Lobelia Dr. subdivision proposes
17 small-lot family dwellings

Yet another 17 family dwellings on smaller lots are in the works after Council gave two readings to a zoning amendment bylaw that would provide for a subdividing of a property at the south end of the community.

“The property is currently zoned R1 – Single Family Residential, which would allow for subdivision into single family residential lots,” explained Don McArthur, the Town’s Senior Planner.

“The applicant is proposing to subdivide the parcel into 17 small lots.

He noted the Lobelia Drive property had previously been used for agricultural purposes and that native vegetation on a large portion of the property has been removed or disturbed, “with the exceptions of Sonora Pond and some areas of the banks around the pond.”

An application to remove the land from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was made by the applicant in 2018 and Council subsequently resolved to support the application. The subject property was released from the ALR by the Agricultural Land Commission last October.

The property includes the northern section of Sonora Pond, which has been identified as habitat for endangered, threatened and special concern species, including the Blotched Tiger Salamander, Great Basin Spadefoot Toad and Painted Turtle.

A barrier would be required to keep pond wildlife from entering the subdivision.

Child Centre given permission to expand

The Osoyoos Child Care Centre has the Town’s blessing to go after provincial grant funding to enable an addition to its 89 Street facility.

Council passed two resolutions Monday afternoon that opens the door for the facility to add an additional 3,200 sq. ft. of space over two floors that would include three bathrooms, kitchen Storage,  landscaping and furniture.

The Centre has a 99-year lease with the Town, but pays all associated operations, maintenance and improvement costs.

The Centre also has to carry $5 million in liability insurance

“Currently, there is waitlist to enroll a child in the Centre’s program,” Council was told.

Regional District asks for $53,000 more from Osoyoos ratepayers

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is looking for an additional $52,958 from Osoyoos ratepayers in 2019 — an increase that will cost the average household $11.08 more than in 2018.

The annual requisition — which provides for regional services such as transit, emergency planning, solid waste management and mosquito control delivered in the community — will increase to $829,397 in 2019.

Council requested a RDOS representative visit with Council to explain the tax increases.

Model craft will continue to soar at airport

The Penticton Model Aviation Club will be soaring again over the Osoyoos Airport after Council extended a Use Agreement for another one-year term.

Council heard there have been no issues in the past with the use of the Airport by the club since it started using the airport location in 2013.

Insurance is provided through the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada in the amount of $7.5 million for Bodily Injury and Property Damage and $1 million in Tenant Liability, CAO Barry Romanko told Council.

“There is no fee being charged to the group as there are no direct expenses to the town. All other terms of the previous agreement remain the same.”

Council gives thumbs up to Fire Master Plan

Council gave its endorsement to a Fire Master Plan completed as an organizational planning and implementation document.

Key recommendations of the study include the hiring a full time fire chief, increased training, greater attention to details in records management, a review of fees paid to paid on-call firefighters, the immediate replacement of a fire truck and greater attention to fire prevention, fire regulation and bylaw enforcement and education activities.

“First and foremost, the plan identifies that the Osoyoos Community has a lot to be proud of in the operations of the fire department,” said CAO Barry Romanko. “Strengths exist in the facilities, equipment, recent restructuring of governance and the commitment of the firefighters to the paid on-call system.”

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