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If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull off to the side of the road.

"A nation of sheep soon begets a government of wolves."
Edward R. Murrow

If you want to complain about Road Maintenance call:

Area 13 - Okanagan-Shuswap (Salmon Arm - Vernon) (Westside Road North)
JPW Road and Bridge Inc.
1-877-546-3799

Area 8 - South Okanagan (Penticton - Kelowna) (Westside Road South)
Argo Road Maintenance (South Okanagan) Inc
1-800-663-7623

We also noticed a place you can make a complaint about Provincial Highway Maintenance here at Drive BC

Still no plow at Valley of the Sun at 3pm January 18, 2015, so we called because our friend couldn't make it up Firwood Road

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Westside Road Closures 2016

Westside Road Construction Update
While construction work continues weekdays 7am-5pm through the summer, there will not be any planned closures of the road for blasting until after Labour Day weekend. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says that will resume September 7th, 2016. Check Drive BC for the latest info

Jan - Feb 2016 Westside Road Improvement - 4-Mile Creek to Waterfront Farm
click for a larger copy

http://www.drivebc.ca/

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/index.html

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Sign at the north end of Westside Road 2015

Westside Road closures Feb 24 - Sept 30 2015

Westside Road is still under construction winter 2016 - 2017 and the closures on the sign are still in effect.

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Are you happy with the snow removal in your neighbourhood?

Total Votes: 1921
Yes, they're doing a good job 12.13%
No, not good enough 39.72%
Best that can be expected under the circumstances 48.15%

Source:  Castanet.net poll Jan 7, 2015 (poll was not closed yet when we seen it)

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How did the snowstorm of the past 24 hours affect you on Monday?

Total Votes: 1833
I stayed home: 1014
I was late for work: 184
I made it on time: 253
I was late for school: 11
No affect at all: 371

Source:  Castanet.net poll Jan 5, 2015

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Have your say on the second Okanagan Lake bridge crossing

Those who favoured an additional bridge tended to favour a location to the north of the existing W.R. Bennett Bridge. View the complete Public Engagement Report.

The opportunity to provide feedback is ongoing, and the input received will continue to be considered in identifying solutions that will actually address future needs.

Source: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/okanagansecondcrossing/whatweveheard/

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June 8, 2017 Single Lane Alternating traffic at Bear Creek

flood watch 5 km north of Junction with Highway 97 South. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. for flood watch Updated on Thu Jun 8 at 6:02 pm PDT. (ID# 249469)

Source: http://www.drivebc.com/mobile/pub/events/WestsideRoad.html

On May 28, 2017 Okanagan Lake was close to overflow on Westside Road at Bear Creek.  Imagine this is the trouble spot mentioned on Drive BC


you can see sandbags alongside Westside Road at Bear Creek

 

CORD Emergency Flood Map

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June 8, 2017 Road Crew was GPSing Westside Road between LaCasa and Upper Fintry

for future construction trying to find exactly where Westside Road is suppose to be.


Upper Fintry Turnoff


LaCasa

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Cops hand out distracted driving tickets
by Kelowna Capital News - Feb 22, 2017

Mounties handed out Violation Tickets to almost 100 motorists Feb. 16, while working in the Lake Country area.

They were looking for speeding and for distracted driving, and there was no shortage of examples. In seven hours, at two different locations and 45 speeding tickets were handed out for those going in excess of 25 km/hr more than the posted speed limit.

Fifty motorists were given tickets for Distracted Driving offenses, which carry a fine of $368 and four demerit points. Additionally, one motorist was given an Immediate Roadside Prohibition for Alcohol.

"It is astonishing to see that, despite the public outcry and resulting increase in fines and points, so many motorists are still driving while distracted by Electronic Devices," said Const. Steve Holmes of the Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services.

March is Distracted Driving month in B.C. and the RCMP are asking motorists to be cognizant of the fact that distracted driving is a leading cause of Motor Vehicle fatalities in British Columbia, according to ICBC.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/414542003.html

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Cyclist collides with bus
Castanet.net - Nicholas Johansen - Nov 4, 2016 - Story: 180037

An 82-year-old woman sustained "moderate to serious injuries" Thursday afternoon when she collided with a BC Transit bus while riding her bike in the roundabout at Westside Road and Sneena Road.

The woman was riding her bike parallel with the bus in the roundabout at 4 p.m. when she bumped into the side of it, causing her to fall.

She was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

ORIGINAL: Nov. 3

A person was struck in the roundabout at Westside Road and Sneena Road Thursday afternoon.

The RCMP, ambulance and fire department arrived at the scene just after 4 p.m.

A transit bus and a sedan were stopped at the roundabout and an officer could be seen carrying a bicycle.

The condition of the struck person is unknown at this time.

Source:  http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/180037/Cyclist-collides-with-bus

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Highway Bypass Not In Plan
1075kiss.com - 10/14/2016 - by Pete McIntyre

Bob Spiers, Vernon city councillor
A Vernon councillor isn't giving up on his demands to have a highway bypass in the long term vision for the city.

Bob Spiers voted against official community plan changes at council's meeting Tuesday, upset the highway doesn't get mentioned in the master transportation plan.

He hopes residents agree with him when a public hearing is held on the OCP later this year.

"Hopefully enough people will come out, and maybe we can convince the powers that be and the rest of council, to put in a bypass (into the plan)."

Spiers says the city's advisory planning committee agrees a bypass should be in the plan.

"We both thought we should have better bypass language. We should at least put a bypass route in there," adds Spiers.

Councillor Scott Anderson also voted against the OCP changes concerned about the parks plan making part of Marshall Field on-leash only for dogs.

"It is a difficult decision, but it's one that I stand on because I feel very strongly that I am representing a great number of people who use that consistently as a dog run, and I'm speaking for them," Anderson told Kiss FM.

Councillor Catherine Lord also had concerns about the master parks plan outlining the Civic Arena site to become a park, which she feels has not been decided, and the building may be kept in tact for future uses.

"We were talking about getting public consultation on this issue," said Lord
Councillor Juliette Cunningham pointed out the master plans can be changed over time, adding it's basically a blueprint, and doesn't force council to do anything specific.

Source: http://www.1075kiss.com/top-news-stories/2016/10/14/highway-bypass-not-in-plan

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.pdf icon July 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon This was a Director item so there is no Agenda about it

*Note* click links above for entire content

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.pdf icon July 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of RDCO Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be August 22nd.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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.pdf icon July 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be September 8th.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 5.1 UBCM - 2015 Resolutions Endorsed by the UBCM at Convention - Province's Response to Resolution

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.pdf icon July 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 UBCM - 2015 Resolutions Endorsed by the UBCM at Convention
Province of BC's Response to Resolution (All Directors - Unweighted Corporate Vote - Simple Majority - LGA 208.1)
Union of BC Municipalities letter of June 15, 2016 outlined the response from the Province of BC to the 2015 resolution regarding highway speeds that was endorsed at the 2015 UBCM Convention.
OPHUS/GRAY
THAT the June 15, 2016 letter from the Union of BC Municipalities regarding the Province's response to the 2015 resolution regarding highway speeds put forward by the Board and endorsed by the UBCM membership at Convention be received for
information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. DELEGATION
5.1 Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan Project Overview Mathew Boyd, Regional Planning, and Rob Williams, BC Transit BC Transit provided an overview of their Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan project including:
• 2016 service changes
o April 24 and June 26 seasonal reductions
o Sept 4 service reinstatement
o No expansions or reductions overall
• Future Action Plan
o Healthy growth in ridership over the last year
o Since 2014 static route level was implemented
o Ellison area two trips per day
o It's now time to refresh the plan in the next year or so. Five year cycle to review and update the Plan.
o Stakeholder and public engagement will occur when reviewing the Plan. Completed customer survey earlier this month.
o Ellison Transit Service - review completed in 2015. Service provided by #23 (Lake Country route). Low service level. Five
options have been developed as part of the consultation. Discussion ongoing over the coming year.
o Plan completion early 2017 following further consultation.
• Additional Project Updates
o Province has announced there is further funding available over the next three years.
o BC Transit working with local partners on expansion priorities and estimated costs.
o UBCO Transit Exchange - highest trip generator. Capital funding options currently being developed.
o Kelowna Transit Centre garage improvements needed to extend its life.
• Next steps
o Continue collecting information
o Working on Sept. 2016 schedule
Discussion:
Lake Country and Ellison area both looking for increased HandiDart service
o HandiDart service was discontinued years ago in Ellison. There are only
a few service areas that were grandfathered.
o Resources will be required to reinvest in this service.
Cost sharing between local government and the Province:
• Conventional: Local government funds 53%; 47% province
• Custom transit: Local government funds 67%; 33% province
Ellison service - will need to determine how much the Ellison taxpayers want to pay for the service and how it will be funded. The specific area that receives the service pays for the service.
- John Hindle service - working with Kelowna staff to determine the service to UBC-O
- Good transit planning comes from good land use planning.
Has there ever been discussion on transit to Westside Road? No. Transit service is not cheap - resources need to be put in the right places. This area would not be cost effective.
- Customer survey results will be posted online. New proposals would go through the election officials at each municipality (working through their staff).
SINGH/HODGE
THAT the BC Transit presentation on the Central Okanagan Transit Future Action Plan be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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

Emergency Program Act Response

The Regional Board has approved submitting a response to the Provincial Government as part of the public consultation on the Emergency Management BC Discussion Paper. Regional Emergency Program staff have reviewed the document and provided comments regarding possible changes to modernize and clarify responsibilities in the Emergency Program Act.

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about item 5.2 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Approval of funding for Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements

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

.pdf icon item 5.2 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Approval of funding for Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements

.pdf icon item 7.1 Rise & Report from Governance & Services Meeting - April 14, 2016 Emergency Program Act Consultation (don't see any agenda for this)

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5.2 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Approval of funding for Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - 208(1)]
SIEBEN/FINDLATER
THAT the March 30, 2016 letter from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure confirming approval of $200,000 in funding for the Bellevue Creek Intake and Dike Improvements be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 10, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about item 5.2 Letter Minister Stone - Expansion of Transit Services

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.pdf icon March 10, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon item 5.2 Letter Minister Stone - Expansion of Transit Services

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5.
CORRESPONDENCE
5.2 Letter Minister Stone - Expansion of Transit Services (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 802.1) 11 - 12
Recommended Motion:
THAT the letter dated February 22, 2016 from Minister Stone regarding expansion of transit services be received for information.

Re: Expansion of Transit Services

I am writing to update you on the actions that this government has taken in Budget 2016 to enhance transit services across British Columbia by $12.7 million over the next three years. These investments ensure that B.C. continues to lead the nation in its level of funding support for transit services and contribute to our goals of increased mobility within and between communities, as well as contributing to the province's greenhouse gas reduction targets. Over 50 million trips were made on BC Transit buses last year, and we expect that number to continue to rise as we work together to improve and expand services across the province.

Last October, we made amendments to the British Columbia Transit Act that ensured that the base funding provided in Budget 2015 could be used most efficiently, allowing BC Transit and its partner communities to capitalize on low fuel prices and reinvest these savings in transit services in their communities.

In December, it was my pleasure to announce the five point action plan to improve safety and mobility along Highway 16. As part of this action plan, we will be investing $1.6 million over the next two years to improve inter-community services along this key northern corridor. We are working closely with First Nations and local government leaders along Highway 16 to implement these vital services and hope to have buses on the road as soon as possible.

As well, over the next three years, the Province will be investing an additional $11.1 million to not only maintain transit and HandyDART services in BC Transit communities, but to increase them. Communities that have made requests to BC Transit in the past for expanded services should be hearing from their local transit planners in the near future to discuss their past requests.

Increasing funding is only one side of the equation, however. The Ministry of Finance will soon be releasing their Crown Agency Review of BC Transit. As I have mentioned in previous letters, my expectation is that this review will contribute to a dialogue amongst the partners in each community through the identification of revenue opportunities as well as efficiencies, ensuring each transit community reflects best practices. This review will position the Province, local governments and contracted service providers to play their part in managing costs and optimizing revenues as local service priorities are considered.

I look forward to working with BC Transit and all its partner communities as we continue to invest, innovate, and work together to deliver the world-class transit services that British Columbians have come to expect from us.

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5.2 Letter Minister Stone - Expansion of Transit Services (All Directors Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
FORTIN/BASRAN
THAT the letter dated February 22,2016 from Minister Stone regarding expansion of transit services be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

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Bypass blues
Vernon Morning Star - Mar 23, 2016

With regards to a bypass around Vernon, think for a minute.

A bypass is exactly that and one only has to look at how Kelowna has grown without one and Penticton has stagnated since their bypass was built.

I am also told by long-time residents that when a developer proposed building in the area where the bypass is proposed a few years ago, the developer's own ecological report recommended against the development as the area is one of the few open grasslands remaining.

I am also told that after viewing the plan for a bypass when it was first proposed, a retired engineer burst out laughing as he said in order to build a highway to provincial standards, rock cuts would have to be so deep that the proposal was totally a no-brainer.

Also, if I recall right, one new member of city council, who originally voted to keep this long-term proposal alive, said she would be changing her mind at the next vote as it was not reasonable to tie up development of land along the proposed route and in fact, it may make the city liable if it does so.

Finally, given the extremely poor state of the roads and sewer system and the cost of such a basic as water in Vernon, it would be political suicide to even seriously consider such frivolous projects when the basics need attending to.

As just one example, I went over a pothole on the upper part of Alexis Park Drive, which came within a hair of removing all of the enamel off my teeth.

And you want to spend taxpayers money on bypassing the city? Really?

Give your head a shake.

Brian Sutch
Vernon

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/letters/373066591.html

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Gas Tax funds to be applied to regional transportation plan
Kelowna Capital News - Feb 12, 2016

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is receiving $600,000 from the Federal Gas Tax strategic priorities fund to create a Regional Strategic Transportation Plan, which will be a key component of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan.

It’s envisioned that the Regional Strategic Transportation Plan, which is an initiative on behalf of all local governments in the Central Okanagan, will tie together various elements of transportation planning from across the region. In essence, it will become a blueprint outlining the goals and objectives for achieving the ideal regional transportation outcome for the Central Okanagan.

“This federal Gas Tax funding is incredible news for our region. It’ll go a long way in helping to improve our transportation system by identifying transportation needs, making our region more sustainable," said Regional Board Chair Gail Given. "This will help enhance the quality of life for all citizens in the Central Okanagan by better connecting our communities and will make it easier for residents to move from one part of the region to another.”

It’s anticipated this project will begin in the fall 2016 and the plan will be completed by fall 2018.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Strategic Transportation Plan is receiving $600,000 from the federal Gas Tax Fund. The STPCO is also contributing 1,050 hours to the project. The total estimated cost of this project is $600,000.

This project is one of the 57 projects that are being funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund under the Federal Gas Tax Fund for 2016.

The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $253 million in indexed funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding can be spent on any eligible project the community prioritizes across a broad range of eligible project categories, or it can be pooled with other communities for regional projects, banked for later priorities or used to pay for financed projects.

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/368651721.html

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Letter: HOV lanes in Kelowna a joke
Kelowna Capital News - Jan 28, 2016

Open letter to Murray Tekano, senior project director, B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure):

I just read that this government has installed 13 HOV signs at a cost of $91,000!

What a waste of taxpayers’ money.

The HOV lanes in Kelowna are a joke in the first place. Reducing the times of usage was a great start to removing them completely, or so I thought.

Throwing more money at this useless endeavour that is ignored by most of the travelling public is so typical of excess waste of public money by all levels of government.

With the cost of everything going up could the government stop wasting money until the economy recovers and we can afford to give you extra money to waste? Right now we need every penny just to pay for the basics.

Carol Rogers, Kelowna

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/366875071.html

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

.pdf icon Item 8.1A Electoral Area I Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No 1367 2015

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AND WHEREAS the Regional Board deems it necessary to amend the boundary of the said service area,
to include the following parcels, resulting from a fee simple subdivision where the subdivision boundary did not align with the service area boundary:
Lots A & B, Sec 24 TP 23 & Sec 19&30 TP 24 ODYD, Plan EPP43159; and, to exclude the following parcels, resulting from City of Kelowna expansions:
Lot B, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Plan KAP51562; Strata Lots 1 to 99, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Strata Plan KAS1411; Lot B, District Lot 123 ODYD Plan EPP41714;
The boundary shall be as identified on Schedule "A" attached hereto;

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

2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS
Amend #8. to read Business Arising, 8.1 Adoption of Service Area Boundary Amendment Bylaws; move Directors Items to #9; and move Adjourn to In Camera #10.

8. BUSINESS ARISING

8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, ADOPTION (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
BAKER/DEHART
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367 be adopted this 25th day of January 2016.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 ADOPTION  (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368 be adopted this 25th day of January 2016.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 ADOPTION (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369 be adopted this 25th day of January 2016.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Letter: 'Absurd' to build second bridge over Okanagan Lake
Kelowna Capital News - Dec 15, 2015

To the editor:

I cannot believe that authorities are actually thinking about building a second bridge over Okanagan Lake from the Westside to Kelowna. This idea is totally ridiculous and absurd.

What Kelowna, and every other town, needs is a bypass freeway. Major highways or freeways should never directly enter a town and be funnelled through a few dozen streetlights which are never in sequence but always a stop and go costing time and money, fuel, nerves and pollute the valley.

A Highway 97C turn off is required from the Pennask Summit, which is relatively flat high terrain, directly towards the northern end of Okanagan Lake bypassing Vernon and running north towards Revelstoke as an uninterrupted freeway with turn off ramps for Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and so on. More than 30 to 40 per cent of all traffic would be avoided using the normal road as it is now.

Also a bypass from Winfield to Penticton running around the area of Joe Rich then connecting to the old Railway Tracks south of the renovated bridges would be in order to get an additional 30 to 40 per cent traffic off congested Hwy. 97.

A second bridge would cost just as much as these two bypasses and do nothing to relieve the stench of bad air in our valley and still need to be funnelled through endless traffic control lights.

Please people, use your common sense. In 1930 a well known dictator built a freeway called the autobahn network throughout Germany, bypassing every town, which by now has been copied in every European country even in the Third World. Do not tell me that the richest country in the world cannot afford a proper road system.

Joe Mattiasch, Kelowna

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/362046731.html

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.pdf icon December 7, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There are no Highlights for Director Items, so there are no Highlights for Director Item- Director Carson saying that people are passing on Westside Road on a double solid line and that nothing has changed.

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.pdf icon December 7, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Statutory Board Meeting Minutes

Nothing was mentioned in the Minutes about Director Carson talking about people passing.

Chair Given extended appreciation to the Board for their vote of confidence being acclaimed as chair for 2016, and is looking forward to working with Vice Chair Ophus.

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5.3 Local Government Leadership Academy - 2016 Leadership Forum Feb. 3 - 5, 2016 and Electoral Area Directors Forum, Feb. 2-3, 2016 -, Richmond, BC (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board approve the Board Chair, Director Hanson and Director Carson's attendance to LGLA Leadership Forum, Feb 3-5, 2016 and the Electoral Area Directors Forum, Feb. 2-3, 2016, in Richmond, BC including registration and
travel expenses as per Board policy No. 7.15.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Director Given was acclaimed Chair of the Regional District for 2016.

Director Ophus was acclaimed Vice Chair of the Regional District for 2016.

Director Given was acclaimed Chair of the Regional Hospital District for 2016.

Director Ophus was acclaimed Vice Chair of the Regional Hospital District for 2016.

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.pdf icon November 23, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Westside Road Upgrades

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So How Does This Affect the RDCO?
• One of the major complaints people have about living out along the Westside Road is the Road itself.
• If the Road is improved such that people see it for the beautiful thing it is, then perhaps more people will want out live out there, buy the vacant lots, and build on them.
• This means more work for the RDCO
I am suggesting the RDCO take this under advisement and plan for when the upgrades are completed.

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5. DELEGATION(S)

BAKER/SIEBEN
THAT item 5.2 delegation be heard first.

CARRIED Unanimously

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5.2 Westside Road Upgrades - "Where we are Today; Working for the Future" - Jim Edgson, Cofounder of the MLA Westside Road Improvement Committee (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Jim Edgson provided an update on the Westside Road upgrades. A committee was formed at the request of previous Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Rick Thorpe, and supported by the current MLA. The committee works, as consensus driven, with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff and have developed a good working relationship with provincial staff regarding upgrades to Westside Road. The upgrades which have been done over the past
ten years and $10mil was reviewed. The committee has worked with Tourism Kelowna on promoting the tourism aspect of the road and its area.

It was noted that the upgrades and blasting currently being done will add to the safety of those citizens using the road. The road is being significantly widened in the current work area.

FORTIN/BAKER
THAT the presentation on the Westside Road Upgrades be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Four Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East

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RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the following bylaws be repealed:
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015

AND FURTHER THAT the following bylaws be given 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings:
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369, 2015

Background:
The service areas are located in the community of Ellison, directly east of and abutting, the boundary of the City of Kelowna. The mapping revisions are minor, three areas on the map are pre-empted by City of Kelowna boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The amendment bylaws will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

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5. BUSINESS ARISING

5.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, REPEAL (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 REPEAL (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 REPEAL (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 REPEAL (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

HANSON/SIEBEN
THAT
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be repealed;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be repealed;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360; 2015 be repealed;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be repealed.
CARRIED Unanimously

e) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
f) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
g) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

HANSON/SIEBEN
THAT:
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector for approval;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector for approval;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector for approval:

CARRIED Unanimously

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Okanagan Lake second crossing discussion moving forward
Nov 5, 2015 - Kelowna Capital News

Representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and their consultants provided information to Council on the Okanagan Lake Second Crossing Project.

The project is in Phase 1 with the Central Okanagan Planning Study (COPS). This phase involves data collection and analysis which has been completed. Now an assessment of future needs is underway which will be followed by exploration of options and recommendations for the future, likely in 2016. Consultation is expected to be undertaken at every step. Council was advised that, at this stage, every option is on the table and being assessed. The Ministry and consultants will host an open house this month. Questions that are being pondered as part of the study include:

· How will future congestion affect West Kelowna?

· What is the most important function Highway 97 should serve through West Kelowna?

· Can the highway facilitate community revitalization and how?

· Should we try to balance high mobility (lower congestion and shorter travel times) and high access (frequent connections to communities)?

West Kelowna Councillors provided encouragement for the Ministry and consultants to look seriously at realigning the Highway 97 couplet through Westbank Centre. Council will be provided with options at an upcoming meeting to determine a position statement to provide to the Ministry and its consultants.

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/340924091.html

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.6 2016 2020 Financial Plan Request Items For Preliminary Discussion

.pdf icon Item 8.3 City Of Kelowna License Of Occupation Mission Creek Regional Park Bus Stops

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Item 7.6 2016 2020 Financial Plan Request Items For Preliminary Discussion

Capital Projects - funded by Electoral Area Central Okanagan West Gas Tax Funds, transfers to capital and reserves.
• Fintry Community Parks - Park Infrastructure Installation (table, swim float) boat launch area markers, etc.) (Carry Forward from 2015) $15.2k
• Killiney Beach Park - Park Improvements (swim float, picnic table) dog swim beach trial area, etc.) (Carry Forward from 2015) $15.2k
• Westshore Estates Community Park - Park Improvements (Gazebo/Band Shelter, Landscaping of Natural Area, etc.) $76.1k
• Killiney Beach Park - Access Road Improvements $76.2k
• Wilson's Landing - Proposed Community Boat Launch $60.9k

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Item 7.6 2016 2020 Financial Plan Request Items For Preliminary Discussion
7.6
2016 - 2020 Financial Plan Request Items for Preliminary Discussion - For Information Only (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 13, 2015 provided a preview of significant items and estimates for possible inclusion in the 2016-2020 Financial Plan. This is provided at this time for information and further direction, if required.
Staff is aiming for little to no requisition increases in the 2016 budget. This will be balanced with building reserves and sustainable asset management. Of note, most capital projects are funded through reserves.

The review of the fire prevention service will come forward Nov 12th

Regional Parks - there is a proposed increase in the number of operating projects. The whole picture needs to be looked at when surpluses or deficits are calculated. Putting dollars in reserves last year had a tax impact. There are staff increases proposed.

Okanagan Regional Library - projected cost reductions. The Library Board is reviewing percentage increases for electoral areas and WFN. A Board decision is likely in November. Their proposal is to use the population figures for the RDCO, not BC Statistics which are shown to be unfair.

BASRAN/DEHART
THAT the update on the 2016-2020 Financial Plan request items be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Item 8.3 City Of Kelowna License Of Occupation Mission Creek Regional Park Bus Stops
City of Kelowna Licence of Occupation - Mission Creek Regional Park Bus Stops

Purpose:
The purpose of this report is to seek approval from the Regional Board to provide a 5 Year Licence of Occupation to the City of Kelowna to permit the construction and operation of 2 Transit Stops/Shelters over a 71.7m2 and 44.4m2 portion of Mission Creek Regional Park along Springfield Road for a 5 year term.

Executive Summary:
The City of Kelowna wishes to construct and operate 2 enhanced Transit Stops/Shelters along Springfield Road at Mission Creek Regional Park. In order to do so, they require encroaching into Mission Creek Regional Park and have requested to enter into a 5 Year Licence of Occupation to permit the construction and operation of the Transit Stops/Shelters. The Licence of Occupation would cover 71.7m2 at Springfield and Leckie Roads, and 44.4m2 at Ziprick and Springfield Roads in Mission Creek Regional Park, and be renewable on a 5 year cycle. The proposed improvements directly support improved transit access to Mission Creek Regional Park and are mutually beneficial to both parties.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approves providing a 5-Year Licence of Occupation to the City of Kelowna for the construction and operation of 2 Transit/Shelters over a 71.7m2 and 44.4m2 portion of Mission Creek Regional Park along Springfield Road for a 5-Year term.

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Mayor seeks bypass route
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 148056 - Sep 18, 2015

The City of West Kelowna hopes to get some answers on a wide range of topics at next week's Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver.

Mayor Doug Findlater said the city has scheduled meetings with ministers of energy, transportation and health, as well as local MLA, Premier Christy Clark.

The biggest issue for Findlater is transportation – specifically, a corridor to a proposed second lake crossing.

"We want to ensure a second corridor is studied and presented as an option," said Findlater in advance of the convention, which kicks off Monday.

"It may not be viable, but we want to ensure it's not just another bridge that pours traffic on existing 97 and build a bunch of interchanges."

While Findlater doesn't have a specific route in mind, he did say he sees a route going around the community with connections to the city.

The Westbank couplet will also be part of the discussion.

"That continues to be the biggest bottleneck between Kelowna and Penticton. That continues to be an issue."

Also at the top of the list is a resolution by the city asking the province to allocate more funds for wildfire mitigation.

"It seems the premier has suggested we have a new normal with long, hot, fiery summers. One way to deal with that is to make sure wildfires coming in can be slowed down.

"We have another issue about fires, and that's a second exit out of Glenrosa. In the meantime, we have a viable summertime exit with Jackpine Lake Road, when it's serviced."

Findlater said when a portion of Westside Road washed into the lake in 2006, Jackpine was graded and became a viable route.

He hopes to speak with Emergency Preparedness Minister Naomi Yamamoto concerning outstanding financial issues from last year's Smith Creek fire.

Findlater also hopes to meet with Energy Minister Bill Bennett to get an update on the BC Hydro transmission line project.

"And, given the amount of power outages on the Westside, we have a second issue with BC Hydro. That is: what is their assessment of the basic distribution infrastructure, and do they have a plan to renew that?" said Findlater.

"We want them to look at an asset management plan for the distribution system."

The mayor also hopes to speak with a deputy within the health ministry to talk about expanded services in West Kelowna.

Findlater will be accompanied by all six councillors.

The UBCM convention runs all next week at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Source: http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/148056/Mayor-seeks-bypass-route

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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.1A Electoral Area I Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No 1358 2015

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.pdf icon Item 6.1A Electoral Area I Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No 1358 2015

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Being a bylaw to amend the "Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 528, 1992"

WHEREAS the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan established by Bylaw No. 528 cited as the "Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 528, 1992" a service to provide transit for a portion of Electoral Area I, now known as Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.
AND WHEREAS the Regional Board deems it necessary to amend the boundary of the said service area, to include the following parcels, resulting from a fee simple subdivision where the subdivision boundary did not align with the service area boundary:
Lots A & B, Sec 24 TP 23 & Sec 19&30 TP 24 ODYD, Plan EPP43159;

and, to exclude the following parcels, resulting from City of Kelowna expansions:
Lot B, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Plan KAP51562;
Strata Lots 1 to 99, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Strata Plan KAS1411;
Lot B, District Lot 123 ODYD Plan EPP41714;

The boundary shall be as identified on Schedule "A" attached hereto;

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6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/CARSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359,2015 Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/CARSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/CARSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 27, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funding

The Regional Board has authorized spending $152,000 in Federal Gas Tax Community Works funding for water improvement projects in the Joe Rich area. This funding will cover higher than expected costs in implementing improvements to the Joe Rich Community Hall/Fire Hall water system and Goudie Road Fire Hall water system.

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.pdf icon Item 8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

.pdf icon Item 8.2 Community Works Funding Approval Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

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Item 8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

Purpose:
To amend the boundaries of three service areas and one specified area in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

Executive Summary:
The service areas and specified area are located in the community of Ellison, directly east of and abutting, the boundary of the City of Kelowna. The mapping revisions are minor, three areas on the map are pre-empted by City of Kelowna boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The four amendment bylaws will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board give 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readings to:
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015

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Item 8.2 Community Works Funding Approval Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

Purpose:

To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund.

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to help fund their local infrastructure needs
The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund additional funding requirements associated with the Joe Rich water improvement project is:
• $ 152,000 for Central Okanagan East.

Currently the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund comprises of:
• $171,534 for Central Okanagan East, with an additional $165,352 to be received in 2015.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes $152,000 be approved for water quality and capacity system improvements in Central Okanagan East.

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8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
Staff report dated July 20, 2015 noted that four service areas which are located in the community of Ellison require amendments to the establishment bylaws in order to correct mapping by City of Kelowna previous boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The amendments will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27'h day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Byiaw No. 1359, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be given first, second and third reading this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
FINDLATER/DEHART
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vole)
GRAY/HANSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

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8.2 Community Works Funding Approval - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 20, 2015 outlined the Community Works Funding planned for the Joe Rich water quality and capacity improvement project for the Joe Rich Fire Service Area and the Goudie Road Fire Hall water system. The question was raised why potable water standards must be met for this project. Staff will reconfirm Interior Health potable water regulations to determine if there is an alternate system which can be installed.

FINDLATER/CONDON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes $152,000 be approved for water quality and capacity system improvements in Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Vernon council reconsiders bypass
by Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 12, 2015

Vernon council has done a roundabout on adding a western bypass to its 25-year transportation plan.

At its regular meeting in July, council voted 4-3 to add the site-specific bypass to the master transportation plan. But immediately after that meeting, Coun. Dalvir Nahal – who voted in favour of adding the bypass – asked for a reconsideration of the motion at its next meeting, which was Monday afternoon.

After considerable discussion Monday, council voted 4-3 to not include the site-specific western bypass in the plan.

A future bypass option with no specific site does remain part of the master plan, and council authorized the mayor to request assurance from the ministry of transportation and infrastructure that it will include bypass consideration in future regional transportation plans.

“Until we get anything from the province confirming that’s what we’re going to do, why are we going to put restrictions on property owners?” said Nahal. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

The western bypass extends from Mission Hill through Okanagan Landing to Swan Lake and would replace 32nd Street as the main highway route in Vernon. A previous council scrapped the concept in 2008 after significant public opposition.

Coun. Scott Anderson voted in opposition to the motion reconsideration, saying the city should be pushing the ministry of transportation to plan a bypass now.

“Downtown during peak months is a mess,” said Anderson. “I think the time is sooner rather than later to be looking at this. There’s no sense of urgency.”

Coun. Brian Quiring acknowledged that a bypass is something the city will have to look at, but said there are other issues to deal with in the short-term, like Birnie and Stickle roads, that could help kick-start how traffic moves through the community.

“It’s a little too far out on a horizon to be as prescriptive as we were (about the bypass),” said Quiring. “But not so far out on a horizon that we shouldn’t at least have some consideration for it.”

Nahal didn’t disagree that a bypass is an issue the city needs to consider.

“Saying these specific properties, this is where we want to put it through, without having any confirmation from the province, is not fair to the property owners,” she said.

Source:  http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/321485431.html

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Check the laws
Castanet.net - by Contributed | Story: 144449 - Jul 20, 2015

I've been following the article about 'boats being tied together creates a public space' and thought I'd bring something related to your attention which will explain my concern about this.

Several months ago the Kelowna RCMP decided that the exemptions in the motor vehicle act regulations (division 36) concerning child car seats were void and started enforcing this on taxis in Kelowna. They were stopping taxis, ejecting passengers and giving taxi drivers tickets. The taxi companies took the police at their word and stopped taking children as passengers unless a car seat was provided.

I did some research, found the regulations involved and asked the police about this. The police (a Constable Monteith at the Central Okanagan Traffic Services) told me that as the motor vehicle act itself gave no exemptions the exemptions provisioned in the regulations were void and taxis had to use car seats for children.

However, the motor vehicle act says nothing about child car seats except to say that the Lieutenant Governor in council can make regulations about them. In fact the act specifies that its provisions on seat belts does not apply to children under 16 at all.

I went on to make inquiries with the Ministry of Justice who confirmed that the regulations do apply and the exemptions do apply to taxis and that taxis do not have to use child car seats.

Armed with this I went to one of Kelowna’s larges taxi companies, gave them my research, they went on to do their own research, confirmed all this and are now able to carry children in their taxis without child car seats.

So you can see that when the police say that something is illegal you can't just take their word for it; you have to check up on them. And the MOJ is the proper source for this, not the RCMP.

Steve Wray

Source: castanet.net/news/Letters/144449/Check-the-laws

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Vernon resurrects controversial western bypass
Vernon Morning Star - by Richard Rolke - Jul 13, 2015

A contentious traffic bypass is back on the books in Vernon.

In a 4-3 vote Monday, city council voted to add the western bypass to the 25-year master transportation plan.

"There should be some language about the protection of a western corridor," said Coun. Brian Quring.

The western bypass extends from Mission Hill through Okanagan Landing to Swan Lake and would replace 32nd Street as the main highway route in Vernon. A previous council scrapped the concept in 2008 after significant public opposition.

On Monday, city staff called for a bypass to be referenced in the transportation plan but it wasn't site specific.

"Simply referencing it is almost throwing it away if we don't have some details. My intent is to make it more specific," said Coun. Scott Anderson of identifying the western bypass.

Opposition came from Mayor Akbal Mund and Councillors Catherine Lord and Juliette Cunningham.

"That (designation) will start affecting all development from now on," said Lord of the potential implication for private property along the corridor.

Look for more in Wednesday's Morning Star.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/314755771.html

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Incident closes highway
by Castanet Staff | Story: 141158 - Jun 1, 2015

UPDATED

Emergency authorities in Vernon knew nothing about a supposed highway closure this morning.

They didn't even have a file referring to anything in the area.

But, after a little digging, Castanet found out through the Ministry of Transportation that a report from DriveBC this morning contained some confusing information.

The DriveBC statement referred to closure of Highway 97 five kilometres north of the Westside Road intersection. That seemed like an odd way to locate an incident across the lake in Kelowna, when they could have used Richter Street as a locator, or even the 700 block of Harvey Avenue, as the Kelowna Fire Department did.

The closure was actually due to a house fire overnight in Kelowna.

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DriveBC report Highway 97 was closed in both directions early this morning, north of Vernon.

More details are not yet available from RCMP, but the closure was said to be due to a "police incident."

The closure was located five kilometres north of the Westside Road intersection, with a local detour put into effect.

The highway was reopened just after 6 a.m., DriveBC reports.

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Re: Second crossing
Castanet.net - by Contributed | Story: 140428 - May 21, 2015

In regards to all those comments made about the bridge and if we need a second one or not and when, I would like to add the following:

When we had the old bridge with one lane each way and the traffic was standing it was the bridges fault and we needed a new one. Then we got a new one, however, not much has changed. Traffic is still standing still on the bridge at times and again, it’s blamed on the bridge. Well, it is not! When traffic comes to a standstill it’s a problem at either end. Kelowna can’t handle the traffic and neither can the west side. It does not matter how big the funnel is on the top, the hole at the bottom determines how fast it will drain. A second bridge will widen the top, however, the hole at the bottom is still the same. As long we do not have a “very good solution” how to handle the amount at the bottom, we should not consider to widen the top. We could try it by synchronizing the traffic lights for example, at a fraction of the cost of a new bridge and see what happens.

Roger von Dach
Kelowna

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Where and when?
Castanet.net - by Jennifer Zielinski | Story: 140250 - May 20, 2015

Dozens of people turned out Tuesday to give their opinions on a second bridge across Okanagan Lake.

The Ministry of Transportation open house at the Ramada Hotel focused on the performance of Highway 97 through the Central Okanagan.

District manager Murray Tekano said it's a way to show the public information collected on the operation of the corridor.

“This is part of the Central Okanagan planning study, which is the pivotal piece of work we are doing to identify the needs for transportation improvements in the corridor, including a second crossing of the lake,” he said.

When the five-lane William R. Bennett Bridge opened in 2008, it was estimated the bridge would serve the region’s traffic needs for 25 years or more. Traffic counts confirm that, but planning has begun for the day a second bridge is needed.

Most of those in attendance were curious about when that might be and where it would be built.

One resident said putting a second crossing downtown at the base of Knox Mountain would make the area more congested. He would like to see a bridge closer to Vernon.

Another said Kelowna is a great place to visit, but needs better access to the city, so he would like a second bridge sooner rather than later.

Tekano says the study also looked at operating conditions of the highway, congested intersections and safety concerns.

“These (items) are all helpful to us as we look at what can we do or what should we do in the immediate or near term and what might be part of a future crossing over the lake.”

Former mayor Walter Gray attended the open house and said he strongly believes a second crossing will help mitigate traffic issues in the city.

“I can envision a second crossing that would also be the truck route, so that all trucks that currently come across the W.R Bennet Bridge would no longer come that way, which would keep trucks off of Harvey Avenue, Highway 97, and they would take the other way around,” he said.

A second open house takes place this afternoon in West Kelowna, at the Westbank Lions Community Centre, starting at 4:30 p.m., or you can go online at engage.gov.bc.ca/okanagansecondcrossing.

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Second crossing
Castanet.net - by Contributed | Story: 140203 - May 19, 2015

A reporter went out and asked people if we need another bridge and was able to find only those who don't depend on the bridge. Until you have sat on the bridge stuck in traffic how would you know? Of course we need another bridge, ASAP! If traffic wasn't so bad I would even consider going into Kelowna on my days off, but who wants to deal with it when they don't have to go to work. I have to leave my house an hour before I have to be at work just so I know I won't be late and I have been late because of traffic.

Barb Radd

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Public about to be brought into planning for second Okanagan Lake crossing
by Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - Apr 30, 2015

The provincial study that includes looking at options for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake is about to turn to the public for input.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure district manager Murray Tekano told West Kelowna council earlier this week that with the initial assessment work now nearly done by the technical planning committee, inclusion of the community planning committee can start.

That work will include a public open house "very soon" to show the public what the technical committee has learned and to gather public input.

The two-year, $2 million study, which is looking at transportation issues between Lake Country and Peachland includes, but is not limited to, identifying a corridor for, and a location of, a second crossing.

While the technical planning committee involves local governments from throughout the valley, the community planning committee includes economic development, emergency services, cycling and boating organizations, as well as representatives of the public.

Tekano's presentation did not give specifics about corridor or crossing locations but in response to a question from Coun. Rusty Ensign, said both should be identified by the time the study wraps up in 2017.

But, he added, even then it would likely be years before a second crossing would be built. When the current WR Bennett Bridge was build in 2008, the province estimated a second crossing would not be needed for 20 years. That would put it at 2028, just 13 years from now.

Tekano said before any final decision is made, there would be more consultation with local government and the public.

One of the concerns expressed by West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater is that in the long-term, funnelling traffic from a second crossing onto the existing Highway 97 on the Westside would "not be sustainable."

He made a pitch for a bypass route, something Tekano said will be looked at as part of the study's overall work.

But where that bypass would go is still a question.

Previous studies have indicated that it could be in the hills above West Kelowna and eventually join the Okanagan Connector. But such a route would be very expensive as, among other considerations, a high-level bridge would be required over Lynn Canyon.

Tekano said the corridor on the Westside is a "critical" part of what the two planning groups will be looking at.

"The crossing is one thing, but how you get there (is just as important)," said Tekano.

He did not give a date for when the public open house will be held during his appearance before West Kelowna council Tuesday night, but said it will be happening "very soon.

Company chosen to look at Okanagan Lake second crossing options (Sept 16, 2014)

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.pdf icon March 23, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 10.1 Application To Strategic Priorities Fund Capacity Building

Transit Fare Increases Approved

The Regional Board has approved proposed fare increases affecting Kelowna Regional Transit riders. The new rates for single rides, ticket packages and monthly passes will take effect September 1st to coordinate with fall and winter service changes. This is the first increase in transit fares since 2012. A proposed September 2016 increase in the U-Pass program rates requires approval in a referendum of UBCO students. The Regional District is a municipal partner in Kelowna Regional Transit which operates a small conventional bus service with two trips a day Monday through Saturday in the Ellison area of Central Okanagan East.

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SUBJECT: Application to Strategic Priorities Fund - Capacity Building

Purpose: To seek Board approval to make an application for Strategic Priorities Funding under the Capacity Building Stream for a Regional Strategic Transportation Plan.

Executive Summary:
The Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) program was launched in December 2014. This funding program has a 'Capital Infrastructure Projects' and 'Capacity Building' stream that provides access to 'pooled' Gas Tax funding for communities outside of the Lower Mainland on an application basis. Each local government is allowed up to two capital and one capacity building applications per year.

As a member of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO) Regional District staff have identified the Regional Strategic Transportation Plan as a key project with regional significance and hereby nominate it, on behalf of the STPCO partners as our 'Capacity Building Project' under the SPF Program for 2015.

One of the specific objectives set out in the MOU creating the STPCO was 'to establish region wide unified policies and strategic transportation plans'. The completion of the Regional Strategic Transportation Plan will accomplish that objective.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approve the 'Capacity Building' application to the Union of BC Municipalities' Strategic Priorities Fund for six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) for funding the Regional Strategic Transportation Plan.

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SUBJECT: Transit Fares Changes

Purpose: To seek Board approval to increase Transit fares in accordance with Appendix 3 attached to this report.

Executive Summary:
The Regional District is a municipal partner in the Kelowna Regional Transit System and operates a small conventional service in the Ellison Area of Central Okanagan East that is limited to 2 trips per day, Monday to Saturday. This service is a small part of a much larger Tier 1 Transit System that is administered through the City of Kelowna.

One of the responsibilities we have as a municipal partner in the Kelowna Regional Transit System is participating in the development of, and where in agreement, approving changes to fares. The need to increase transit fares was presented to the STPCO CAO Committee who supports the proposed increases as outlined in Appendix 3 attached to this report. These fare changes do three things:

1. Standardizes the payment and collection of cash fares and encourages the use of discounted monthly passes and ticket packages;
2. Supports the Board approved principle of achieving a 30% cost recovery for transit services;
3. Allows for continued capital investment and service improvements in the system.

The last fare increase was in 2012 and there have been significant improvements to transit service and the supporting infrastructure since that time. The general fare increases will go into effect September 1,2015 to coordinate with transit service changes for the fall and winter. The increase for UBCO (UPass) is subject to a student referendum and if it is approved, will take effect September 1, 2016.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board approve a fare change, as detailed in Appendix 3 attached to this report with an effective date of September 1st, 2015 and subject to student referendum approval, a UPASS increase effective September 1st, 2016.

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10. NEW BUSINESS

10.1 Application to Strategic Priorities Fund - Capacity Building (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 17, 2015 outlined a request for Board support to make an application for Strategic Priorities Fund grant under the capacity building stream for a regional strategic transportation plan. Each local government is allowed up to two capital and one capacity building applications per year. As a member of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO) regional district staff have identified the regional strategic transportation plan as a key project with regional significance.

This is phase 2 of the transportation plan. If funding is not received what happens to the plan? Ron Westlake, City of Kelowna Transportation Manager, was in attendance and noted there may be other grant opportunities but if funds
are not received then plans will need to be scaled back.

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board approve the 'Capacity Building' application to the Union of BC Municipalities Strategic Priorities Fund for six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) for funding the Regional Strategic Transportation Plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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10.2 Transit Fare Increase (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 17, 2015 outlined that the Regional District is a municipal partner in the Kelowna Regional Transit System and operates a small conventional service in the Ellison Area of the Central Okanagan east that is limited to 2 trips per day-Monday thru Saturday. This service is a small part of the transit system administered through the City of Kelowna.

The other municipal partners have approved a fare increase to go into effect September 1, 2015. It was noted that the increase for the UBCO (UPass) is subject to a student referendum and if approved, will take effect September 1, 2016.

It was noted that the system is striving to get a 30% recovery. Today recovery is running at 26-27%. Transit staff will continue to look at fare increases in the future to recover costs and various fares levels particularly 'cash' fares. More
transit users are using monthly passes. It was noted that although the cost to ride the bus will be $2.50, it actually costs the system $9.00 per transit ride-that is how much subsidy is being provided to the service.

FORTIN/SINGH
THAT the Regional Board approve a fare change, as detailed in Appendix 3 (City of Kelowna report to Council) with an effective date of September 1, 2015 and subject to student referendum approval, a UPASS increase effective September 1,2016.

CARRIED Unanimously

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This came by email after filling out the Ministry of Transportations 10 Year Transportation Survey

I am pleased to let you know the ministry's 10-year transportation plan, B.C. on the Move, and the report sharing the outcomes of the public engagement process have now been published.

You can find them on-line by visiting http://gov.bc.ca/transportationplan.

Once again, thank you for taking part in this process.

Sincerely,

The B.C. on the Move Consultation Team

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Rural Highway Speed Limit Resolution

The Regional Board has approved sending a resolution to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) convention this spring in Kamloops. The resolution asks that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure set up a formal process to lower the speed limit on certain rural highways. The request for a resolution was made by Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Director Patty Hanson regarding the increase in the speed limit on Highway 33 in the Joe Rich area from 80 kilometres an hour to 100 kilometres an hour. The resolution expresses concern of some rural residents about road safety since many rural highway speed limits were raised in 2014.

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Reduction of Speed Limits to 80 k/hr on Rural Highways

WHEREAS the safety of rural highways in British Columbia is being questioned by many residents living in rural BC since the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure increased the speed limit on many of these highways to 100 k/hr in 2014;
AND WHEREAS speed limits in rural British Columbia do vary from region to region;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure be requested to formalize a process of lowering the speed limit on rural highways that pass through rural communities and neighbourhoods upon receipt of a Regional Board resolution to that effect.

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9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) Proposed Resolution to the 2015 Convention re: Reduction of Speed Limits on Rural Highways (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Director Hanson requested support for a resolution to SILGA's 2015 Convention.

In 2014, the speed limit was raised along Highway 33. Joe Rich citizens have raised the issue to the area Director that the speed limit is too high to safely travel the road for its citizens who live and travel in the area.
It was noted that the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure increased speed limits throughout BC. The Joe Rich community association has met with Ministry staff to request a review and reduction in the speed limit, but to date this has not occurred.

SIEBEN/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approves submitting the following resolution to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) 2015 Convention for consideration:
WHEREAS the safety of rural highways in British Columbia is being questioned by many residents living in rural BC since the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure increased the speed limit on many of these highways to 100 k/hr in 2014;
AND WHEREAS speed limits in rural British Columbia do vary from region to region;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure be requested to formalize a process to allow for the lowering of the speed limit on certain highways that pass through rural communities and neighbourhoods upon receipt of a Regional Board resolution to that effect.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Land swap over 700 acres
Castanet.net - by Ragnar Haagen | Story: 133768 - Feb 25, 2015

The land-swap agreement reached last week between the provincial government and Westbank First Nation offers even more land than West Kelowna residents balked at in 2011.

The initial agreement offered 698 acres of Crown land around the Rose Valley reservoir in exchange for eight acres of WFN land required for construction of the Westside Road interchange.

The municipality and residents of West Kelowna raised an uproar that eventually killed that deal. But last week's revised agreement puts together a package of land and cash included approximately 670 acres of Crown land plus 65 acres of private land.

Two of the properties are within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

According to the province, the total value of the package is $6 million and includes $1.5 million in cash from the government.


Once the sale is complete, exact locations of the properties will be released, but the province has said the Crown land is located along McCulloch Road, between WFN reserves at Medicine Creek and Medicine Hill. The two ALR private properties are within the City of Kelowna on Spiers Road and Hereron Road.

A third piece of private land is located on the eastern shores of Lower Arrow Lake, near Fauquier, on Starlite Road.

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WFN land swap approved
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 133447 - Feb 20, 2015

A tentative agreement has been reached between the province and Westbank First Nation on a land exchange.

The exchange is born out of an agreement between the two governments in which eight acres of reserve lands were given to the province in 2009 for construction of the Westside Road interchange.

Originally, the province agreed to an exchange of 698 acres of Crown land at the north and east side of Rose Valley Reservoir. The District of West Kelowna and its resident balked at the idea, and the swap was eventually scrapped.

The package of lands and cash being considered includes four parcels of Crown or private land and $1.5 million in cash to be used for mutually agreed upon future land purchases.

Parcels of land in the proposed exchange include:

Two private agricultural properties within the City of Kelowna on Spiers Road and Hereron Road.
One private property on the eastern shores of Lower Arrow Lake near Fauquier on Starlite Road.
One Crown land parcel located east of Kelowna along McCulloch Road, adjacent to lands held by Westbank First Nation at Medicine Hill.
The Westside interchange project was part of an agreement the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Westbank First Nation entered into in 2005, to work together to facilitate Highway 97 upgrade projects through the WFN reserve.

Projects completed under the agreement include the William R. Bennett Bridge, the Campbell and Westside road interchanges and the Sneena overpass

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

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Lake Second Crossing Project

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Background
MOTI has initiated Central Okanagan Planning Study
• Includes possible future second crossing of Okanagan Lake
• Involves extensive stakeholder and public input

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5. Delegation:

5.1 Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure re: Okanagan Lake Second Crossing Project

Murray Tekano, District Manager, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure provided an overview of the Province's decision to initiate a Central Okanagan Planning Study which includes the possible future second crossing of Okanagan
Lake.

This work involves extensive stakeholder and public input. The study objectives were highlighted: build on previous work; develop potential route proposals (public needs, community land use plans, provincial transportation priorities); include
consideration of a second crossing on Okanagan Lake; consider project delivery models. A review of the public and stakeholder engagement was provided (community working group, technical advisory committee, senior advisory group).
The project schedule was noted: began summer 2014 with completion by the fall 2016.

STACK/GRAY
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the presentation by Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the Okanagan Lake Second Crossing Project.

CARRIED Unanimously

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10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

b) Director Hanson Proposed Resolution for 2015 SILGA Convention regarding reduction of speed limits on rural highways. The Director will bring forward a resolution for consideration at the February 23rd Board meeting.

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Westside Road features in film
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Jan 30, 2015

A movie’s budget doesn’t have to be large to make a difference.

Unseen, an independent feature, will be filming for seven days in the North Okanagan next week, and another small-scale movie could begin shooting Feb. 16.

“A 1 to $1.5 million movie is enough to make a good horror or suspense film,” said Jon Summerland, with the Okanagan Film Commission.

The productions use local motels, restaurants and other services, which boost the economy. However, there is a more critical long-term impact.

“They hire all locals and that helps building a crew here (for future movies),” said Summerland.

Unseen stars Aden Young (Rectify, Killer Elite, I Frankenstein) and Julia Sarah Stone (Wet Bum, Vampire Dog, Sunday’s Child).

Filming will take place along Westside Road and at the Little Kingdom store on the Okanagan Indian Reserve.

“There is a car accident in the middle of nowhere during the film and there are some great vistas there,” said Summerland of Westside Road.


“The grocery store is also a great location.”

While there has been a lot of focus on Sir Anthony Hopkins recently filming a movie in Enderby, Vernon and Lumby, Summerland believes small, independent productions help the valley’s film sector.

“It’s more exposure and more people know about the area. It’s another notch in the belt,” he said.

As for the other movie that begins shooting Feb. 16, Summerland is unable to provide any details, including locations.

“They are looking at the North Okanagan,” he said.

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SOME QUICK FACTS ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO WESTSIDE ROAD, KELOWNA BC

Westside Road improvements
Province of BC - published on 3 Oct 2014

Over the next five years, $45 million is being invested to make Westside Road safer for local families and tourists in West Kelowna.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ulvlHv6ZUs

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You-Tube video published on 11 Jul 2013
Today, Premier Christy Clark announced an additional $1 million for paving work on Westside Road. This is in addition to the $5.5 million in work already underway this year on Westside Road, improving safety on a corridor important to local residents and the Okanagan tourism industry.

Starting later in July, approximately five kilometres of intermittent paving will be carried out along a 15-kilometre section of the road between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing. This work will smooth out the ride and improve safety for residents and tourists. The project is valued at $1 million.

This work builds on the previously announced four kilometres of paving work between Caesar's Landing and Nahun, valued at $650,000, bringing the total length of paving on Westside Road this year to over nine kilometres.

In addition, the $3-million project to improve lane and shoulder widths and realign a 500-metre section of Westside Road from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek is on schedule and nearly complete.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdJ5do4GNos

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You-Tube video published on 11 Jul 2013
Between Wilson's Landing and Jenny Creek (Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek)
Less than a day after Christy Clark won a landslide majority in the Westside-Kelowna byelection, she announced an additional $1M in funding for paving improvements to Westside Road. The stretch of road is known as being one of the most dangerous in the province, and the government is hoping that recent improvements will help to curb injuries and deaths on Westside Road.

Clark also discussed her election campaign and expectations going into election day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz9Ebm4I4-M

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$1 million for additional paving on Westside Road
Transportation Thursday, July 11, 2013

WEST KELOWNA - Today, Premier Christy Clark announced an additional $1 million for paving work on Westside Road. This is in addition to the $5.5 million in work already underway this year on Westside Road, improving safety on a corridor important to local residents and the Okanagan tourism industry.

"Westside Road serves a number of the Okanagan's most popular resorts and campgrounds, as well as over a thousand residents," said Premier Clark. "It's not acceptable to have it named B.C.'s worst road. With over $6.5 million in improvements this year, we're going to continue to invest in Westside Road, and make it safer for everyone."

Starting later in July, approximately five kilometres of intermittent paving will be carried out along a 15-kilometre section of the road between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing. This work will smooth out the ride and improve safety for residents and tourists. The project is valued at $1 million.

This work builds on the previously announced four kilometres of paving work between Caesar's Landing and Nahun, valued at $650,000, bringing the total length of paving on Westside Road this year to over nine kilometres.

In addition, the $3-million project to improve lane and shoulder widths and realign a 500-metre section of Westside Road from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek is on schedule and nearly complete.

Work completed on Westside Road this year includes a northbound slow-moving-vehicle pullout near Wilson Landing, and 380 metres of realignment and widening with concrete roadside barrier installation at Cinnabar Creek. Work still underway includes a southbound slow-moving-vehicle pullout 1.5 kilometres north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road near Pine Point.

The government of B.C. has increased investment in Westside Road in recent years, to make travel safer and more efficient. Realignment, paving and slow-moving-vehicle pullout projects total $10.3 million since 2008, including $6.5 million this year alone.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $600 million in upgrading highways, roads, bridges and transit in the Okanagan.

Learn More:

Learn more about improvements to Westside Road at: www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/projects/westside_w-kelowna_vernon/index.htm

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Ben Chin
Office of the Premier
250 588-3113

BACKGROUNDER

Westside Road by the numbers

Quick facts on Westside Road:

Westside Road is 65 kilometres long, located on the west side of Okanagan Lake between Highway 97 in West Kelowna and Highway 97 near Vernon.
Westside Road serves local population estimated at approximately 1,200 residents.
Traffic volumes are in the range of 1,000 vehicles per day.
Summer traffic volumes on the section between West Kelowna and Bear Creek Provincial Park can peak at 2,500 vehicles per day.
A total of seven pullouts for slow moving vehicles have been added (six completed, one under construction).
The government of B.C. has invested $10.3 million in safety improvements to Westside Road since 2008.
Major Kelowna and area transportation infrastructure investments since 2001:

Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $600 million in upgrading highways, roads, bridges and transit in the Okanagan. Some of the major projects include:

Westside Road Interchange - $41 million.
Highway 33 Muir to Gallagher four-laning - $25 million in partnership with the City of Kelowna.
Highway 33 Walker Hill climbing lane - $5 million.
Expansion of Highway 97 through Kelowna to six lanes (HOV lanes) - $17.1 million.
Highway 97 Campbell Road Interchange - $26 million in partnership with Westbank First Nation.
University of British Columbia Okanagan flyover - $11.44 million in partnership with City of Kelowna and UBC Okanagan.
W.R. Bennett Bridge, a new five-lane bridge across Okanagan Lake - $145 million.
Contact:

Kate Trotter
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

source:  http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/07/1-million-for-additional-paving-on-westside-road.html

.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Final Regional Board Meeting for Term

The current Regional Board has held its last meeting for the present term. Retiring Chair Robert Hobson thanked all Board members for their diligence and dedication over the past three years. He also thanked retiring Directors Jim Edgson, Gerry Zimmermann and Walter Gray for their service. The Board also recognized Chair Hobson for his 21 years of leadership. He was first appointed to the Regional Board in 1990.

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

Director Hanson noted the Ministry of Transportation staff recently addressed the Joe Rich Community Association regarding the speed on Hwy. 33 being raised to 100. Residents will continue to lobby the MOTI to reduce the speed limit.
Board members reflected on the last three years at the RDCO.

Chair Hobson was thanked for his exemplary leadership over the last 21 years as Board chair.

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Westside overpass near completion
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 127249 - Nov 19, 2014

On time and on budget.

Construction on the $9.3M Sneena Road overpass project, which began back in April, is expected to be complete by the end of the month.

Project manager, Evelyn Lube, says everything is weather dependent.

"We'll be opening the road as soon as all the final things are done. We're at the stage where we're at the mercy of the weather a bit so as long as the weather holds and continues to stay fairly mild, we'll be able to get all of our paving done," says Lube.

"There's paving and then there is work that has to be done afterwards, there's some barricades that have to be put up, line painting is another one that is weather dependent. But, it looks good for opening the road the first week of December."

There are actually two phases to the project, the extension of Tomat Road to the roundabout next to the new mall and the new road which extends from the roundabout and connects with Campbell Road.

That portion includes the underpass which crosses under Highway 97 part way up bridge hill.

If the weather holds, Lube expects final paving work to be done on both this week.

This is the fourth highway project along that stretch of highway in the past 10 years.

The others included construction of the new William R. Bennett Bridge, the Westside Road overpass and Nancee Way overpass.

Second bridge over Okanagan Lake has first report
Kelowna Dailey Courier - November 11, 2014 - Dorothy Brotherton, Westside Weekly

This bridge is just fine for now...and for decades.

The elegant W.R. Bennett bridge is only six years old and will serve the Okanagan well for decades to come, Columnist Ron Seymour writes, saying the government is wasting $2 million on studying another crossing.

More than another bridge is in view in a second corridor study being done by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, said Murray Tekano, district manager of MOTI.

The $2-million study, funded by the province, will take about three years and was announced by MOTI Minister Todd Stone in September. Tekano brought an early report to both West Kelowna and Peachland councils.

He said the study will include the entire corridor from Peachland through to Vernon, looking at both sides of Okanagan Lake. It will build on previous work done in the 1990s, develop potential routes, assess public needs, look at land use plans and provincial transportation priorities.

A big component of the study will be public input meetings.

“The long term vision will look at how could this be delivered,” said Tekano.

For example, the William R. Bennett Bridge, opened in 2008, was built with a private-public partnership.

Options will be ready to review from the winter of 2015 through fall 2016.

Mayor Doug Findlater said since he’d learned at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention this fall that the study would be a complete corridor study, he’s realized, “This puts the Westbank couplet back on the agenda.”  He added that significant development is expected in Peachland and Glenrosa, and a bypass route may be more feasible than thought earlier.

On an average day, 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles pass through the Highway 97 corridor. “It’s a little less in West Kelowna, but it’s very, very busy,” said Tekano.  He noted new left turn signals make it safer but also take time away from through traffic.

Findlater asked that the study look at Westside Road, because with improvements to that road more traffic is using it as an alternate route from here to Vernon.  He wondered if that will mean more traffic for the intersection at Westside Road and Highway 97.  Tekano assured him all intersections will be looked at.

Coun. Bryden Winsby asked that studies done as early as the 80s be considered, and Tekano said he is aware of those studies and the routes identified then, and they will be looked at again.  “I’m assuming if a bypass is not possible, we’d be given good reasons. There may be technical reasons, not just financial,” said Winsby.

Coun. Carol Zanon called Tekano’s report a reassuring start, but asked for interim reports. The municipality has to consider future commerce, couplet ideas, updates of the official community plan and other land use considerations.

Tekano said the study will include technical, social and economic issues.

TRANSPORTATION SURVEY (fill out survey between October 14, 2014 and December 12, 2014 at 4 p.m.)

Ways to Participate
Public input will be considered, along with technical information, as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure develops its next 10-year plan: B.C. on the Move.

There are several ways to provide input:

Online: Take the survey

Mail: P.O. Box 3623 Vancouver Main, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 3Y6

Email: transportationplan "At" gov.bc.ca

Twitter: Join a Twitter Town Hall meeting

Telephone (toll free): 1 844 855-4850

Copies of the Discussion Guide and Survey will be available at Service BC Centres, First Nation Band Offices and public libraries across the province, later in October.

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

Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding
The Regional Board has approved transferring previously authorized Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding for unbudgeted improvements at the Queensway Transit Exchange. A surplus of $259,000 will be transferred from the Orchard Park Mall transit exchange improvement project in order to construct a Security Pavilion, transit sales outlet and washroom facility at the Queensway exchange.

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Gas Tax Community Works Funding Projects
The Regional Board has authorized a number of infrastructure projects for residents in the two Electoral Areas. A total of $142,000 in Federal Gas Tax Funds allocated to Central Okanagan West will be spent on upgrades to the Westshore and Killiney Beach water systems. In Central Okanagan East, $25,000 in Gas Tax - Community Works Funds will be used for equipment to reduce energy consumption for the Sunset Ranch water system. In addition, funds from each electoral area Gas Tax account will be used for a regional floodplain risk assessment and mapping project.

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Recommendation
THAT the Regional District Board approve the transfer of $259,000 of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding from Orchard Park Mall transit exchange to construction of a Security Pavilion and Washrooms at the Queensway Exchange.

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Purpose: To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund.

The intent of this application is to fund projects in both Central Okanagan Electoral Area West and Central Okanagan 81ectoral Area East that are eligible the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund. The proposed projects described within this document will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and operating and capital costs. The projects are not only intended to lead to more positive environmental outcomes but also contribute to a safe and healthy community.

Project proposals include a floodplain risk assessment and mapping project and water system improvements such as water system improvement plans, leak detection equipment and water treatment equipment.

The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects are:
Electoral East - $25,000
Electoral West - $142.000

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to help fund their local infrastructure needs. Project eligibility categories have been expanded in 2014. Projects described in the attached proposal are eligible for Gas Tax - Community Works Fund funding and will provide important infrastructure improvements for Electoral Area residents.

The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects are:
  • $142,000 for Central Okanagan West.
  • $25,000 for Central Okanagan East.

Currently the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund comprises of:
  • $425,741 for Central Okanagan West.
  • $191,535 for Central Okanagan East.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 16, 2014 Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

Westshore Water System $61,000 (we counted $71,000)
Killiney Beach Water System $66,000
(we counted $79,000)
Sunset Ranch Water System $10,000

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Purpose:
To provide the Board with third quarter year-to-date information pertaining to the 2014 work plan and budget variance report.

Executive Summary:
Staff are pleased to present the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report for 2014.

The format of this report is a departure from previous Quarterly Reports and is intended to graphically illustrate that the work plan for each of our services is on schedule and on budget.
Any exceptions to the foregoing are red flagged and explained with a special notation.
This 3rd Quarter Report indicates that projects and work plans are well underway and are generally progressing as planned.

At this point in time, both revenues and expenses are within anticipated budget parameters, with the following exception:
1. Function 306 - Trepanier Bench Water:
User Rate revenues are not expected to meet or exceed expected expenses; year-end projections anticipate a shortfall between $5,500 & $6,000 that will need to be paid in next year's budget.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board receive this report for information.

Purpose
To provide a third quarter Financial Exception Report on the 2014 work plan, to red-flag any areas of concern, to highlight items of interest and to answer any questions the Board may have.

A year-to-date budget variance chart is provided for each service, accompanied by operational details for selected services.

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6.2 Transfer of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

City of Kelowna staff report dated October 21, 2014 outlined the requirement to redirect previously committed Regional Significant Gas Tax Funding from Orchard Park Mall transit exchange to the Kelowna Queensway Exchange. As this is a Regional District grant fund, Regional Board approval is required.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve the transfer of $259,000 of Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding from Orchard Park Mall transit exchange to construction of a security pavilion and washrooms at the Queensway Exchange.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Millions pumped into Westside Road
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Oct 5, 2014

Major work is expected along what some residents have classified as B.C.’s worst road.

The provincial government announced Friday that it’s proceeding with $45 million in upgrades along Westside Road over five years.

“The Westside Road improvement committee has been working on this since 2003,” said Jim Edgson, the North Westside Road electoral area director, who has been active with the residents’ committee.

“With $10 million already been spent, this additional $45 million is certainly welcome.”

Among the concerns about Westside Road are it’s narrow, windy and vehicles can plunge down the steep bank into Okanagan Lake.

“For too many years now Westside Road has been on the BCAA worst roads list and our government is going to fix that,” said Premier Christy Clark and Westside-Kelowna MLA, during Friday’s press conference.

“We made a commitment to improve safety and reliability on Westside Road, and we’re delivering.”

Not all of the $45 million is earmarked yet, but $10 million involves two new construction projects.

Emil Anderson Construction, of Kelowna, has been awarded the contract for improvements from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse.

This 800-metre section of Westside Road will be widened to have 3.6 metre- wide lanes with paved shoulders, roadside barrier and rockfall protection measures. Construction began in late September and will be completed in fall 2015.

A second project at the north end of Westside Road will see an 8.7-kilometre section resurfaced between the Highway 97 junction and Skookum Mine Road, about 10 kilometres northwest of Vernon.

Okanagan Aggregates, of Armstrong, won the contract and is scheduled to start work in early October and be finished by the end of the month.

“Anything that improves Westside Road is a positive step,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director, whose jurisdiction goes partially down the west side of Okanagan Lake.

“It will make it a lot easier to travel.”

Fleming also believes improved conditions on Westside Road could increase use and ease some of the pressure on Highway 97 through Vernon and other valley communities.

Construction and paving may require intermittent delays for traffic as well as scheduled closures of Westside Road for short periods of the day.

While at the press conference in West Kelowna Friday, Fleming lobbied for projects in his area, including safety improvements at Highway 97 at Stickle Road and the highway and Bernie Road.

“There were a lot of Ministry of Transportation officials there, as well as cabinet ministers and the premier,” said Fleming.

“I want to keep reminding them that they haven’t covered all of the bases yet.”

$45M for Westside Rd.
Castanet.net - by Trevor Rockliffe | Story: 124123 - Oct 3, 2014


Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet

The province has committed $45M for improvements to Westside Road over the next five years
One of the worst roads in the province according to surveys conducted by BCAA will be getting a major facelift.

Premier Christy Clark used a gravel pit in West Kelowna as a back drop on Friday to announce an investment of $45M over the next five years to make Westside Road safer.

"Westside Road is a beautiful, beautiful Road. It's one of the most beautiful roads in a province that has so many beautiful places to go," says Clark in making the announcement.

"But, for too long, it's also had a bad reputation as a very dangerous road."

The announcement brings to about $55.3M the province has invested in the road since 2008.

Today's announcement involves two new construction projects with a total estimated cost of $10 million. Emil Anderson Construction Inc. of Kelowna has been awarded the contract for improvements from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse.

This 800-metre section of Westside Road will be widened to have 3.6 metre-wide lanes with paved shoulders, roadside barrier and rockfall protection measures. Construction began in late September and will be completed in fall 2015.

A second project at the north end of Westside Road will see an 8.7- kilometre section resurfaced between the Highway 97 junction and Skookum Mine Road, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of Vernon. Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. of Armstrong won the contract and is scheduled to start work in early October and be finished by the end of the month.

"Resurfacing the northern segment of Westside Road will benefit commuters to and from the Vernon area, and provide a smoother more comfortable ride for residents, tourists and everyone who is headed to the variety of recreational sites along Okanagan Lake," says MLA Greg Kyllo.

Construction and paving may require intermittent delays for traffic as well as scheduled closures of Westside Road for short periods of the day.

Outgoing Regional District West Director, Jim Edgson, a long time advocate for improvements to Westside Road, was thrilled with the announcement.

Edgson says he hopes once this work is complete over the next five year, only regular maintenance and upkeep will be required on the roadway.

While he is leaving regional politics, Edgson says he will remain part of the Westside Road Improvement Committee until such time as the work is complete.

Province promises millions in upgrades in West Kelowna
globalnew.ca - By Lauren Pullen - October 3, 2014

WEST KELOWNA — Premier Christy Clark has made two multi-million dollar promises in West Kelowna.

Clark announced Friday the province will invest $45-million over the next five years to improve safety on Westside Road.

The notorious road has claimed numerous lives over the years and topped the list of BCAA’s annual “Worst Roads in the Province” again in 2013.

READ MORE: Westside Road back to #1 worst in province

Friday’s announcement involves two major construction upgrades worth $10-million, contracted to a pair of local construction companies.

The first project involves widening an 800-metre section of Westside Road from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse, adding paved shoulders, roadside barriers and rockfall protection measures. Construction for that project started in September and is slated to finish sometime this fall.

The second stretch of road receiving an upgrade is an 8.7-kilometre section between the Highway 97 junction and Skook Mine Road, near Vernon. Work there is expected to start in early October and finish by the end of the month.

Clark also announced the province is giving the district an $8.7-million land grant to help build a new municipal works yard.

“Through the Sponsored Crown Grant program, the Province has offered the District of West Kelowna a five-hectare parcel of Crown land at the junction of Bartley and Stevens Road,” says Premier Clark.

“After extensive negotiations with the Province, Westbank First Nation is pleased to say that it supports the offering of a sponsored Crown grant to the District of West Kelowna. We believe that WFN’s interests are being properly addressed,” says Chief Robert Louie. “We look forward to working with the Province on reconciliation of our interests.”

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

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Westside Road
Vernon Morning Star - Sep 24, 2014

On Aug. 20, there was an informative report on a north and central Okanagan traffic services road block.

It was on the Vernon end of Westside Road. This showed the despicable attitude of many drivers with which we share the roadways.

This is frightening.

My only objection is the editorial staff allowed another two slams against Westside Road. It was totally uncalled for in this report.

I have been driving this road both north and south for 15 years and I find no real basis for these specific slurs.

Carl Dickson
Westside Road

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Westside Road check busy
by Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 20, 2014

One of the most notorious roads in the province raised more eyebrows Sunday.

Members of the RCMP’s North and Central Okanagan Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop on Westside Road near the Vernon end Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

During this early morning road check of a road consistently ranked as one of the worst in B.C., officers recovered stolen property, dealt with three impaired drivers, several prohibited drivers, drugs and other violations.

“The public is reminded that even at early times of the day, the police are actively searching for those individuals who might be driving impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“We are concerned, yes, that three people were caught impaired on this road before 1 p.m.”

Over the past week in the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment area, three 24-hour driving prohibitions were issued: two for drugs, one for alcohol. One three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) was issued, and seven cases of possible impaired driving were investigated, six of which resulted in 90-day IRPs and one motorist was arrested for impaired driving.

Eight vehicles were impounded over the past week.

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Company chosen to look at Okanagan Lake second crossing options
by Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - Sep 16, 2014

The B.C. government has chosen a consulting firm to look at route options for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced Monday at the B.C. Road Builders’ annual fall conference in Kelowna that Delcan Corporation has won the $2-million contract. He said Delcan will examine the transportation needs of the area and look at potential route options, including preferred locations, for a future second lake crossing as well as potential timing for planning and building a second bridge over Okanagan Lake.

Stone said there will be extensive opportunities for local governments, First Nations and the public to have input in the planning process

The five-lane William R. Bennett Bridge, completed in 2008 and connecting Kelowna and the Westside, is the only existing crossing of the lake. The government says based on extensive traffic analysis, it will suffice as the only crossing until 2033.

Source: kelownacapnews.com

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

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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

Corporate Services:

002 - Administration
Strategic Community Investment Funds of $79,415 were received. SCIF funds continue to minimize tax rate increases by supporting and offsetting general corporate services administrative costs, and administrative projects which have included Strategic Planning, ortho photo updates, service reviews, service agreement reviews, energy efficiencies, building improvements and working toward meeting economic and climate change targets.
Fringe Area Planning, Ellison Transit Service and Parks Service reviews are underway. Air Quality review will also be completed as part of the implementation of a regular service review 5 year cycle.
RESOC continues to review the Regional Rescue Service. Final approval of Amendments to Westbank First Nation (WFN) Agreements for inclusion in Crime Prevention, Economic Development Commission and Air Quality Program services are under consideration by WFN. RCMP Community Policing Office leased space in Administrative offices main floor effective spring 2014. Reporting to the Director of Community Services, the Fleet and Facilities Manager position was filled effective
September 8, 2014.

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Corporate Services:

050 - Transportation Demand Management
The Regional Board approved the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Inter-municipal Service Agreement. Through the formal agreement, local and regional governments in the Central Okanagan will work together on transportation initiatives and projects that support common regional policy, plans and interests. The City of Kelowna will manage the agreement; the electoral areas will continue to participate in Transportation Demand Management initiatives.

102 - Air Quality Monitoring
As a result of the informal service review, the Air Quality service will likely eventually be considered as part of Sustainable Transportation Partnership. An official call for proposals for a 2014-2015 Woodstove Exchange Program is scheduled for September. The provincial Woodstove Exchange program and the $250 rebate was not offered in 2014. The Regional District, in coordination with the industry and participant retailers, will continue to promote wood stove exchanges in the region. To June 30, 2014, 7,274 cubic metres were chipped for Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program.
Open Burning Program: the online option to verify if the open burning conditions are met has been operational though 2014 and promoted through the open burning phone line. A total of 1,353 burning permits were issued during the 2014 season, 34% within the City of Kelowna and 32% within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The Districts of Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland make up the remaining 34%.
Gas Tax Funding of $38,000 was approved in 2012 for a review and update of the Regional Air Quality Management Plan originally released in 2007. Funds in the amount of $12,000 were also provided from the Ministry of Environment. The Phase I report was presented February 14, 2014, to the· Governance & Services Committee and Phase II of the update has included an online public engagement and media campaign. Input generated was reviewed and incorporated in the Phase II report.
For better understanding of the plan, the Regional Airshed Management Plan name was changed to Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy. Final reporting is underway.
Through all the programs and activities of the Air Quality Department and other Transportation Demand Management Programs, approximately 96.8 tonnes of particulate matter, 199 tonnes of Carbon monoxide and 25.5 tonnes of Green House Gas-Carbon Dioxide equivalents were not released into the air to June 30, 2014.

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

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

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

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

CARRIED Unanimously

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Bus service expansion
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 121707 - Aug 27, 2014

Central Okanagan bus users can expect new routes and expanded service hours as phase two of the RapidBus project wraps up.

According to BC Transit, some major improvements are coming to the Kelowna Regional Transit System starting August 31, 2014.

RapidBus service will extend to Westbank Centre in West Kelowna and new routes will be introduced in the City of Kelowna and the District of Lake Country. Peachland will be getting improved evening service and 15,000 annual service hours will be added to better serve transit customers in the region.

New RapidBus exchanges are opening at Mount Boucherie and Westbank Centre, with real-time passenger information.

A new 'Route 5 Gordon' will provide a two-way direct connection via Gordon Drive to downtown Kelowna, the RapidBus corridor on Highway 97, the Capri Shopping Centre, Okanagan College and the Mission Recreation Centre.

As well, 'Route 8 University' will be realigned to deliver a direct connection to Kelowna General Hospital and Okanagan College.

In Lake Country, a new 'Route 32 The Lakes' will connect Lake Country Town Centre with The Lakes neighbourhood during weekday peak periods. The new route hopes to support current and future residential and commercial growth in the area.

The 'Route 22 Peachland' will boast improved evening, Sunday and holiday service. And the route will now link to the new Westbank Centre transit exchange, improving regional connectivity.

BC Transit says these fall service changes reflect the goals outlined in the Central Okanagan Transit Future Plan and the 2014 RapidBus Service Change Plan.

“The additional 15,000 annual service hours will go a long way towards meeting the public transportation needs of Kelowna,” says MLA Norm Letnick.

“It’s great to see such a positive response to the Kelowna transit system with more riders, more routes and more connections,” adds MLA Steve Thomson.

For more information on the Kelowna Regional Transit system check out all the details here.

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

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

12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that Kelowna Tourism has posted a brochure regarding the new signage on Westside Road on their website.

A discussion ensued regarding a private company which has started a shuttle between the South Okanagan communities (Oliver, Osoyoos) and the Kelowna airport. The idea for a shuttle started at the Okanagan South Chamber working on transportation issues between the south and the airport. Their business plan does not rely on local government funding, it is a private industry.
A question was raised regarding what's happening with the Via97 initiative which started years ago-a tourism initiative between the Washington and the Okanagan Valley for Highway 97.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT staff be directed to request an update for the Board on the Via97 initiative;
AND FURTHER THAT information regarding the new private shuttle service operating between South Okanagan communities and Kelowna's airport be forwarded to the STPCO (Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan) for their information.

CARRIED (Opposed: Ophus, Given, Stack, Dehart, Fielding)

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

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - Director Edgson - Westside Road Closures for blasting come middle of Sept 2014, so we will tell you what we heard on the audio.

As soon as the $9 million dollar tender is awarded supposedly in the middle of September 2014, Westside Road will be closed for blasting an 800 meter section south of Wilson's Landing.  Starting in the middle of September 2014, Westside Road shut downs are proposed to be from 9:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 2:30pm to allow for the school buses.  Westside Road will be closed every day except statutory holidays from the middle of Sept 2014 until sometime after June 2014 when construction is expected to slow but continue into the new year, and that the construction is expected to last at least one year, "and from there we will see what happens after that" Director Edgson said.

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that the Ministry of Transportation has begun upgrades to Westside Road. Shutdowns will occur on Westside Road for further blasting. It is anticipated the $9mil project will take approximately a year to complete.

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Westside Road Open House

July 10, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm

at

Wilson's Landing Fire Station
2396 Westside Road

July 10, 2014 open house re: Westside Road widening Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse Road
click poster for a larger copy

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2nd crossing "8 years away"
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 118511 - Jul 4, 2014

Kelowna's long awaited second crossing could be here in only eight years.

Thats according to BC's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone who says the second crossing project is currently in the second phase of planning.

“A project of this size typically takes about a decade from beginning to end. Now, we are in year one or two already so theoretically we could see a second crossing in another eight years or so,” says Stone.

“We've got at least 6 to 12 months here of just getting out and talking to everybody in this region and asking 'What do you think about this second crossing? And 'Where do you think it should be?'”

Stone says the government is committed to spending millions of dollars in the Okanagan improving our roads. This will include their ongoing work widening Hwy. 97 from Lake Country through Kelowna to the bridge but he says the big project is that second crossing.

“The second crossing represents the single largest capital investment that we will be making in the Okanagan over the next 10 years,” says Stone. “There are a lot of things to consider. Do we do road work on either side of the new bridge, or is it just a bridge, or is it a bypass around West Kelowna that bypasses Peachland as well. Are we doing six lanes through West Kelowna?”

Phase two will be completed within the year and then the next phase will be narrowing down the cost of the project and finding out where the money is coming from.

Stone says they need to consider whether the project will be either publicly funded, a private-public partnership or funded by tolls on the bridge. But before all that, there is a lot of work to do.

During his meeting with the Greater Westside Board of Trade the second crossing wasn't the only hot topic.

Stone was grilled about intersections like Hudson and Hwy. 97, and Boucherie and Hwy. 97 where whispers of overpasses have been heard for years. Stone says at this point there is no plan in place for either.

“It is really hard to say because a key consideration is what is on either side of those intersections and what is going to happen with a second crossing.”

Another talking point was Wednesday's announcement that the BC Government is increasing speed limits on several sections a BC highway, a decision that received no support from RCMP or the trucking association. Stone says although they respect their opinions they still feel it is the right course of action.

“They have come to a different conclusion I think quite sincerely in terms of what they believe should be done with speed limits and we respect that. But, on balance, the technical analysis and safety analysis we have done through the ministry and looking at a growing body of evidence around North America we feel the changes in speed limits we are making are the right thing to do to make our highways as safe as possible,” defends Stone.

He notes that only 15 per cent of BC's rural highways are being changed. Of the 47,000 kilometres of highway in our province, 9,100 kilometres were considered for potential change and only 1,300 kilometres are being changed.

“It is only a small amount that is being changed and for the most part it is highways like the Coquihalla that are beautifully engineered four-lane highways that can absolutely handle an additional 10 km/h speed limit increase,” says Stone.

The other major local announcement was that the government will fund a $5 million barrier for the highway between Oyama and Vernon. Stone says he is aware of the “killer highway” and the government had to act.

“We are absolutely familiar that there have been a number of fatalities on that stretch and one very recently so that is why we announced Wednesday that while the speed limit on that entire corridor is going to go up, that will only happen after we have first installed the median barrier along that entire stretch that doesn't exist there today,” says Stone.

He says the increasing volume of traffic in the area was also part of the reason. With an average of 20,000 vehicles per day using that corridor, a number increasing every month.

“We are seeing an increasing number of cross-over collisions or head-on collisions. So considering those two things it is a pretty compelling case for installing a median barrier to keep motorists that much safer.”

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Another bridge by 2022?
Friday, July 4, 2014 - by Steve MacNaull - Kelowna Daily Courier

Transportation minister Todd Stone was in the Okanagan this week outlining B.C.'s plans for a second bridge over Okanagan Lake and improvements to Valley highways.

Making a decision, planning and building a bridge is slow work.

That’s why a second crossing over Okanagan Lake in Kelowna has been discussed for decades and won’t become reality until at least 2022.

Provincial transportation minister Todd Stone toured the Okanagan this week.

While he discussed highway improvements, intersections, overpasses, interchanges, road maintenance and speed limits, the topic of another bridge over Okanagan Lake had to come up.

“A project of this magnitude usually takes a decade from beginning to end,” said Stone, after a Greater Westside Board of Trade breakfast.

“We’re two years in now because we’d already done phase one to determine a second bridge is needed.” That leaves eight years for phases two, three and four. Phase two, the planning stage, is just getting under way.

The ministry will be collecting input on where the bridge should go, what it will look like and how many lanes it should be.
It’s been assumed a second bridge would come from the Westside to Kelowna’s industrial North End and act as a bypass for motorists continuing on Highway 97 who don’t want to stop in Kelowna.

Such an option would complement the existing and relatively new five-lane Bennett Bridge, which connects the Westside to downtown Kelowna as the lake’s narrowest part.

No lane count on a second bridge has been determined and no design has been finalized.

Phase three consists of tallying the cost of the bridge, securing financing and setting a timeline.

The Bennett Bridge cost $144 million five years ago, so it can be assumed another bridge will only cost more.

Once a final decision is made to go ahead and the taxpayer money committed, it will probably take two years of construction. That means the first car wouldn’t cross the bridge until at least 2022.

There’s also the option of some sort of public-private partnership to fund construction.

“It will be the single largest capital investment this region has ever seen,” said Stone, who is also the MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson.  Not that a lot of money hasn’t already been spent on transportation in the Valley. Stone estimates in the past 10 years, the government has put $643 million into Okanagan transportation infrastructure.  The Bennett Bridge was a big part of that, but there’s also been substantial spending on improvements and widening of Highway 97, Highway 33, Okanagan Connector, Coquihalla and Trans Canada.

Spending will continue to upgrade Westside Road and six-lane Highway 97 from Highway 33 to Edwards Road in Kelowna.

“Transportation is all about movement of people and goods,” said Stone.  “Transporation is also about economic development. That’s why we have to have a strong and growing economy so we have the money to invest in transportation.”

As such, Stone is touting liquified natural gas development in the province’s north as a boom that will require new transportation links and generate wealth for B.C.

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We've got the worst roads in BC
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 117092 - Jun 12, 2014

Once again the Okanagan holds the dubious distinction of having the worst road in the province.

In years past the British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) annual “Worst Roads” survey had named Westside Road as the worst offender of all, but this year it was Silver Star Road near Vernon that claimed 'top spot' or bottom depending how you look at it.

In fact in the fourth annual “Worst Roads” survey five out of the top 10 worst roads in the province are in the Okanagan.

“The Okanagan has a real winter so you do start to get more pot holes and crumbling pavement and the top roads in the Okanagan (Silver Star and Westside Road) were both chosen for their potholes and crumbling pavement,” explains Ken Cousin, BCAA’s associate vice president of Road Assist.

Okanagan roads identified as the top four were Silver Star Road in top spot, followed by a section of Westside Road, Cosens Bay Road in Coldstream and another section of Westside Road. The fifth Okanagan road on the list was another section of Westside Road that landed in ninth place.

This year BCAA's survey also hit record numbers.

“The total number of votes this year was just under 6,200, which is triple last years and a couple thousand more than we have ever had so there was lots of interest from the public in making our roads safer,” says Cousins.

In the 2014 survey motorists, cyclists and pedestrians identified a record 1,277 separate stretches of road across the province that they feel are unsafe or difficult to navigate, including a bunch right here in the Okanagan.

“175 stretches of roads out of the 1,277 suggested were in the Okanagan, with 27 near Kelowna, eight stretches near West Kelowna, 25 stretches near Vernon and 14 stretches in the Enderby area,” says Cousins. “All up from last years numbers that saw only 16 near Kelowna and only 9 near Vernon.”

He says Okanagan residents are actively trying to see change and this year cast 1,659 votes, more than triple the numbers they saw voting last year.

“This says to me that British Columbians want a way to express their road frustrations and appreciate the opportunity to have their say,” says Cousin.

Silver Star Road had made the list before but never has been named the worst. Acting GM for Silver Star Mountain, Brad Baker, isn't sure how to feel about that.

“Being named the BCAA Worst Road in BC is a double edge sword,” says Baker. “It’s a dubious distinction, but our priority is the safety of our guests, our employees and our residents.”

He says they are primarily concerned with winter maintenance and snow removal but there are year long problems that exist.

“The deteriorating asphalt surface in a concern,” says Baker who adds that it has coincidentally had some attention since the start of this survey with two separate crews patching it on Thursday.

“The spray patching they are doing may be filling some of the cracks and potholes but it certainly isn’t a great surface left behind, sections are still very rough.”

He adds that Silver Star is a community and one of Vernon’s economic engines and he feels their road should be a safe and a pleasant experience to drive on a daily basis.

Cosens Bay Road in Coldstream is a new Okanagan member of the top roads. It received over 240 votes noting pedestrian and cyclist safety which Cousin says is a huge amount of votes for that category of concern.

BCAA says the survey is not meant to criticize government but bring to light roads that need some more attention, noting the worst road leader in years past, Westside Road, has moved down a notch.

“Last year the BC Government did invest $6.5 M in realigning and repaving and creating slow-moving vehicle pull outs on Westside Road but it still made our list, because there is still work to do, but they are making some improvements,” says Cousins. “The intent of the survey is to make sure certain roads are not overlooked and it is a forum for motorists to get the word out that these roads matter to them.”

Accidents and road concerns in the Okanagan are often met with a plethora of community comments that allude to the fact that the road isn't the problem, the driver is, and Cousins says there is some truth to that.

“It is a lot about driving to the conditions and driving safely,” says Cousins. “Road improvements can help but you can work and design and build roads anyway you want and if people chose to not drive them properly or safely then it is still not going to work.”

In the coming weeks, BCAA will share the complete survey results with municipalities, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and other road authorities to encourage improvements.

You can visit BCAA’s website, bcaa.com/worstroads to see the 2014 Top 10 “Worst Roads” list and get tips on how to stay safe on the road when faced with issues such as dangerous potholes, traffic congestion or roads shared by motorists and cyclists.

“We all play a role in being safe on our roads. For drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, it’s about being mindful, following the rules of the road and watching your behaviour,” says Cousins.


Photo: Contributed - BCAA

2013 Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek, Westside Road Improvements, BCMoTI Contract $830,000 + Site 1 Pull Out and Westside Road Pavement Improvements (Extra Work Order)

2013 Cinnabar Creek, Westside Road Re-Alignment, BCMoTI Contract $550,000 + Site 3 - Wilson's Landing Pull Out (Extra Work Order)

Source: LinkedIn.com Quincy Burr

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

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

c) Westside Road Upgrades - The Ministry of Transportation has assigned a project manager for upgrades to the Westside Road. Road upgrades continue.

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Commute delays on Hwy 97
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 113161 - Apr 15, 2014

Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet
Commuters travelling between West Kelowna and Kelowna will be hit with more construction delays.

Traffic pattern changes and a construction speed zone will come into effect the last few days of April, on Highway 97 between the Campbell Road Interchange and Westside Road.

The change includes realignment of all five lanes to facilitate construction of the Sneena Road overpass. Cycling lanes will be maintained.

Construction is expected to continue through to mid October.

Starting the week of April 27 crews will begin shifting traffic onto the temporary alignment.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, transition to the temporary alignment will result in short-term changes to traffic patterns throughout the week and will require temporary lane closures in both directions.

"Wherever possible, lane closures will be scheduled during evenings and non-peak daytime hours to minimize disruption to highway traffic," says MoTI spokesman, Robert Adam.

"A 50km/hour construction speed zone will be in effect during this period and will remain in effect until construction of the overpass is complete."

Once the traffic has been shifted onto the temporary alignment, all five lanes of traffic will be maintained for the duration of the construction period.

This is the fourth time in the last seven years commuters have been faced with construction along the stretch of highway between the William R. Bennett Bridge and Nancee Way.

Previous projects included the Campbell Road Interchange, Westside Road Overpass and Nancee Way Overpass.

2nd crossing?
by Castanet Staff | Story: 112789 - Apr 9, 2014

$2M over the next three years.

That's how much the provincial government has earmarked to start the planning process for a second crossing over Okanagan Lake.


Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone made the announcement in the legislature last week.

According to MoTI staff the planning study will include a "significant technical investigation as it examines potential route corridors and engages the public in consultations on the future transportation needs of the Central Okanagan."

While campaigning in the Westside-Kelowna byelection, Premier Christy Clark stated that one of her priorities is planning for a second crossing.

And late last summer, she asked Stone to begin that process by reaching out to both Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater.

It appears the province is taking the next step.

Information Castanet received from MoTI staff indicates the province is beginning to update previous engineering work and will 'initiate a transportation study of the Central Okanagan'.

"Extensive community consultation is also planned, to ensure we have a clear understanding of the needs, and options to meet them, to support such a large investment in the Okanagan.

We are at the very beginning as we explore just exactly what this project could look like," stated MoTI staff in an email to Castanet News.

Poll
Do you believe a 2nd crossing of Okanagan Lake will be built within the next 20 years?

When we looked the poll said:
72.41% Yes
27.59 % No
Total 935 votes

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

Sustainable Transportation Partnership

The Regional Board has approved the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Inter-municipal Service Agreement. The formal agreement will see each of the local and regional governments in the Central Okanagan working together on transportation initiatives and projects that support common regional policy, plans and interests. The inter-governmental partnership will result in coordinated efforts to achieve a more sustainable system for all modes of transportation in order to support the region’s economy, social network and environment. The partnership will also help improve responsiveness and accountability on transportation matters while ensuring a more cost-effective use, operation and expansion of the region-wide transportation system. Each municipality will also be asked to approve the agreement.

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.pdf icon March 24, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.2 Sustainable Transportation Partnership Intermunicipal Service Agreement (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 18, 2014 outlined that in 2012 the Regional Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding for a sustainable transportation partnership with Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the electoral areas. Staff was directed to develop an agreement for this partnership, The Regional District electoral areas are included in the agreement for the service of Transportation Demand Management only.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Intermunicipal Service Agreement.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that Kelowna Tourism has finished the mapping on Westside Road and signage has been developed and will be installed shortly.

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

Nothing was mentioned in the highlights about Director Edgson and his update about Westside Road Heritage Signage because this was a Director item.

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

8.1 Director Edgson noted that the MOTI has given permission for signage along Westside Road.

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

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 7.5 Transportation Demand Management Establishment Amendment Bylaw No 1335

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

.pdf icon December 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Statutory Board Meeting Minutes

7.5 Regional District of Central Okanagan Transportation Demand Management Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Transportation Demand Management Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013 be adopted this 9th day of December 2013.

CARRIED

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Latest Westside Road project complete
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna - Story: 103573 - Nov 27, 2013

Westside-Kelowna MLA Christy Clark at a news conference announcing improvements to Westside Road back in July.

Paving work has been completed on a project announced by Christy Clark the morning after she was voted in as MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

Crews recently finished intermittent paving of a five kilometre stretch of Westside Road between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing.

Cost of the project was $1M.

Crews also completed paving of a one kilometre stretch of the road between Bear Creek Park and Traders Cove.

These were in addition to $5.5M in work already completed this year on a road voted the most dangerous in the province two years in a row in a survey conducted by BCAA.

Other projects completed on Westside Road in 2013 include a northbound and southbound pull-out lane and re-alignment and widening from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek, and realignment and widening with concrete roadside barrier installation at Cinnabar Creek.

Total cost of the projects was $6.5M.

“When I became the MLA for Westside-Kelowna, I promised we would work to make improvements to Westside Road,” says Clark.

“While there is more work to do, we have made significant progress in just a few months.”

.pdf icon November 25, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that he has had discussions with Kelowna Tourism and will work with them to add Westside Road and the new signage to their tourism mapping going forward.

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

Revised Regional Grant-in-Aid Policy
The Regional Board has approved a revised policy for considering Regional Grant-in-Aid requests. Among the updates, organizations must submit financial statements and a program budget with their applications and organizations that receive funding from a Regional District service will not be eligible for Regional Grant-in-Aid funds. The Board requested the review of the policy as it was concerned about the increasing number of applications and the growth in the amount of funds requested.

Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid
The Regional Board has approved the following Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid:
- Westside Road Improvement Committee - $1,500 in 2013 and $3,500 in 2014 for Historic Westside Road theme route community marking-naming signs

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

9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Central Okanagan Electoral Area West Grant In Aid ($1,500 in 2013 and $3,500 in 2014) to the Westside Road Improvement Committee for Road Signs along Westside Road (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approve a Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant in Aid up to $5000 ($1,500 in 2013 and $3,500 in 2014) to the Westside Road Improvement Committee for the placement of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approved Road Signs in seven locations along Westside Road with Central Okanagan West from Traders Cove in the south, to the northern boundary of Central Okanagan West for the main purpose of enhancing the response times of Emergency Responders through the 911 system.

CARRIED

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

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Transportation Demand Management Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No 1335 2013

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

6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 RDCO Transportation Demand Management Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 1, 2013 outlined the service review process by the Regional Board for the regional service of Transportation Demand Management. District of West Kelowna and the City of Kelowna have requested to be removed from
the establishment bylaw in light of the development with all Central Okanagan local governments agreeing to participate in the Sustainable Transportation Partnership in the Central Okanagan.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Transportation Demand Management Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.

CARRIED

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10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

b) CN Rail
It was noted that CN Rail has provided a Notice of Discontinuance of a Railway Line in the Central Okanagan. The rail will continue in the North Okanagan from Campbell Creek to Lumby. The remainder of the rail track may be abandoned. Directors Gray and Baker noted they are well aware of the issue in the City of Kelowna and Lake Country. Lake Country has it in their
OCP as a transportation corridor but does not have it currently zoned. Kelowna assures they have the sole authority for zoning. Rails for trails discussion has occurred over the years. NORD is also well aware of the issues and are keen to keep it as a recreation network and transportation corridor.

EDGSON/STACK
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to register the District's wish to preserve the corridor and in due course enter into discussion with other parties around this being of an inter-regional interest for a potential recreation/transportation corridor.

CARRIED

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Public to have say in B.C. highway speed-limit review
Transportation Friday, October 4, 2013

KAMLOOPS - The government of B.C. is reviewing speed limits on longer stretches of provincial highways between communities, and will be seeking public input starting this November as part of the process.

Public input, along with information gathered through a technical review of provincial highways, will be considered to identify areas where speed-limit changes would be appropriate.

The initial technical review is already underway. This work includes an evaluation of the latest research from around the world, as well as specific characteristics of B.C. highways, such as travel speed, safety history and the volume and mix of traffic.

Public engagement is an important part of the speed-limit review, and British Columbians will be able to have their say on rural highway speed limits at public forums in communities around the province, as well as through social media and online feedback. Forums will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Vancouver, Kelowna and Cranbrook starting in November, with additional communities added as necessary.

At the same time, government will be seeking public input as it reviews how to reduce the risk of wildlife-related crashes on rural provincial highways, and reviews how to best ensure the safe movement of slower vehicles.

The ministry will also be seeking input from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, ICBC, police and other key stakeholders. Practical recommendations from this review and a strategy for implementation will be ready in early spring 2014.

Quote:

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone -

"This review will build on the good work done on speed limits over the years by involving the public in the discussion. We want to ensure those travelling on our highways can do so as safely and efficiently as possible, and we're interested in what British Columbians have to say as our review of speed limits and other important safety issues moves forward."

A backgrounder follows.

BACKGROUNDER

Public input sought on highway safety issues

Starting this November, British Columbians will have a say on various highway safety issues. The outcome of the review will be recommendations for speed-limit adjustments to longer sections of rural highway between communities, as well as recommendations related to improving vehicle flow and preventing wildlife-related collisions.

Initial technical work is underway. The public input component of the review will happen starting this November, with technical work completed through the winter and recommendations due in spring 2014.

Speed-Limit Review:
•Public input will be sought on which highway corridors should be considered.
•The technical review includes an assessment of current travel speeds, safety history, highway alignment and traffic volume and mix.
•The review will also consider the feasibility of speed-management strategies such as seasonal speed limits and speed limits by vehicle type.

Slower Vehicles Review:
•Vehicles impeding other vehicles, (e.g. in the left lane, recreational vehicles, when towing, etc.) reduce the efficiency of the highway system and can cause driver frustration.
•Public input will be sought on what is considered a slow vehicle and corridors of concern.
•The review will examine various means of ensuring the safety of slower drivers while improving the efficiency of the highway. Best practices in signing, public education, enforcement and availability of pull-out facilities will be reviewed.

Wildlife-Corridor Review:
•Wildlife on the highway can pose a serious hazard to motorists in British Columbia.
•Public input will be sought on corridors of concern and areas where warnings could be enhanced.
•The review will identify practices that could be implemented to reduce wildlife collisions, and on which highway segments. Examples of key areas for examination include: advisory signs, wildlife-advisory speeds and the use of advanced technologies to detect and deter wildlife.

This review will build on the work done during the last review in 2003. Since 2003, the ministry has used the principles outlined in the report to make modifications to speed limits around the province including some increases on major highways such as Highway 1. The 2003 report is available on the ministry's website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/publications/eng_publications/speed_review/index.htm

Contact:

Kate Trotter
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

Transportation Minister revs up B.C. speed limit reform debate
By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News - October 04, 2013

Speed limits could go up – or down – on some provincial highways as a result of a review announced by B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone wants B.C. residents to weigh in on a potential increase in highway speed limits now under consideration.

Stone announced the formal review of speed limits Friday in Kamloops although he had previously indicated it was coming and technical work is already underway.

The Coquihalla Highway already has a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour but traffic there does an average speed of 118, while drivers routinely exceed the posted limit of 90 or 100 on many other provincial highways.

"There's no question the Coquihalla is a prime candidate for an adjustment in the speed limit," Stone said, also listing sections of Highway 1 in the Lower Mainland and around Kamloops as well as the Cariboo Connector towards Prince George.

It's been a decade since B.C. last reviewed speed limits.

Stone said any increases would involve mainly rural provincial highways between communities, not highways in urban areas of the Lower Mainland, although which specific corridors to adjust will be subject to public input.

He said a higher speed limit in some stretches of highway has been made possible by billions of dollars in major road upgrades since the last review in 2003, including 180 additional kilometres of four- or six-lane highway.

He also said vehicles are "much safer today than 10 years ago" as a result of traction stability control, anti-lock brakes and other improvements.

Stone cited a 28 per cent drop in injury-causing collisions since 2003.

And he said research increasingly suggests the greatest danger isn't necessarily speeding itself, but driving at a much different speed than most other drivers.

A minority of 15 per cent of drivers who don't keep up with the flow or who speed excessively are at greater risk of a crash than the other 85 per cent of drivers who may be going somewhat over the posted speed limit, he said.

Stone stressed decreases in the speed limit are also possible.

"This review is not about increasing speed limits, it's about making sure we have the right speed limits."

And he said there will be "no Autobahn" in B.C. where speed limits are lifted altogether.

"I am not interested in making any changes that are going to compromise the safety of motorists."

He said one option could be variable speed limits that are higher in the day and lower at night.

The review will pull in fresh research from around the world, and closely consider factors unique to B.C., like its geography and high mountain passes.

The risk of crashes with wildlife will also be a key consideration.

Bright signs that warn of wildlife at night – potentially activated by sensors that detect animals near the highway – are among various options the ministry will consider to counter that risk, particularly on highways where posted limits might rise.

Stone said other technologies being tried elsewhere include automated sirens that scare wildlife off roads in areas where they pose a frequent hazard.

The speed limit review aims to generate recommendations by next spring, when the Legislature reconvenes.

Public forums on the issue will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Cranbrook and Kelowna starting in November, with potentially more sites still to be added.

One group advocating for higher speed limits is Sense BC, which was behind a recent viral video making the case for change:

Sense BC's Ian Tootill said even a 10 kilometre an hour increase on the Coquihalla to 120 wouldn't be enough to match the prevailing speeds in summer.

"I'm not suggesting the Coquihalla should be 150 or 160 but it shouldn't be 120," he said.

Tootill argues speed limits should be set at the upper end of what's safe – allowing those who can drive that speed to legally do so – while most motorists would go slower.

Others reacting on social media argued faster speeds would compromise safety and burn more fuel.

Some cities have also advocated for a lower default speed limit on urban streets of 40 kilometres per hour instead of 50, but that idea was defeated by a majority of delegates at last month's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.

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

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

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

b) UBCM Resolutions - it was noted District of West Kelowna and Kelowna had support for their various resolutions to UBCM.
One of the issues raised at UBCM was the lack of a market to recycle fibreglass (derelict boats are sitting around the province, particularly in the Lower Mainland) and what can be done with them. The question was raised whether our waste reduction staff is aware of any programs.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT staff be directed to comment on whether they are aware of a market for recycling fibreglass, particularly in regards to derelict boats.

CARRIED

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UBCM rejects lower 40km/h default speed limit
By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News - September 20, 2013

Local government representatives vote on a long list of resolutions at their convention in Vancouver Thursday.
UBCM photo

B.C. communities won't push to lower the default speed limit to 40 kilometres per hour on residential streets.

Victoria councillors argued that pedestrian safety is paramount, but delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention defeated their motion Friday.

Cities can still vary local speed limits from the 50 km/h default on a street-by-street basis, but proponents of the lower limit also hoped the province would cover the cost of changing signs.

Advocates had warned that unless cities sign every alley and laneway at lower speeds, drivers can legally roar through them at 50 km/h.

Opponents said enforcement is the real problem.

"You can reduce the municipal speed limit to 10 kilometres per hour – it's not going to help," said Thompson-Nicola Regional District director Ken Gillis.

He said B.C. cities need a different way to ticket traffic violators without using costly and highly trained police officers.

Comox Mayor Paul Ives said it was "wishful thinking" to believe the province would pay for sign change costs and said the shift to a 40 km/h default would confuse drivers.

"We don't want this. I'm sure many other municipalities don't want this," Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said.

"If you take it to extreme, if we keep going slower and slower and slower in the name of safety, eventually we will all grind to a halt."

Kelowna waits to get its second bridge
NEWS1130 - Renee Bernard September 21, 2013

The mayor is confident a second crossing over Okanagan Lake is still a priority

KELOWNA (NEWS1130) – With news that a bridge will replace the aging Massey Tunnel, there may be other BC communities wondering when it will be their turn to get new spans.

But Kelowna’s mayor is confident a second crossing over Okanagan Lake is still a priority.

Currently, the William R. Bennett Bridge is the only one delivering Highway 97 traffic between West Kelowna and the city of Kelowna.

It’s prone to congestion and when there’s an accident, drivers have no alternative.

Mayor Walter Gray is confident the funds will be there for a second crossing.

“It was very progressive of Premier Clark to announce that the province would start studying the options and work towards a new bridge when needed, which would be in about 12 years from now,” he notes.

He says what’s more urgently needed is an extension of Highway 33 into the northern part of the city. The highway right now extends eastward out of the city.

The highway would be instrumental in feeding traffic to a new bridge, which would likely be located north of Kelowna’s downtown.

.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

050 - Transportation Demand Management
The Regional Board approved participation in the Sustainable Transportation Partnership, an intermunicipal partnership that coordinates a regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects. Through the Sustainable Transportation Partnership (STPCO) the City of Kelowna and District of West Kelowna will no longer be a part of the RDCO Transportation Demand Management service. The STPCO will assume this service at the City of Kelowna.

Bike to Work / School Week occurred May 27 to June 2,2013 and 12 Bike Rodeos were hosted in area Elementary Schools. Transit summer service reductions were implemented with service reinstatements scheduled for September. A new Rider's Guide is to be released September 4th. Transit Advertising Franchise bus shelter audit has been completed. Kelowna General Hospital TOM Plan is ongoing; a HPASS to be created with the 2014 transit expansion. SmartTRIPS Neighbourhood Travel Program: Springvalley Neighbourhood started April 6th has been completed. The program survey is to be finished and followed by the final report.

083 - Westside Transit Services
Project federal gas tax funding of more than $4.4-million was approved by the Board to be allocated toward the local government share for the purchase of new transit buses or debt servicing on buses within the Regional Transit System.

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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date June 30, 2013

The quarterly measures report, year-to-date June 30, 2013, Executive Summary was presented for information. Staff highlighted areas of note including:
• At the end of June budgets are on track. Budget revision will come forward in regards to capital costs.
• Restructuring of staff has occurred - existing and new staff.
• Trepanier Fire - paid on call reimbursement has been received from Ministry of Forests. Surplus has been reflected in revenues. The past practice is to top up paid on call wages to $30 for incident and budget remainder into reserves. Reimbursement is reflective of what other fire departments are paid for response. The question was raised whether it sets a precedent to reimburse paid-on-call at this rate? The question was raised whether the Board need to approve a policy change or is this administrative in nature? Staff noted this is within the existing budget. Need to be consistent across other communities, staff to confirm that it is consistent in the region.

OPHUS/ZIMMERMANN
THAT staff provide a report to the Board on the policy for reimbursement of paid on call emergency response for fires such as the Trepanier Fire, confirming the practice for reimbursement is consistent in the region.

CARRIED

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Talks starting on second crossing
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna - Story: 98287 - Sep 12, 2013

Premier Christy Clark is making good on one of her election promises.

While campaigning for the July 10 Westside-Kelowna byelection, Clark promised to begin discussions on a second crossing over Okanagan Lake.

“I believe it’s time for us to start planning a second crossing. Let’s get to work on it now,” Clark stated during an all-candidates forum at the Westbank Lions Hall.

During a media scrum following Wednesday's RapidBus announcement, Clark said that time is now.

"I have instructed (Transportation & Infrastructure Minister) Todd Stone to make sure to meet with Mayor Walter Gray and Mayor Doug Findlater about a second crossing," Clark stated Wednesday.

"I said when I ran in the byelection that we wanted to get on with that and that we were going to begin meeting in September so we could begin the consultation. Todd is going to begin that outreach with the mayors to make sure we can get on with it."

She expects the minister to be in touch with both mayors over the next few days to see when they are available.

"I want to get on with that consultation because it could take a while to get it right. The people of Kelowna and West Kelowna need a second crossing."

The premier also touched on other topics during her brief scrum with local media, including:

Rumoured 26% BC Hydro Rate Increases

"That's not the case. What we've seen is an early draft from BC Hydro that has never even made it to the desk of anyone in government. WAC Bennett asked a generation of British Columbians to invest in building infrastructure to grow our economy and open up our province. They did that. Now we are doing the same thing - we are growing our economy, creating a new industry in the province that is going to change the face of the place for a generation. We are doing it with the infrastructure that WAC Bennett built. First, we need to acknowledge we have to improve that infrastructure but second, the last time I became premier in 2011 the first thing BC Hydro did was plop a proposal for a 50% rate increase on my desk. We hammered it down to something much, much smaller. We are going to do that again, I promise you."

Additional Fees on Smart Meters