Highlights of the regional district board meeting, June 25, 2012.
Fiscal 2011 Financial Disclosure Schedules
The Regional Board has received the 2011 report outlining remuneration and expenses for elected officials and their alternates along with 21 staff whose remuneration was greater than $75,000. In 2011, the remuneration and benefits of all Regional District employees totalled just over $9.1-million up $249,386 (2.8%) from 2010. The report also outlines payments totalling over $29.3-million to 99 suppliers during 2011 for goods and services exceeding $25,000.
A copy is available for viewing online at regionaldistrict.com and at the Finance and Administration Services in the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.
Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw Update
The Regional Board has given second and third reading to proposed amendments to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195. The amendments are part of the annual review of the bylaw to ensure it remains consistent with Board policy and direction and that development trends are reflected. In addition, if adopted one amendment would allow applications for Secondary Suite designation, subject to certain regulations being met and approval by the Regional Board.
Agricultural Land Exclusion Referral
The Regional Board supports an application made by Tolko Industries Limited to the Agricultural Land Commission to remove a one hectare waterfront parcel from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The application was referred to the Regional Board for its consideration and comment. The property is located along Westside Road, next to Bear Creek Provincial Park and has been used since the late 50’s for various non-farm uses including log storage, sorting and boom yard activities. The proposal does not conflict with the Regional District Agricultural Plan and as the property has poor agricultural soil capability is consistent with the Agricultural Policy of the Rural Westside Official Community Plan.
May Building Statistics
During May, Development Services approved 17 building permits for a construction projects valued at $1,461,818 in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas. That compares with 14 permits issued in May of 2011 for projects valued at $914,000. So far this year, 38 permits have been approved for construction projects valued at $3.3-million. During the first five months of last year, 63 construction projects received permits in the two electoral areas for a total value of just over $5-million.