now you are planning a bicycle event and we will have to deal with bicyclists who will want to practice in the days leading up to the event and they like to ride 2 to 3 abreast and there is no room for a car, oncoming car and the cyclists to pull over. As it is the cyclists when they are riding in a group don't move over now.

This road is our only link to Vernon and Kelowna, why would it even be considered for an event such as this that will impede emergency crews if needed. There has been alot of crashes down Westside road and it is tough enough for the emergency crews, why make it worse.

Maybe instead of shutting down the road it should be considered to make a cycle path along the road and then you can have this in years to come.

I urge you and your colleagues to reconsider the decision to use this road for the event. There is alot of traffic now on the road and in the days to come will be more due to the tourists we really don't need to add bicycles into the equation. Why can't this event take place on Highway 97 where it has more room? 

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This is Director Jim Edgson's reply to the email above about GranFondo

Subject: Re: GranFondo Bicycle Event being held July 16, 2011 along Westside Road
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 18:29:40 -0700
From: jim.edgson "at" cord.bc.ca
To: North Westsider
CC: Dave.Turner "at" gov.bc.ca; kevin "at" toitevents.com

Thank you! I am passing this information along to GranFondo and the MOTI. For your information, the route proposed does include #97 in part. For your further information, on April 7 the RDCO Board adopted the following resolution: "that the Regional Board supports in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th GranFondo event subject to a transportation plan being developed with the Ministry of Transportation". All roads in this area are the responsibility of the MOTI. The RDCO cannot approve anything to do with any of "our" roads in Central Okanagan West.

All this was noted at the open house held on April 28 in La Casa. This was advertised on each bulletin Board, including the one in Westshores. Perhaps you missed that meeting.

Thank you for your input.


Jim Edgson
Director Central Okanagan West
Ph: 250-212-7296

For more info about GranFondo click here

'Beautiful road' a danger to drivers
Castanet.net - by Daniel Hayduk - Story: 61840 - May 4, 2011

Photo: Daniel Hayduk - Castanet

Emergency crews examine the scene of Tuesday's fatal crash on Westside Road, where one vehicle with an unknown number of occupants plummeted into Lake Okanagan.

Every year, collisions on Westside Road claim lives -- and North Westside Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Carson is a first responder at many of them.

"It can be a dangerous road. It's fairly narrow, there's small shoulders, areas where there are no shoulders -- there's areas where there are no shoulders and no guard rails," says Carson.

Carson says problems often arise when weather, wildlife and dangerous driving are added to the mix.

When the unexpected happens on the roadway, Carson says the first instinct is to swerve.

"There are areas on Westside Road where there is no where to swerve."

Often, the choice is between a rock wall or an embankment plummeting to Lake Okanagan below.

"We've got some really deep spots close in along the shoreline and if you go of in the wrong spot, you've got some serious problems for sure."

Carson says the onus is on the drivers -- not the design of the road.

"There's just so few spots where you can legally pass, but there are pullouts and they're there for a reason. If you've got traffic building up behind you, use the pullout, let them go by. Otherwise or they'll try and pass you in a bad spot and you'll all be involved in an incident nobody wants to go through."

Inexperienced drivers should avoid Westside Road, he says -- likening it to a first-time skier attempting a black diamond run.

And Carson says if this summer's RBC Gran Fondo Kelowna cycling event is approved for Westside Road, vehicle and cyclist traffic will increase even more.

"It's such a beautiful road and you're going to be hard pressed to not come out and run it."

In a letter to Castanet, Westside Road resident Jill Clark says allowing the Gran Fondo event would not be a good idea.

"This road is barely wide enough for the existing traffic, and many motorists 'shave' the corners. All of this makes for deadly road conditions without adding thousands of cyclists and reducing the road to one lane," says Clark.

"Westside Road is simply not a safe or viable route."

.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

GranFondo Mass Participation Cycling Event

The Regional Board has given support in principle to the organizers of a proposed mass participation cycling event around the Central Okanagan. The GranFondo event is planned for Saturday, July 16th on an approximately 140-kilometer route around Okanagan Lake, including 60-kilometers along Westside Road. The organizers will be communicating information on the impact on affected routes including a proposed dedicated southbound lane closure from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for a portion of Westside Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The Board support is conditional on the organizers receiving approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a comprehensive traffic management plan.

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

GranFondo Event Support

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board supports in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th Gran Fondo event subject to a transportation plan being developed with the Ministry of Transportation;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation (copy local MLAs) that the Regional Board is supportive of the Gran Fondo event and encouraging their cooperation.

CARRIED

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

.pdf icon Item 5.4 GranFondo Canada.pdf - cycling event around Okanagan Lake July 16, 2011 starting at 7am on Water Street in Kelowna

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

5.4 Kevin Thomson and Bill McKinnon, GranFondo Canada

Kevin Thomson and Bill McKinnon provided an overview of the GranFondo Kelowna 2011 event scheduled for July 16th
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• Course includes a 140km biking event--a long distance, mass-participation cycling event
• Start/Finish is in Kelowna.
• Overall participation in GranFondo style events is skewed to 35+ age group
• Central Okanagan area has the capacity of have a similar event as Whistler
• Requesting support for a dedicated southbound lane on Westside Road - 9am to 3pm.
• Working with the Ministry of Transportation but ran into an issue for Westside Road. Political will is required for this action to proceed.
• Working with professional traffic control and road maintenance (Argo), signage at all driveways, traffic can flow North all day long, one day event, one-time only.
• Future dates would consider a June event in the Okanagan.

Dave Turner, Ministry of Transportation (Vernon) addressed the Committee noting the Ministry is not currently in support of the lane closure. Mr. Turner explained that there was to be a public consultation process and as far as they know this has
not occurred. Does not know if there is any community support for the event? The Ministry is looking for a traffic management plan from GranFondo.

• In some areas there is no option to go North when you live so close to Kelowna (Sailviewarea). Is there an opportunity to have flag traffic to keep the road open? There are no options for people on Westside Road to travel alternate routes to Kelowna.
• It was noted that they had similar issues around Squamish for the Whistler event. Emergency services would not be adversely affected. Stationed emergency service areas will be in effect.
• Director Edgson noted he will have a community meeting in the area on April 29th to gather input from the community.
• Have discussions occurred with Okanagan Indian Band? Yes, Gran Fondo officials have communicated with the new Band Chief.
• It was noted that to be successful it will be important for the community to be informed well in advance.
• Plan has been submitted to the Ministry for part of the event course. Wanted to know if there is political will for such an event. Ongoing dialogue with the Ministry of Transportation.
• This is a one day event, six hours in length. If an event like this can be successful in Vancouver-Whistler, why not here. This is a huge tourism opportunity for the Okanagan.

#GS37/11 EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the GranFondo Event presentation be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends the Regional Board support in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th Gran Fondo event subject to a transportation plan being
developed with the Ministry of Transportation;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation, copying the local MLAs, that the Regional Board is supportive of the Gran Fondo event and encouraging their cooperation.

CARRIED

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

6.2 Regional Transportation Demand Management Program Update (Jerry Dombowsky, City of Kelowna Regional Programs Manager)

The Regional District's Transportation Demand Management Program is contracted to the City of Kelowna to carry out the service.

Jerry Dombowsky provided a review of the region's program including a review of the background of the program for 2010, workplan for 2011 and 2011 budget.
- Participating partners are the City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna and the electoral areas. Peachland and Lake Country are not part of the service.
- Reviewed travel planning initiatives noted in the air quality review.
- Existing programs continue. New projects for 2011 - UBCO sustainable Glenmore Transportation ComPASS Pilot Project; KGH Corporate TDM plan, UBCO UPASS fare strategy, Okanagan College UPASS research, faculty/staff pass UBCO/Okanagan College.

Discussion:
- The Regional Board will require information on the UPASS increase before it is proposed to UBCO. Enhancement to service has not been completed and the expectation is for improved service. BRT is only beginning after a four year UPASS installation.

Preliminary meetings have been held with student groups reviewing the UPASS agreement.

Will be consultative with UBCO and addressed formally in May.

Long complicated, diplomatic process.
The question was raised why is there the need for an increase when all students don't use the bus but all pay for it? They get a four month pass for basically the cost of a one month pass.

Students need to feel they get value. Working with what service needs are required for the students.

A different model would be used for staff UPASS systems.

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the Governance & Services Committee received the TDM 2011 workplan and budget which details programs and directions for the regional Transportation Demand function.

CARRIED

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Kelowna lays roadside memorial debate to rest
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - March 01, 2011

Kelowna politicians decided Monday to dismiss a suggestion to stamp roadside memorials with an expiry date, silencing the emotional debate on whether they’re eyesores that should be removed or harmless representations of grief.

"There were concerns they caused a visual problem, which we've seen from the report is not the case," said Coun. Charlie Hodge, after being run through a new city document suggesting a two year lifespan for markers.

"Some thought they were left to be unattractive, (which is not the case.) So if we have dealt with these things, then why do we have two year time limit?"

The discussion around roadside memorials came to the fore last fall after city council received a letter from an area resident who complained the memorials were unsightly and possibly hazardous to other drivers. While she acknowledged the emotional nature of the markers, she thought Kelowna should enact a policy akin to that of the city's of Calgary's, where uniform plaques replace personal memorials after a set time frame.

That letter triggered a community outcry, and the city was prompted to look into best practices and come up with policy around the issue.

Ultimately they endorsed a recommendation that would only cap memorials if they present a hazard, encroach onto the paved portion of the roadway or cause sightline obstructions or distractions to motorists.

It's a list of recommendations that changes little, which one former Kelowna resident feels is the best.

"I understand that for some people they may be an 'eyesore,' but for others they are a meaningful testament to the life of a friend or loved one," said Connor Vander Zalm, who a few years ago joined friends in erecting a marker where their friend, Andrew Walker, died in an accident.

"For those who are touched by such accidents that call for a roadside memorial, the displays can serve as a reminder of the realities and consequences of risk taking and everyday actions."

Over the years since Walker's 2009 death, the Spiers Road memorial Vander Zalm and his friends built also acted as a way to work through the grief.

Walker, 21, died suddenly, after riding a skateboard while holding onto a moving vehicle. He fell, suffering fatal injuries to his upper body and head.

"This was a huge experience for all of us, and none of us knew what to do or how to act, so keeping busy really helped us deal with the destruction," he explained.

"We kept busy and felt like we were doing something positive for ourselves, the parents and others."

The memorial they built, with the permission of neighbours, is far more well developed than most.

Snowboards, concrete and paint that's lasted the test of time have allowed it to hold up well, and it's still a gathering place for Walker's loved ones.

"I know my sister goes to it once in awhile, and another friend goes there a lot,” he said. “When I'm back home, I have two options to drive, and I choose to go by, because it makes me feel good."

A recent turn of events has also reinforced the decision from years earlier. On a trip with a friend to Ontario, Walker walked by a roadside memorial and it caught the pair’s attention.

"(My friend) stopped and looked at it, to read and see what it was about," he said.

"He had no idea who it was about, but he took the time to read it and pay attention, which reminded me of ours and made me feel good.

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Those white paint markings on Westside Road near Fintry are there for installation of a Shaw Cable line, but Shaw says they have no plans to bring the cable into Valley of the Sun at this time.

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GRAVEL PIT (NEXT TO LA CASA) MEETING DISGUISED AS A ROAD MEETING DO YA THINK?

Westside Road – Public Information Session

March 10, 2011

Residents of Westside Road and area are invited to attend an information session where staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will present an update on improvement plans for Westside Road between Bear Creek Park and Highway 97 North at O’Keefe Ranch.

The session is being held on Thursday March 10th, 2011 starting at 7 p.m. in the event centre of the LaCasa Cottage Resort 6808 Westside Road N.

Representatives of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will present an overview of planning work to date along the corridor and discuss the implementation strategy for future improvements.

Information about this session can also be found on our public website at:
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/index.html

We look forward to seeing you on March 10th.

W. Murray Tekano
District Manager, Transportation
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kelowna

See (.pdf) attachment about this meeting

This is a map where La Casa is located along Westside Road.  La Casa is located approx. 2 km's south (Kelowna side) of Fintry Provincial Park.  The meeting will be held in the upper castle looking building at La Casa.

Map of where La Casa is located along Westside Road BC... about 2 km's south of Fintry Provincial Park.
click map for larger picture

For more information click here

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.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights in regards to Hwy97 Coalition

.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Nothing was mentioned in the Board Agenda in regards to Hwy97 Coalition

.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

10. OTHER BUSINESS

d) Via Hwy97 Coalition - Director Rule noted that the Coalition is planning a Forum for next year. Tourism, trade and transportation are the top issues for discussion by the Coalition.

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When you see an ambulance, tow truck, police, fire, or a highway maintenance vehicle parked on the side of a highway with its lights going and the speed limit is 80 km's an hour or higher, it is illegal if you don't move over a full lane if its safe to do so and slow to 70km's. Otherwise its a $173 fine and points on your drivers licence.

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ORDER IN COUNCIL 1458
Ministry Responsible: TRANSPORTATION AND HIGHWAYS
Statutory Authority: Highway
Reference No. 335B - 3rd Street, 4th Street, 10th Avenue, 13th Street, 13th Avenue and Westside Road be classified as Secondary Highway.

http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/oic/1995/resume36.htm

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Cities urge province to cull urban deer
Vernon Morning Star - By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News - October 01, 2010

Dangerous deer are running amok in towns and cities across B.C. and the province needs to act.

That was one of the messages from voting delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler.

Grand Forks Coun. Chris Moslin blamed inaction from the province for the growing trouble with urban wildlife.

"We've watched our urban deer herds dramatically increase," he said. "Now municipalities are trying to deal with the unpalatable challenge of trying to reduce the deer herd population through either a sharpshooter cull or some sort of limited-entry managed hunt."

Moslin said the province is forcing cities to be the "bad guy" and demand controversial action.

The motion, which passed by a wide margin, noted B.C. needs more conservation officers but the environment ministry is poorly equipped to respond to many issues because of budget cuts.

"That has left the ministry of environment almost toothless – whether it's air quality, water quality or managing urban wildlife," Moslin said.

Osoyoos delegates tried to add a call for a cull of non-migratory Canada Geese they said have become a nuisance on local lakes.

"It becomes a real heatlh and safety issue with the beaches being fouled," Coun. Michael Ryan said.

The city has arranged some hunting of the geese, he said, but federal authorities with the Canadian Wildlife Service are resisting a broader cull.

Delegates rejected the Osoyoos amendment as being a distinct issue.

A separate motion from Richmond council to ban the sale of rabbits in pet stores was defeated.



Medical marijuana

It's too hard for patients to get medical marijuana, so regulation of the issue should be transferred from the federal to the provincial government.

The Victoria motion passed, with advocates suggesting the province could then distribute medical marijuana via pharmacies and community dispensaries, potentially reducing the number of approved patients growing their own pot.

Delegates also debated a call from Merritt for tighter enforcement of licensed medical marijuana growers to ensure they meet local regulations and don't pose similar safety risks to illegal grow-ops.

That resolution was referred back for further study after Kootenay delegates argued it could violate the privacy rights of medical pot users.






Drug policy

A call for the provision of needle exchanges and base levels of other harm-reduction services for addicts in every B.C. community narrowly passed by a 124-118 vote.

Opponents said it would lead to greater provision of free drugs to addicts in the name of harm reduction.

Advocates said such services should be consistent, rather than the current patchwork that stems from local opposition in some regions.





Police bills queried

Major police investigations can be costly and cities are increasingly being hit up by the province to share the burden.

UBCM passed a resolution seeking to reverse the trend and ensure cities don't pay extra if a regional team of officers like the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is called in to deal with a murder.

"Imagine if Port Coquitlam got a bill for the Robert Pickton investigation," Coun. Al Siebring of North Cowichan, the sponsor of the motion.

He said civic administrators joke that if a murder happens near the municipal border, the temptation is to drag the body across the line into the regional district, where the city isn't responsible for costs.





PRIME fees up

B.C. cities are also concerned about a doubling in the fees they're charged to cover the costs of police records handling.

UBCM wants an accounting of increased spending on the PRIME (Police Records Information Management Environment) system and seats on the agency's board of directors.

The province has indicated it will name three local government representatives.

Resolutions on the issue were advanced by Metro Vancouver, Richmond, North Cowichan and Midway.





Keep on rolling

One of the closest votes at UBCM came when delegates debated whether to press for mandatory helmet use by skateboarders, inline skaters and scooter riders.

But the wheels quickly started to come off the idea when some civic reps questioned whether it might also apply to seniors or the handicapped in electric scooters or children's tricycles.

"This is going to cost people quite a bit of money," Langford Coun. Lillian Szpak said, adding it could deter young people from being outside and active.

Powell River Coun. Debbie Dee defended the measure as one that would prevent brain injuries.

A Tofino councillor suggested the overwhelmingly non-skateboarding mayors and councillors at UBCM were unreasonably trying to restrict the lifestyle of local youth.

The motion was defeated 198-190.





Regulate MMA

Civic reps voted to ask for tighter restrictions on boxing, wrestling and similar pro matches like mixed-martial arts.

UBCM will ask the province to ban such events unless they're regulated by an athletic commission.

North Cowichan Coun. Al Siebring said the move shouldn't stamp out the popular fight events, but is merely an attempt to "set standards on this vastly growing sport."




Transfer plates?

UBCM delegates endorsed a Quesnel resolution urging the province to allow a transferrable licence plate an owner could swap between two vehicles.

Quesnel Coun. Ron Paull said many Interior workers have to drive a truck or SUV for work purposes.

But if they also owned a small efficient car they could swap one plate "between the gas guzzler and the gas miser as needed" and save the cost of insuring a second vehicle.

"We could to a huge favour for both the economy and the environment," he said.

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New road fines will bankrupt the poor
Kelowna Capital News - September 23, 2010

To the editor:

We have new (speeding) ticketing and exorbitantly high fines in a province with the lowest minimum wage and some of the highest taxes in Canada.

I agree that some thing had to be done, but it seems this government has gone a bit too far, giving the RCMP the absolute power to adjudicate the fines and the punishment to go with it, to impound vehicles beyond seven days without a court order or hearing.

To deny a low income worker of his transportation could be detrimental to their income. Whereas a person above $100,000. or more, can acquire other transportation to get to their employment—no sweat off their brow.

The monetary amount imposed is totally discriminatory. The working person making $60,000 gross or less, if by chance gets one of these fines imposed on them, could be totally bankrupt.

On the other hand a person who has an income of $75,000 to $1 million or more gross, it is little more than pocket change for these fines. They hardly feel a thing, and it certainly would not bankrupt them.

I propose that there is a better and fairer way to make sure we are all treated the same. When it comes to the monetary amounts levied on us by the so-called justice system, with the technology today the B.C. government can access our income—taking the same percentage of our income from the wealthy as the poor, based on what was submitted in the taxes of the previous year. That would make the poor as well as the wealthy all think twice, and accountable monetarily—a level playing field for all.

Frank De Smet, Kelowna

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B.C. speed demons will have vehicles impounded
By Kim Pemberton, Postmedia News September 3, 2010

Drivers caught driving in excess of 40 km/h more than the posted limit will have their vehicles impounded for seven days for a first offence, and as long as 60 days for multiple offences, under changes to the Motor Vehicle Act that take effect Sept. 20.
Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist, Postmedia NewsB.C.'s worst speeders will have their vehicles impounded for at least a week as a result of changes to the Motor Vehicle Act that take effect Sept. 20.

Repeat offenders could lose their cars for as long as two months.

Drivers caught driving 40 kilometres an hour or more over the posted speed limit -- the legal definition of "excessive speeding" -- now have their cars impounded for 48 hours.

That's about to increase to seven days for a first offence, 30 days for a second offence, and 60 days for additional offences within two years.

Solicitor General Mike de Jong said excessive speeding leads to many fatal car crashes. "We want to save lives by going after the kind of driver who drives significantly and dangerously over the posted speed limit, and then get them off the road," de Jong said in a statement. "By doing so, we hope to make our streets and highways safer for everyone."

Police in B.C. issue about 10,000 tickets a year for excessive speeding.

Other penalties for excessive speeding will remain.

They include fines of $368 to $483, three penalty points on a driver's licence and a car insurance driver-risk premium of $320 a year for three years.

"What we know is that speed is the No. 1 contributing factor to fatalities in car accidents in the province," said Cpl. Jamie Chung of the RCMP's B.C. traffic services section.

"This really applies to the people speeding 100 [km/h] in a 50-kilometre zone -- say in front of a house -- and a child ran out in front," Chung said. "There's no chance the driver would be able to stop in time."

Chung said police will appreciate having an extra tool to deal with excessive speeding.

He said he once clocked a BMW driver going 160 km/h in a 100-km/h zone.

"Going 160 kilometres is unusual," he said. "On a highway, most people go 10 to 15 kilometres over the limit, but even one kilometre over is speeding.

"This legislation applies to those people who are doing excessive speeds, like going 145 in a 100 km/h zone. Most people are not comfortable going that fast, but it does happen."

The new impoundment rules also apply to street racing and to careless and reckless acts such as excessive tailgating, doing wheelies and turning doughnuts, the government said.

If a car caught for excessive speeding is being driven by someone other than the owner, it still will be impounded. The same thing goes for rented cars, but registered owners will be able to apply to the superintendent of motor vehicles for their vehicles' immediate return if they can show economic hardship.

Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

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July 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

3. Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

3.1 Update on grant application - School U-Pass Program (J. DombowskyRegional Programs Manager)

J. Dombowsky updated the committee on the grant application submitted to investigate the feasibility of a school U-Pass program. An application was made to the Eco-mobility program, a Federal government transportation Canada program,
for a grant in the amount of $150,000 to explore the concept of a universal bus pass for high-school students.

What was proposed was a similar U-Pass program which is currently used by university students attending UBC-O for high school students. It was noted that the challenge for such a program is the fee structure. In high school, there is no student fee so there was the difficulty of how to get around this. The application was to investigate the options.

Staff understood there were two rounds of funding-the first round was for $20mil and an additional second round for $2mil (our application was for the second round). In the meantime, there has been a change in the Minister and changes to programs and policies in the program. None of the applications in the second round were funded. The strategy today is to continue to look at provincial partners ie: possibly BC Transit. Staff are optimistic that alternate sources for funding may become available in the future for a pilot study on the issue. It was noted that the $150,000 was to be matched by local government.

Staff highlighted that the Province of BC would be required to make legislative changes in order for a high school program where fees would be required for a UPass program. There would have to be a guarantee that funds would be received
in order to support such a program.

#GS45/10 SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT a letter be forwarded to Ron Cannon, MP expressing concern that the Central Okanagan's application to the Federal government's Eco-mobility program to investigate the feasibility of a school U-Pass program was not approved and express dismay that the program and its policies were changed.

CARRIED

Staff updated the Committee on the latest announcement for a Provincial UPass program noting that the program has been mainly geared to the Lower Mainland where students pay up to $120 per semester for a U-Pass, and noted that locally university students at UBC-O pay $50 per semester. The program outside the Lower Mainland would have to be different due to the difference in funding and in service. It would not make sense for the Okanagan College to have a pass at the new rate. There is a commitment from BC Transit to go back to the Province about regional equity and costs in the system.

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Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
(Hansard)

1974 Legislative Session: 4th Session, 30th Parliament
HANSARD
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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1974

To refresh his memory I would bring to your attention, Mr. Chairman, a letter dated October 23, 1973, addressed to myself and signed by the chairman of the Westside Property Owners Committee:

"On September 5, 1973, a meeting was held at the Firtree Marina where some 200 property owners from the Westside Road attended to make the Minister of Highways, the Hon, Graham Lea, who was present, aware of the frustration they encounter in travelling this road, and their attempts to have improvements made. At the time, we were given two days notice of the Minister's visit."

(from page 1893)

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Not enough tickets issued: cops
Kelowna Capital News - By Jennifer Smith - August 24, 2010

Kelowna RCMP officers are not issuing enough tickets to stop drivers from speeding through local neighbourhoods, city council heard Monday.

Coun. Luke Stack said he has heard serious concern about drivers are laying too much rubber near local homes when council met with the neighbourhood associations en mass earlier this month and he shared the concern with RCMP Insp. Cam Forgues.

The cops have not been handing out enough tickets, Forgues admitted, noting even the figures for this summer show officers are not on top of the basic infractions when the busy summer season begins.

“It’s a constant battle we face every day,” he said, adding “unfortunately, in the last few years, we’ve been robbing the traffic section for other duties.”

During his monthly visits to council, Supt. Bill McKinnon has consistently complained that the local RCMP have had to steal resources from the traffic section of their detachment in order to meet demands in other areas—particularly during the busy summer season.

Funding to pay for additional police officers must come out of the city’s budget and, though he received an additional five officers this year, the McKinnon said he would need 21 more to meet demands this year. Council did not agree to his request.

Last December, McKinnon told council he is burning his officers out and they are stretched thin, according to a frightening statistical analysis that revealed Kelowna’s police resources are among the worst in the country.

A Statistics Canada study released that same month suggested this city has the lowest number of officers per capita of any city in Canada.

At the time, the superintendent disputed some of the figures in the study, but said it accurately depicted the state of affairs at his detachment.

Numbers from the local policing reports for last month indicate there is still a problem.

In June, Kelowna RCMP issued 855 tickets, but by July, with tourists flocking to the shores of Okanagan Lake, only 642 were issued.

Forgues said he is aware that McKinnon has actually taken the concerns to the officers, saying “I know you’re busy, but take the time to write a few tickets.”

jsmith "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Some councillors see red over going green
Kelowna Capital News - By Jennifer Smith - August 24, 2010

Solar hot water showers for Kelowna’s fire fighters and electric cars to boot about the streets had city councillors in a flap over meeting green targets in the Okanagan this week.

A request to install a $12,000 solar hot water system on the Enterprise Way fire hall generated tremendous debate Monday afternoon as councillors variously extolled the virtues of meeting provincial greenhouse gas emission targets and damned the plans for their perceived expense.

“If we keep growing like we do, we cannot meet those commitments” said Coun. Graeme James, who appeared to lead the rally to sink the solar hot water plan.

Kelowna has agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent at all city facilities by 2011 and by 33 per cent from 2007 levels by 2020 overall, but according to James those are now insurmountable goals.

James said he believes this city is only going to continue to be a popular place to live and that outfitting every city facility with green technologies like the solar hot water system would eventually bankrupt the municipality.

Not so, according to Angela Reid, however, who said the truly costly decision would be to ignore environmental warning signs and stick with the status quo.

“The idea that all future growth has to come at the expense of greenhouse gases isn’t necessarily true,” she said.

“Growth is inevitable but how we grow is the important thing.”

She suggested pay back could be swift for most greenhouse gas reducing technologies and helped turn the tide at the council table so the council would approve the hot water deal.

Electric cars, on the other hand, could be on the roads of other communities for some time before Kelowna approves the little get-a-bouts.

Though places like Oak Bay, Victoria and Penticton have approved the use of the small vehicles, Kelowna city councillors had serious concerns about their safety rating and the dependency of local residents on vehicles for travel.


They have ordered several more reports in the wake of Monday’s discussion.

jsmith "at" kelownacapnews.com

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City investigating low speed electric car
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 56504 - Aug 24, 2010

Low speed electric cars, those which travel between 30/kmh and 40/kmh may soon be allowed on some Kelowna streets.

The Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles (NZEV) are licensed by ICBC and have been allowed in several communities in the province including Vancouver, Penticton, Whistler, Port Coquitlam and many municipalities around Greater Victoria.

Kelowna Council debated the issue at length Monday before asking staff to report back on strategies to reduce car dependency in the city, bring back a map identifying roads that the low speed vehicles would and would not potentially be allowed to run and also to look into a zoning bylaw change requiring plug-ins in all new commercial, industrial and multi-family developments.

Council expressed serious concern about the safety of the vehicle, described by Councillor Andre Blanleil as a glorified golf cart, and the safety of the passengers.

"They are fiberglass, they have no airbags and very little steel in them. You don't have to hit too hard in these things to be killed," says Blanleil.

"I don't think we should be jeopardizing people's families because we feel this is the way to go. These are not made safe enough to put on the road and get into an accident."

A study by the Transportation Association of Canada which accompanied the report shows Kelowna is the most car dependent jurisdiction in Canada and has the third highest rate of injuries and fatalities per vehicle kilometre travelled in Canada.

Blanleil says the NZEV will also slow down traffic and further irritate local motorists.

"They will cause impatience and slow people down. I just think you are jeopardizing people's lives by even considering this.

He says full size electric cars are right around the corner and while they are expensive, Blanleil says like all electronics, they will drop in price if people are patient.

Council was told the vehicles would not be permitted on any roadway with a speed limit over 50/kmh, including the two highways and would also not be permitted to cross the highways in certain areas.

"We have preferred cycling routes that we recommend people use within our community, and we could have an NZEV route map in the community which says these are some roads we would suggest are perhaps better than others," says Councillor Angela Reid.

"These could link people within urban centres and even linking one urban centre with another. I know long term we want to get people out of their cars and not just replacing cars with electric vehicles but I think it is part of the transition we'll be making."

Councillor Robert Hobson suggested perhaps allowing vehicles within specific developments.

"I think of the new commercial centre in the Upper Mission that we just approved for example. You've got new village centre, you've got multi family owned houses, it's a fairly confined neighbourhood," says Hobson.

Council agreed it will wait for staff to report back before considering the next step which would be crafting a bylaw allowing vehicles on the road.

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This was a poll on Castanet.net we saw on August 27, 2010

Should Kelowna allow electric cars with a top speed of 40/kmh to drive on city streets with speed limits no more than 50/kmh?

Yes 569
No 1096
Total votes: 1665

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.pdf icon June 28, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

10. Other Business

Item 10.1 Director Items

c) Rural and Resource Roads

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

10. Other Business

Item 10.1 Director Items

c) Rural and Resource Roads

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

10. Other Business

Item 10.1 Director Items

c) Rural and Resource Roads (page 15)

Director Edgson noted that he recently attended the UBCM Electoral Area Directors Forum in Richmond where discussion occurred regarding rural roads. It was noted that a UBCM Task Force has been struck to work with the Province to identify and prioritize a list of forestry roads throughout the province for possible improvements for emergency purposes. The Regional District has submitted a letter to UBCM with input from member municipalities and electoral area directors.

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Green coloured bike lanes coming
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 56118 - Aug 4, 2010

Between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Wednesday, August 4, the City of Kelowna will be installing green coloured bike lanes at five intersections along Enterprise Way Spall Road, Hardy Street, Cooper Road, Dilworth Road, and Leckie Road.

This project is a trial run for City staff to determine the effectiveness of solid green bike lanes in improving cyclist safety.

“Coloured bike lanes have been found to increase motorists’ awareness of the presence of cyclists, resulting in fewer collisions,” says Transportation and Mobility Manager, Jerry Behl. “This initiative has been used in European cities for many years and has only recently been adopted by North American cities such as Vancouver, Portland, Richmond, and New York.”

The objective of the solid green bike lanes is threefold to emphasize proper lane placement and discourage motorists from encroaching into bike lanes, to encourage safe merging behaviour between cyclists and motorists, and to direct motorists to yield to through cyclists by installing “Turning Vehicles Yield to Cyclists” signs.

Weather permitting, this work is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Friday, August 13.

Two-way traffic will be maintained during line painting. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact on traffic, but motorists should be prepared for delays.

Cyclists are encouraged to use alternate cycling routes until after August 13. Visit i-go.ca for additional information.

To determine the project’s effectiveness, the City of Kelowna will conduct a user experience survey after one year of implementation. Review of the pavement and line paint colour will continue annually.

Material to be applied to the road surface is eco-friendly, highly durable and skid resistant.

The total cost of the project is approximately $26,000. The project is funded in part by ICBC City of Kelowna’s contribution is $15,000.

Visit kelowna.ca/transportation and find the ‘traffic operations’ link for more information on City of Kelowna traffic operation initiatives.

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2010PSSG0045-000887

July 28, 2010
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

CANADA'S TOUGHEST IMPAIRED DRIVING PENALTIES START SEPT. 20

VICTORIA – Police across the province will be out in force in September armed with the toughest laws and penalties in the country to get impaired drivers off B.C.’s roads faster and for longer periods of time, Solicitor General Michael de Jong, QC, announced today.

“Unfortunately, impaired driving is on the increase in this province and that's alarming because it means some people still aren't getting the message,” said de Jong. “The new penalties will be a wake-up call because when September comes, drinking drivers can lose their driver’s licence, have their vehicle impounded, and pay costs that range from $600 to $3,750.”

Drivers who provide a failing breath sample above 0.08 per cent blood-alcohol content (BAC) or refuse to provide a breath sample at the roadside will face an immediate, 90-day driving ban and a $500 fine. As well, they will have their vehicle impounded for 30 days. Criminal charges may also be laid.

“This summer, our officers are out on the streets, working strategically to identify and stop impaired drivers and, where appropriate, vigorously pursue criminal charges,” said Deputy Chief Constable Clayton Pecknold, president of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. “The new law will build on these efforts. In the long run, with tougher penalties and ongoing enforcement, we believe there will be fewer impaired drivers to catch and fewer devastating, completely preventable crashes for our police officers to attend.”

Drivers caught once in the “warn” range (between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent BAC) in a five-year period will face an immediate, three-day driving ban and a $200 fine; a second time, a seven-day ban and a $300 fine; and a third time, a 30-day ban and a $400 fine. Research shows a BAC in that range means a driver is seven times more likely to be in a fatal crash than if they have no alcohol in their body.

In addition, drivers who blow once in the “fail” range, or three times within five years in the “warn” range, will be required to participate in the rehabilitative Responsible Driver Program. They must also use an ignition interlock device, which tests a driver's breath for alcohol every time they operate their vehicle, for one year.

In recent years, B.C. has seen a rise in impaired driving offences, which went up 18 per cent from 2008 to 2009, according to information released last week by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. On average, alcohol-related crashes cause 115 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries in B.C. each year.

More information on B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties is at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/osmv/.

Media Contact:
Public Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
250 356-6961

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Bylaw aids in nabbing car thieves
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 55924 - Jul 25, 2010

On-car technology allowing bylaw officers to scan for parking violations has proved pivotal in catching criminals.

Last Saturday, City of Kelowna Bylaw Officers assisted the RCMP in apprehending two known suspects after the automatic license plate recognition device flagged a vehicle with stolen plates.

“It was an exciting development to a routine sweep,” says Bylaw Officer Larry Mushta.

“Just as the new system alerted us to the stolen plates, two men got into the vehicle. We then alerted the RCMP and were able to follow the suspects until officers pulled them over few blocks later.”

Both men were later charged for a variety of crimes, including possession of controlled substances, stolen property and weapons.

This isn't the first time plate recognition system, AutoVue, has aided the RCMP.

Since Bylaw Services implemented the technology in August 2009, the program has located 27 stolen cars in Kelowna, including last week’s case in which a man broke into a Summerland home, helped himself to a shower, a fresh change of clothes and then made off with the residents vehicle and dog.

“As these two examples demonstrate, our partnership with City Bylaw is very valuable and successful,” says Constable Steve Holmes, Media Liaison officer with the RCMP.

“It’s great that we can help the RCMP by being additional eyes and ears in our daily job,” adds Mushta.

AutoVue, made by Gentec Inc. of Quebec, can scan 3,000 licence plates an hour at speeds up to 125 km per hour and are used in municipalities throughout North America.

To find out more about the role bylaw officers play in our community, visit kelowna.ca/bylaw.

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This sign was posted up on north end (Vernon end) of Westside Road July 2010 on the side of the road just after you leave hwy 97.

Under order of the Okanagan Indian Band Westside Road is officially closed to all Forest Use Activities July 2010

Under order of the Okanagan Indian Band Westside Road is officially closed to all Forest Use Activities July 2010

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From the Armstrong Advertiser June 23, 2010

50 Years Ago, 1960

Rumours of a new highway being built from Kelowna on the west side of Okanagan Lake to tie in the Roger's Pass prompted a special meeting of Spallumcheen council to discuss routing a continuation of such a highway through the municipality.

50 years ago - Rumours of a new highway being built from Kelowna on the west side of Okanagan Lake
click to read larger print

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Beware of potholes because they are capable of causing accidents and death!

Woman killed in rollover caused by pothole
Kelowna.com - Monday, May 31st, 2010

A 35-year-old woman was killed in a vehicle rollover in western Manitoba.

According to RCMP, the woman was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier on Highway 355 near the community of Hamiota when she hit a pothole and lost control of the vehicle around 9 p.m. Sunday.

A police collision analyst investigated the crash and found it was linked to the car hitting the pothole.

The woman, from the Shoal Lake area, was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be freed by emergency workers. She was rushed to hospital in Hamiota but died of her injuries, RCMP said.

A 17-year-old passenger was also taken to hospital, suffering from undetermined non-life-threatening injuries. Police did not say whether the passenger was male or female.

The name of the woman who was killed has not been released.

Alcohol is not a factor in the crash, police said.

Hamiota is about 275 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

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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 link for entire contents

3.6. BC Transit strategic Planning Session held November 17,2009

Discussion:
.. It was noted that not one of the top five priorities of the Transit Plan dealt with greenhouse gas reductions. As this is a provincially mandated requirement for local governments discussion ensued as to why this is not a priority.

MOTION:
Whereas the average British Columbia community has 2.5% of its citizens using public transportation and that the current BC Transit objective is to double ridership to 5% and

Whereas the BC Transit Strategic Plan is being developed to the year 2030, and the Province has set the green house gas emission reduction targets to be reduced by 80% to the year 2050;

AND Whereas not one of the top five priorities of BC Transits draft strategic transit plan deals with greenhouse gas reductions,

THEREFORE, the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition recommends that the BC Transit Strategic Plan include in their strategic plan a higher objective than doubling ridership in order to reduce greenhouse gases;

AND FURTHER THAT BC Transit should consider green house gas reduction and improving air quality as part of their list of major priorities to address Provincial climate change and air quality
mandates.

AND FURTHER THAT this resolution be forwarded to the three Regional Districts Boards for support of the resolution prior to a letter being forwarded to BC Transit.

MOVED BY: Sharon Shepherd SECONDED BY: Buffy Baumbrough

CARRIED

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4.5. Anti-idling - Mayor Shepherd, Nicole Marzinzik

Staff provided information to guide the Coalition in a discussion on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from idling vehicles and provide recommendations to the participating Regional Districts.

Ideas:
• Educating and modeling should be the priority, target schools and corporations.
• Develop broad based campaigns (plans) working on behavioral changes using social marketing (resources may be available from Fraser Basin).
• Have sectors set up their own clear objectives on how to reduce emissions.
• Participating Regional Districts should lead by example regarding anti-idling awareness.
• Need to determine where the resources of the emissions are (traffic patterns, talking on cell phone, drive thrus) and who can look at this through their portfolios and promote the reduction of idling.
• Inquire if the Federal Government has funding and if they are providing anti-idling ambassadors again this year.

It was agreed that the Coalition should raise awareness and show leadership in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, before recommending an anti-idling Bylaw to their Regional Districts. The marketing could be done by one Regional District and then share the message throughout the valley. It was noted that it would be a challenge for the RDNO, as there is no
dedicated staff person for Air Quality.

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MOTION: SHEPHERD/EDGSON

WHEREAS the UBCM Climate Action Charter, requires each Municipality to become carbon neutral by 2012 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020 to meet the BC Climate targets,

THEREFORE the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition recommends to the three Regional District Boards that they receive the anti-idling discussion and the Cracking Down on Idling papers and request that they consider a social marketing program for anti-idling,

AND FURTHER THAT the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition request regional and municipal governments forward any anti-idling policies to the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition for their review.

CARRIED

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4.9. Highway Expansion
Chair Patton noted that expansion to a four-lane highway north of Osoyoos is occurring and businesses along the highway are going to be negatively impacted. It was felt that this will become the corridor for Highway 97.

MOTION: LITKE/SHEPHERD
That the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition recommend to the Regional Boards that a letter be sent to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure asking that they support public transportation as an economical and environmental alternative to Highway expansion.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes (Pg. 2)

4. Transportation

4.1 Harry Grossmith, United Way re: Transit Assistance Program Update

Harry Grossmith addressed the Committee reviewing the Transit Assistance Program whereby the Regional District provides transit tickets free of charge and United Way distributes them to participating agencies on a monthly basis.

• Usage in 2009 was at an average of 600 tickets per month.
• The program has increased in popularity and many agencies are requesting an increase in tickets.
• The tickets are used by those who otherwise would be unable to travel to medical or social appointments, job interviews, counseling appointments, etc.
• An increase in tickets is being requested. From September-Maya request of 800 tickets per month. From June-August a request for 600 tickets. This will address seasonal requirements of the agencies.

It was noted that during deliberations of the regional grant in aid program, the question was raised whether a monthly pass might be better used. Erica Robinson, United Way, addressed the issue noting that no-one has asked for a monthly pass from the United Way. Staff noted that monthly passes are not transferrable.

Staff addressed the issue of number of tickets noting that 600 per month have been given in the past. The request from the United Way was for 800 but the financial impact on the budgets is too great; it is suggested an average of 700 per month be allocated.

It was agreed that the United Way, and not staff, should continue to be responsible for distributing transit passes and that staff meet with the United Way to discuss the possibility of a monthly pass program and what the financial impact would be.

It was noted that the United Way believes the current system works well and as the monthly pass is not transferrable the question of how a program might work was raised. Staff noted that the Board Chair has the authority to issue monthly passes on as a 'special need basis' and this program does work well when it is required.

SHEPHERD/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board approve the United Way's request for an increase in the transit assistance program to 700 tickets per month for 2010;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to work with the United Way to determine the possible need for a monthly pass program, as well as putting the United Way in contact with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Central Okanagan to review their requirements for a monthly transit pass program.

CARRIED

4.2 Transit Pass Grace Period Policy

Staff report dated March 3, 2010 outlined the need for a transit pass grace period.

Currently BC Transit does not supply a yearly pass product. Transit users can only purchase a current month and coming month pass at any time. As transit passes are sold through independent retailers, and expanding or maintaining the network of retailers has been a challenge, riders often find access to retail sales less than convenient. Given this a transit grace period is being recommended.

Staff noted they continue to look into new technologies when fare card technology is introduced later this year and the possibility of freestanding pay kiosks. Staff is getting a demo machine to try in order to determine its effectiveness. It was noted that in the past, on the very first day of the month transit users were not allowed to use the bus. This new policy would allow an opportunity for some flexibility for transit users.

Lloyd Hooper, Union Transit president, addressed the committee noting that most drivers do allow a 24 hour grace period. The concern is that there must be consistency in the program and that this policy must clearly be communicated with transit operators so there is an understanding what the 'policy' is.

Mike Doherty addressed the Committee noting that the operator does support the increased grace period policy and will communicate it to their drivers. This will help lessen the impact of confrontation that occasionally occurs between drivers
and transit users.

In follow-up to previous discussions regarding the difficulty in identifying monthly passes due to color and small print, BC Transit has yet to change the pass and drivers still find it difficult to clearly identify what month the pass is.

ACTION: Staff were asked to once again address with BC Transit the continuing issue of identifying monthly passes.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board endorse a policy allowing transit drivers to extend a three (3) day grace period for the use of expired monthly bus passes at the beginning of each month.

AND FURTHER THAT the operator First Group ULC (formerly Far West) be directed to clearly communicate the policy to all its drivers.

CARRIED

4.3 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Workplan and Budget

Staff report dated March 3, 2010 outlined the Transportation Demand Management Workplan and budget for 2010. The report outlined the background of TDM as well as the initiatives which have taken placed since 1998 including bicycle network master plan, construction of transit stations, carpooling promotion, promotion to change people's attitudes and behaviors with regards to transportation (Environmental Mind Grind, Environmental Expo, Commuter Challenge, Clean Air Day), implementation of the Bus Rapid Transportation initiative, administers the process for bus stops, benches, and shelters throughout the region, parking management initiatives, etc.

It was noted the program is contracted to the City of Kelowna at an annual cost of $245,490.

Discussion:
TDM is a regional program: Peachland and Lake Country do not participate in the TDM program.

The program is contracted by the City of Kelowna: Three salaried positions plus overhead associated with the service. Two staff persons are 30% funded directly by the City of Kelowna. 22-23% funding level from West Kelowna. Approximately 33% of participants are from West Kelowna.

Do we have a date for the beginning of the Rapid Bus Transit? The expansion to full BRT is not known. Staff is waiting for BC Transit's interpretation of the provincial budget to determine what funding is available for 2010 and what the impact on service will be. However, staff believe it is clear the Province does recognize the BRT expansion. Staff assume we will get the expansion for September. BC Transit will report at the next Governance and Services Committee meeting.

Staff are working on the issue regarding the height of the new concrete bus stops and bus, It was noted that the double bus may no longer be used for the BRT but may use the Nova buses. BC Transit is looking at this issue. They have assured staff that the height is not an issue for the bus.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive the Transportation Demand Management 2010 Workplan and budget which details the programs and direction for the regional Transportation Demand function.

CARRIED

It was noted that at a recent valley Mayors meeting there was great interest for a valley transportation system service extension between Penticton and West Kelowna, The service between Vernon and UBC-O remains very popular.

4.4 BC Transit's Strategic Plan

BC Transit letter of February 16, 2010 provided an update of BC Transit's Corporate Strategic Plan and the series of regional workshops which took place around the province in 2009. A review of the Central Okanagan's workshop was provided. Based on feedback BC Transit is further revising the draft corporate strategic plan for an expected release in the Spring of 2010.

BAKER/SHEPHERD
THAT the update on BC Transit's Corporate Strategic Plan be received and referred to the April Governance and Services Committee meeting,

CARRIED
It was noted that BC Transit recently held open houses in the community and concern was expressed that they were not well advertised, not communicated to elected officials and/or staff, and in one instance, at Orchard Park, there was noone in attendance, and it was not particularly clear what the open houses were for.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT a letter be forwarded to BC Transit regarding the recently advertised open houses expressing concern regarding the lack of communication with local staff and elected officials on open house times, the reason for the consultation, communicating the cancellation and/or rebooking of times.

CARRIED

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August 13, 2009 - Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Transit priority signals will operate within the City of Kelowna and in the longer term may be expanded to the Westside.

The traffic control centre would be built at the Kelowna main fire hall (where the Emergency Operation Centre operates from in emergency situations).

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.pdf icon Vernon's Agenda April 2008 page 78

Staff Responses:

The Westside of Okanagan Lake concept is not considered economically viable by the MOT and is not considered a realistic alternative in the review of long term transportation options. Refer to the attached MOT correspondence on this matter (J.R. email dated Sept. 1/07 and Apr. 15/08).

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Mayor calls for left turn signals
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - January 22, 2010

Time has come to review the absence of left-turn signals on Highway 97 through the Westside, says West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater.

The mayor said while council has taken no official position on the matter yet, it is his personal opinion that additional signals are long overdue, particularly at a few key intersections, like Ross Road, Daimler Drive and Hudson/Westlake Road.

“The speeds on the highway are high, the gaps are few to make those turns and we see some dandy crashes because of it.”

Currently there are left hand turn signals off Highway 97 at Westside Road, Boucherie Road, Butt Road and Gellatly Road.

However, Findlater said he’d like the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to consider adding left turn signals at the intersections of Hudson Road, Ross Road and Daimler Drive.

The mayor said he raised the issue last weekend at a valley transportation meeting that involved transportation ministry staff, Okanagan MLAs, other mayors from throughout the region, chambers of commerce representatives and municipal staff.

Other issues that were raised at the meeting were a highland Highway 97 bypass of Peachland from the Okanagan Connector to an area around Antler’s Beach, the elimination of the Highway 97 couplet through Westbank and a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

The ministry made few comments on any of the future projects although Findlater said officials made note of the request to eliminate the couplet.

Some members of council have mused about turning the southbound one-way section on Highway 97, also known as Main Street, into a two-way local road. Dobbin Road, or the northbound one-way stretch could be turned into a four-lane or six-lane, two-way segment of the highway.

Mayor Keith Fielding said that transportation officials were familiar with the Peachland bypass proposal, but would not indicate whether or not it was a high priority nor would they provide a timeline on any work plans.

Ministry officials were not interested in entertaining any discussion on a second crossing, said Findlater.

It’s a position officials within the ministry have maintained since the opening of the Bennett Bridge in May 2008, noting that a second crossing is outside their 20 to 25 year planning horizon.

jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com

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2006 Westside Road Study - Regional District of Central Okanagan - Board Agenda October 30, 2006 You need Adobe Reader for this link to work for you.

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Vernon Blog Spot on Westside Road being used as Vernon's bypass.

The last time we looked the poll suggested Westside Road as the corridor.

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Get Involved, Demand a Bypass Now!

http://www.westernbypassnow.com/

Check out our webpage regarding the bypass - more links

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.pdf icon About Road upgrades, road base, potholes, etc.

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Regarding Westside Road along Okanagan Lake BC.  I only saw one bulletin posted at Muir Subdivision about this meeting I attended on April 20, 2006 at 3:00 PM that The WRIC (Westside Road Improvement Committee) had with the Ministry of Transportation and our MLA Rick Thorpe held at La Casa.  The bulletin said that all residents were invited.  I don’t think many people saw that bulletin. At the meeting I heard our MLA Rick Thorpe say that we need to stick together as one whole community on this issue.  It is when communities don’t stick together that governments tend not to listen.  I also heard our MLA say that we need to spend little bits of money at a time on Westside Road, as funding becomes available.” They want to re-align and take out corners along Westside Road from Fintry to Kelowna and have earmarked work along Westside Road as priority one, and two, with sub-priorities 1, 2, 3, and up to 16 sub-priorities.   There are 9 sub-priorities in Priority One, and 7 sub-priorities in Priority Two.  That little stretch of road between Fintry and La Casa that is so narrow is their last priority.  Apparently they would have to pay big dollars to expropriate land from Muir Subdivision and across Westside Road from there in order to widen that stretch.  This would be one of the most expensive projects I think I heard them say besides what they called the corner of doom, and I am not sure where that corner is probably because I got there 10 minutes late.  Their goal is to nibble away at Westside Road as funding becomes available.  I feel we need to save up for more costly projects like constructing intermittent passing lanes.  Taking out corners will not take out frustration getting stuck behind a slower vehicle.  Corners don’t bother me, but slow vehicles do.  Once the road is straightened, there is nothing to keep someone’s speed down.  If you noticed that stretch of road from Spallumcheen by Tolko Mill (Actually Larkin Cross Road) through Swan Lake into Vernon is much like a freeway which it wasn’t back in 1979 when I first moved to the Okanagan.  People drive faster through there now that there are more lanes and less corners.  There are too many side roads off Westside Road for it to ever be a freeway through our subdivisions and lakefront properties, but we do need improvements which I heard the Ministry did say that the road out here was terrible.  I would like to see some shoulders put in where there are no shoulders because people make mistakes, and people break down, or widen the pavement into the gravel shoulder a bit on the last priority between Fintry and La Casa because the pavement is breaking away at the edge from people driving on it.

The WRIC is trying to get the Ministry to spend money on straightened out corners on Westside Road.  It will cost lots of money sitting in road construction to straighten Westside Road between Fintry and Kelowna.  I heard Lake Okanagan Resort express concern about their customers.  It is close to last years road closures and I feel maybe the Resort can’t take a couple years in a row of bad business.  There are many corners, too many to take out.  I feel we need extra intermittent passing lanes, and not just the places to pass on a two lane that we have now.  We need an intermittent three lane, instead of straightening all these corners.  Some place that will cost effective to make an extra lane.  There are too many corners and it will cost lots to straighten all those corners.  The Ministry and WRIC are going to put up signs at the locations where they want the road re-alignments made.  Residents will have a chance to have their say on these areas of concern.  To do this

or write to the Ministry of Transportation Grant Lachmuth District Manager of Transportation Okanagan-Shuswap District #300 1358 St Paul Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y-2E1 or email

There are power poles that have to be moved on many of the corners they are planning to take out.  In Ontario they install flashing orange lights on bad corners, maybe they should do that here, and just turn them on in the fog and at night, and place more noticeable signs for bad corners.  Right now all the bad corner signs look the same to me as the not so bad corner signs.  Plus we need to only allow directional signs placed alongside the roadways because other signs unnecessarily distract people from their driving. If they took out the corner, it would cost hydro to move the poles, and someone has to pay for that, besides the cost of the road work, and maybe the cost to expropriate land as well.  Maybe the Ministry could choose intermittent places for passing lanes where we don’t need to expropriate land instead and where not a lot of work has to be done or a lot of money spent.

There was a bulletin posted on the bulletin board back in Dec 2005 telling everyone that if they regularly use Westside Road through the OKIB reserve, that they would need a permit from the OKIB.  The permit is free for residents, but the permit is $100.00 for commercial users.  I imagine it will be some time down the road that the OKIB will start trying to charge residents for their “Road Use Permit” as well as charge our Provincial Government, but I don’t know.  Just a few years ago there was a road block out here and there could be more in the future, especially with all the land claims issues going on right now.  There is probably another Oka (Quebec) happening in Caledonia Ontario right now.  There are natives with masks on their faces claiming their land.

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The Province has been using roads running through our reserves without proper authority and without proper compensation for far too long.

.pdf icon http://www.okib.ca/senklip/march_2005.pdf

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Prior to the expiry of the past Council term, several Band Council members reported that they had been questioned about rumors that the Council has transferred the rights to Westside Road to the Province. Those rumors are simply untrue. There has been no deal related to ownership of Westside Road or any other road running through or by the Okanagan Reserves.

.pdf icon http://www.okib.ca/senklip/march_2005.pdf

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I feel it would be more appropriate to spend money on a freeway up top and away from Okanagan Lake and around the OKIB territory and keep the character of the Westside Road area as well as to protect us from paying the OKIB some enormous amount of money in the future to cross their land.  There could be other roads coming down to Westside Road from the freeway up top.  We could use Westside Road to go to the store and to neighbouring subdivisions and parks.  Westside Road would be much safer with passing lanes rather than taking out corners.

I feel if they are going to spend money on Westside Road they need to repair what we have, and install passing lanes instead.  There are hardly any places to pass.  I myself almost got in a head on when I tried to pass a big Motorhome who was driving over the yellow line in front of me, as I was trying to see if something was coming.  We need intermittent places to pass.  Keeping Westside Road as is, will help keep peoples speed down.  You know how people want to get home from work.  The more you straighten the road, the faster the speed and the more conflicting it will be with the people who drive slower.  People will be tailgated with no passing lanes, etc.  Some people drive faster than others.  There are gawkers, people who haul water, cement trucks, motorhome rentals, people who just got off work and are in a hurry, people vacationing and in no hurry, people who know the road, people who don’t know the road, people scared of corners and hills, people hauling wood, people who want to enjoy the scenery a little more as they drive, etc.  In order for less conflict to occur, we need to let everyone drive to their own abilities, and drive according to their own type of vehicle depending on what they are doing or hauling.  Maybe they are hauling wood, or they are a big cement truck.  We need passing lanes or someone is going to have a head-on when they are trying to pass.  We all know some people are more impatient than others.  Some days we are more impatient than on other days, depending on how our day is going.  We can’t change people but we can change the road.  Nobody can tell anyone what to do.  Speeders get a ticket and continue speeding depending on if they can afford it or not.

In Smithers BC they installed $30,000.00 worth of animal reflectors alongside the road and cut down on 80% of the moose being hit by vehicles.  $30,000.00 is the price of one car these days.  There were many moose in that area and injury claims can be for life and cost a lot more.  Our insurance rates just went up in March of 2006 by I heard about $38.00 per year for the average driver because injury claims went up 15%.

You need to let the Ministry or WRIC know if you would like to spend little bits at a time, as funding becomes available to have Westside Road straightened, or maybe you would like to save up the little bits of funding and have more costly passing lanes or road built around the OKIB reserve for fire exit reasons as well.  I feel if we spend all the little bits now, there will be no big bit to spend on more costly projects like the installation of intermittent passing lanes, or a freeway up top.  Plus I myself don’t want to see Westside Road itself eventually become a freeway.

Thank You,
The lady who took the transfer station petition around to Valley of the Sun, Fintry, Muir, and Shalal Road subdivisions.  Call weekdays between noon and 1 PM or after 6 PM, or anytime on Sat and Sun 250-306-1661.

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Could it be possible we’re being ripped off twice at the pumps?
Kelowna Capital News - Letters - Published: October 07, 2008

To the editor:

Not long ago, a CTV consumer’s report told of gas prices and gas pump inaccuracy. They measured the fuel being delivered by the gas pump at several service stations and found some that were delivering a lot less fuel than what was being registered on the pump.

With the gas companies charging us higher prices per litre for fuel we can only hope the pumps are delivering accurate amounts of fuel.

Otherwise we are getting beat up twice.

Yesterday, I fueled up at a station at Highway 97 and Spall and observed their pumps have not been calibrated since “August 2003,” according to the sticker on each pump. This does not mean the pumps are inaccurate in delivering fuels, but it does make you wonder how accurate can they be after more than five years.

How often do gas pumps get calibrated? Surely every five or six years isn’t often enough.

Maybe an investigative reporter could check the other fuel stations in the Kelowna area, see when their pumps were last calibrated. I think this would provide an excellent story which may also pressure the gas companies to service and calibrate their gas pumps more often.

The only exceptions should be the newer stations which recently opened and should have had pumps calibrated before they opened for business.

David W. Kuhn,
West Kelowna

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Westside given highway status
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Published: July 11, 2008

RCMP will continue to enforce traffic laws on Westside Road.

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled June 30 that Westside Road is a legal highway, meaning that the police have the authority to issue traffic tickets.

“It is a highway as defined under legislation,” said Gord Molendyk, spokesman for the RCMP.

The court case related to an incident in 2006 in which the police had issued a $138 ticket to Okanagan Indian Band member Raymond Bonneau for speeding.

Bonneau challenged the ticket and a judge at the time acquitted Bonneau, saying that the Crown had failed to prove the road was highway as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act.

The government decided to appeal that decision, leading to the June 30 decision by Justice Powers.

“The question is whether or not the road was used by the general public for the passage of vehicles,” states Powers.

“It is clear on the evidence of Mr. Bonneau and Constable Orb that it was. Therefore, the (previous) judge’s conclusion that the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was a public highway did amount to an error of mixed fact and law.”

Bonneau, who represented himself in court, had pointed to a permit system the band has in place primarily for commercial vehicles using the road.

“There is no enforcement of this system, but it simply operates on an honour basis,” said Powers.

Powers goes on to say that, “the road passes through the Okanagan Indian Reserve and there are no impediments to any individuals travelling on that road.

“There are no individuals barred from using that road. The evidence is that motor vehicles access the road from non-reserve land.”

The judge has ordered that the original fine stands.

Bonneau is not pleased with the court ruling.

“It’s not done yet. I have to find out if I can appeal the decision,” he told The Morning Star.

Bonneau continues to insists that Westside Road is not public property.

“We’ve not given the rights up to that road. The band has never opened up an invitation to that road,” he said.

Bonneau also questions whether provincial laws can apply to lands under federal jurisdiction.

Despite legal questions since 2006, Molendyk says the police have continued to be responsible for the road.

“They have still been doing enforcement on the road but that would have been made difficult if the (court) decision had held,” he said.

The Okanagan Indian Band could not be reached for comment.

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.pdf icon November 29, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

4.2 OMMA Resolution re: Tax-exempt Transit Benefits (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

#476/04 SHEPHERD/DINWOODIE
WHEREAS, the use of a public transit system promotes economic benefits, assists in reducing harmful air emissions and contributes to the reduction in the use of fossil fuels;

AND WHEREAS, if users of a public transit system were provided an opportunity to claim their user costs as tax-exempt benefit, there would be increased use of public transit systems;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan recommends the Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association encourage and support the Union of BC Municipalities to pursue the issue of tax-exempt transit benefits with both
the Provincial and Federal Governments.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 15, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

10. OTHER BUSINESS

10.1 Director Items

a) Tax-Exempt Transit Benefits for Canadian Workers Director Shepherd requested that a resolution be drafted for the 2005 Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association (OMMA) Conference on tax exempt transit benefits for Canadian workers.

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.pdf icon November 1, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

c) Tax-Exempt Transit Benefits for Canadian Workers

Many Canadian car commuters receive free or subsidized parking at their workplace without being taxed on this employment benefit. On the other hand, very few employees receive transit benefits and those who do are required to pay income tax on them. This unfair tax practice results in a strong incentive to drive and a strong disincentive to use transit and ultimately contributes to the destruction of our environment.

#443/04 SHEPHERD/HARRIMAN
THAT a letter be sent to the Prime Minister Martin to lobby for tax-exempt transit benefits for Canadian workers.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 9, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes –  (Pg. 12)

10.2 Director Items

a) Westside Traffic Concerns

It was noted that the way the Westside Road traffic signal is set, traffic on Hwy 97 is stopped when there is only one vehicle on Westside Road turning onto the highway thereby backing up traffic on the highway.

#340/04 DINWOODIE/CANNAN
THAT the Chair write a letter to the Ministry of Transportation to request the Westside Road intersection signal be extended so not to delay traffic on Highway 97

AND FURTHER THAT the Ministry be requested to begin discussions on the Westside interchange for bridge proposal.

CARRIED

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Ministry of Transportation Okanagan-Shuswap Boundary Map

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At numerous locations including north of Shalal Road, Westside Road is a Section 4 road (i.e.: an undedicated road). Public access is permitted along the travel portion, however there is no legal right of way for road widening or utilities.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/fintry/fintry.pdf

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Residents of Fintry Delta are concerned about increased traffic volumes, and note a particular problem of congestion at the intersection with Westside Road. It may be possible to relocate the intersection to the south, to align with Dunwaters Road to the west. This would eliminate one intersection and improve sight distance.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/fintry/fintry.pdf

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In one or more locations south of Shorts Creek, Westside Road may not be situated within its surveyed right of way.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/fintry/fintry.pdf

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Encourage Ministry of Transportation and Highways to construct pull outs and safety barriers along Westside Road, and to install barriers on Fintry Delta Road.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/fintry/fintry.pdf

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Insurance rates are about to go up 6 1/2% March 15, 2006, due to an increase in injury claims going up 15%.  Basic Insurance premiums will increase by $38.00 for the average customer.

In 2003 there were 2778 fatalities compared to 222,260 injuries.

The economic and social consequences of road crashes are profound - estimated to be $25 billion a year.  This figure includes not only the direct and indirect costs but the estimated costs of pain and suffering.

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Central Okanagan Travel Survey Results

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TYRE-GRIP - from a spray can just spray it on your tires to get yourself unstuck, as seen on CHBC news.  Get 300% better traction without the hassle of chains.  Good for 80 km's.

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Did you know?
Gasoline taxes vary considerably by province.
See a chart of fuel taxes across Canada.  We pay more fuel taxes than Alberta, but Alberta has nicer roads. Saskatchewan pays more fuel tax than we do and they have poor roads.

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In 2005 in British Columbia, 459 people were killed* and 78,000 people** were injured in motor vehicle crashes on our roads.

On a typical day:

There were 695 motor vehicles crashes
57 vehicles were stolen
87 vehicles were broken into
74 vehicles were vandalized
215 people were injured in crashes — including four cyclists and six pedestrians.
At least one person died.
This means that there was one car crash approximately every two minutes and someone was injured almost every seven minutes

*Police (TAS) Traffic Accident System Data (2005 Fatality Count is not fixed. Fatality data continues to settle over time.)
**ICBC Data

source http://www.icbc.com/road_safety/default.asp

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If you have comments good or bad, solutions, concerns or complaints regarding the re-alignment of Westside Road please

or write the Ministry of Transportation (District Manager Transportation Okanagan Shuswap District) #300-1358 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y-2E1

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