Council gives quick final approval
to range of bylaw changes

Osoyoos Council Monday wrapped up its second-to-last regular meeting prior to the October 20 municipal election, disposing of several issues with minimal discussion and little fanfare.

Much of the discussion — and public comment — had come at previous meetings and hearings, leaving few questions for administration to answer as Council powered through its afternoon agenda in just over an hour.

Among issues Council tackled Monday:

  • With few questions, Council adopted a zoning amendment that adds car wash and oil change service stations as permitted uses in C2 (Shopping Centre Commercial) and C2s (Shopping Centre Commercial site specific) zones. The change paves the way for a proposal to build a drive-thru car wash and oil change service station at the Gateway Plaza.
  • Council gave third reading to a contentious Foreshore and Lake Zoning Bylaw package that brought considerable opposition at a public hearing held Sept. 17 as it proposes to restrict the placing of boat lifts in Osoyoos Lake.
  • Three readings were given to a Housing Agreement Bylaw Amendment that softens requirements for its Near Market Housing program but also requires all owners of properties sold over the next 15 years — including four homes being built in the Meadowlark subdivision — to own the property for at least five years.
  • Council adopted a Zoning Amendment Bylaw that will allow for a mix of restricted general industrial uses and tenant residences on an Airport-area lot. The proposed rezoning, brought by businessman JF Launier, is expected to allow for seven new business startup opportunities in the community.

Council also accepted as information an Urban Forestry Plan prepared by CTQ Consulting, engaged by the Town to deliver information on how to “protect and enhance the Osoyoos urban forest,” and gave pre-budget approval for an $87,000 washroom project for the West Bench recreation complex, which includes pickleball and tennis courts.

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