by Dave Preston
A new zipline adventure park up Princeton Avenue earlier this month by the Province of B.C. but municipal staff are not convinced the proponent went far enough when it comes to environmental assessments.
Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting agenda includes a report from the Planning and Development Services Department that details staff concerns with what it says is insufficient information.
Zipline Adventures Ltd. received a 10-year license of occupation for a 48-acre property near the intersection of Brenda Mine Road and the Headwaters Road to build and operate a seven-line zipline adventure area. Application was made through Front Counter BC, which asked for input from the District of Peachland.
In answer, the district said it did not support the venture until the proponent completed a formal planning study and reports concerning the impact of the project on Peachland.
“Our staff have reviewed the document and have found the document insufficient int erms of addressing the required issues,” states the staff report.
Issues noted by staff include:
- No analysis related to the impact of operations on the watershed;
- No indication that IHA requirements will be met;
- There was a reference made to thinning of vegetation for fire fuel load management but no reference made to completing a Wildfire Management Plan prepared by a qualified professional forester;
- The report was done by a qualified environmental professional.
There is no indication that the District of Peachland has any further influence on the project, which is set to open in 2011 outside of municipal boundaries.