Welcome to the website for Area F of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS)

The practical objective of this site is to increase two-way communication between you and your local government. Although the RDOS has a fully-functional website, this site is meant to be less formal and, as a consequence, more timely.  See the Area 'F' page on the official RDOS website.

Understanding the 2017 RDOS budget

One of the things I teach at Simon Fraser University is a course called Business Analytics.  Part of that course is the emerging field of "visual analytics", which is really just a fancy way of saying charts and graphs.  I personally am a big fan of charts and graphs and have been trying to create a tool to translate the massive RDOS budget into a series of pretty pictures.

Message from the West Bench Elementary Parents Advisory Committee (PAC)

Dear West Bench Community,

We have an important opportunity to let the BC gov’t know why our community school is important, and why it deserves long-term stable funding.

By the Jan. 9th deadline, the provincial gov’t has invited all community members to contribute their thoughts on the importance of our school to children and as a community asset. The responses go directly to a task force currently designing a new funding model for schools such as ours.

Please visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation/ to participate in the survey called “A Conversation about Rural Education”.

The survey contains 4 questions.

RDOS proposal unfair tax policy (Conservation Fund)

The following letter was submitted to the Penticton Herald (link here).  I had something to do with the structure of the tax to support the Conservation Fund so I feel I should respond to some of the points Mr. Llewellyn raises.  My comments are bolded below.

Re: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s proposed Bylaw No. 2690, 2016.

After spending 40 years dealing with property appraisal, assessment administration and tax policy issues the RDOS’s new tax on all of us is flawed. As a past president of the International Association of Assessing Officers, I strongly recommend every resident of the RDOS oppose the quiet introduction of this bylaw for the following reasons:

Cattle guard is gone

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure removed the Bartlett cattle guard today.  We asked on behalf of some residents but it was MoTI's decision.

The cattle guard was completely unnecessary due to the PIB's new fence configuration and cattle guard adjacent to the Westhills Aggregates entrance (see previous posting).  Ours was a cattle guard with no fence attached to it. It did absolutely zero to stop the horses.  Instead it was just a nuisance for motorists, cyclists, and nearby residents alike.

On the positive side, it served as a pretty effective speed bump and waker-upper (especially on frosty mornings if you hit it while still cornering).  Hopefully folks will continue to moderate their speed as they approach the intersection with Lambert.

Patient Care Tower construction

Interior Health has a webcam (click image below) just in case you want to check on the progress of the new Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower.

This will be much more interesting once the project is complete and they time-lapse the images.  Until then the webcam provides a quick and easy way to check the weather in Penticton!

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Area F Official Community Plan Review

Just a heads-up: A call is out to consultants to conduct the Area F OCP review.  According to the document, the projected start date for public consultation is the end of January, 2017.  Although we rely on the successful proponent to design and implement an appropriate engagement strategy, public input is a big part of every OCP review.  You might want to start thinking about what you want your community to look like over the next 20 years: things that should change, things that should not change, and so on.

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