By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos Council took first steps Monday toward allowing a “craft distillery” and tasting room on the site of the Stutters building on Lakeshore just off Highway 3.
The zoning amendment bylaw to allow a small-scale distillery got first and second readings and a public hearing is scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
According to a report from senior planner Dilys Huang, such a business would “enhance the tourism industry, broaden economic activities and promote a mix of uses in the community.”
The developer, Tumbleweed Spirits, plans to produce and bottle small batch liquors, primarily vodka and gin, using ingredients from the South Okanagan and elsewhere in B.C.
RDOS tax bill jumps slightly
Osoyoos residents will pay on average about five dollars more this year for the town’s share of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen budget.
The regional assessment on an average Osoyoos home will be $152, RDOS finance manager Sandy Croteau told council Monday.
The largest portion of the Osoyoos share of the regional budget is $75 for Sun Bowl Arena. Regional services cost $44, Sterile Insect Release program and the Okanagan Basin Water Board charges are $22 and the price of the proposed new museum building is $11.
Meeting planned to explain water twinning
A public information meeting will be held “in the next two or three weeks” to explore a drinking water project made possible by a $2.5 million federal Gas Tax Fund grant announced last week.
The recent grant will cover the first of five phases, which will eventually supply domestic water to 450 users in the rural area at a cost of about $11 million.
Mayor Sue McKortoff asked staff to produce a map detailing just where the project will be built. She said the current phase involves properties north of the town.