Owners of a Road 22 property north of Osoyoos are looking for permission to set up a trial outdoor storage facility.
Grant and Elaine Lyver have made application to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to use part of their five-hectare property for outdoor storage of boats and recreational vehicles to “demonstrate that the small-scale RV storage operation would not negatively impact” on the surrounding area.
They are asking for a three-year trial period, after which they expect to submit a site-specific rezoning application to request an RV storage land use be added to the list of permitted uses for the property.
According to a report prepared for discussion Thursday at the RDOS board’s regular meeting, the Lyvers already have an unauthorized — but discontinued — campground on the property alongside a principal dwelling and shop.
The storage facility would take the form of “a row of  outdoor RV storage sites that would be approximately 3.2 m wide and approximately eight metres long to accommodate seasonal storage of recreation vehicles (campers/fifth wheel trailers) and boats.”
The owners expect to provide a service to residents of the “Cottages” on Osoyoos lake who want to store their boat of RV on the site for the time they are not used.
The proposed facility would be located about 300 metres to the east of Hwy. 97 in an area “characterized by conservation lands (Ducks Unlimited) to the west and south of the subject property and similarly sized agricultural parcels to the east and north,” the report reads.
The property is currently zoned Agricultural, but is not within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). It also sits on a floodplain associated with the Okanagan River.
The application is opposed by at least one operator of an approved storage facility located in Osoyoos.
The application, however, appears to have the support of area residents, some of whom provided “permission” with signatures to a letter delivered to area properties.
The Regional District’s Development Services department is encouraging the Board deny the application.