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.

West Bench: Traditionalists versus Industrialists

Just in case you think the stakes are low in an OCP review, I thought I should make everyone aware of an emerging controversy on the West Bench: Traditionalists versus Industrialists. Although both views are complex and serious, I can sketch them as follows:

Neighborhoods: 

Area F Official Community Plan Review

This thread is used to hold information about the 2017 Area F Official Community Plan review. The main RDOS site also has a section dedicated to the review: Area F OCP Review

The purpose of the thread on this site is to provide a more informal mechanism for sharing information, voicing concerns, and finding out what is going on.  For example, this site allows you to post comments (the main RDOS site does not).  You will see directly below this message a hierarchy of links to information (as it evolves and becomes available).

An OCP review is a long process.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments as we go along.

OCP Review Citizens Committee

A Citizens Committee of approximately two dozen Area F residents has been created to help guide the OCP review process (recall the January call for applications).  The role of the committee is 

[...] as a community sounding board and as communication agents to talk to their neighbours and friends, etc.  We don’t expect them to go through policy by policy but to advise on the larger picture goals.

Members of the committee were selected to represent a cross-section of Area F residents in terms of:

  1. geographic location within the electoral area
  2. demographics (age, gender, etc.)

 

May 2017 Sage Mesa system boil water notice

The Sage Mesa water system is on a boil water notice.  See here:

Why?  The Sage Mesa does not filter or otherwise treat its water beyond dosing it with chlorine.  Chlorine is less effective when the water is turbid.  Below is a photo of Okanagan Lake near the Sage Mesa water system intake:

Issues: 

May 2017 flooding

The main RDOS site has a page for its Emergency Operations Centre:

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/

You can check this for the most recent updates about flooding in the the RDOS.  It also has contact information for getting sandbags.

The RDOS emergency management page has some advice on dealing with flooding (about half-way down the page):

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/community-services/emergencyprotective-services/emergency-management/

 

Faulder Water System April 2017 update

From RDOS Public Works:

Currently we have one uranium removal canister online. The results are very promising as our uranium levels to date have all been below the maximum allowable. Our bacterial results have also been good.  We will be brining on a second canister next week. After some monitoring and as long as the results follow the current trend we will discuss removal of the water advisory with the IHA.

 

The issue at this point is that the operator of the public water system (RDOS Public Works) has to convince the regulator (Interior Health) that the system is safe.  This requires some time to collect sufficient data.

Issues: 
Neighborhoods: 

Organics, carts, and landfills

The Campbell Mountain Landfill is the destination landfill for Penticton and most of Area F (rural Summerland uses the Summerland landfill).  The landfill itself is owned by the City of Penticton but leased by the RDOS on behalf of a slightly larger service area that includes Penticton but also Naramata, West Bench, and so on.  The RDOS, in turn, pays a contractor to manage the landfill.

(photo iNFOnews.ca)

There are two things I need to acknowledge about the landfill before talking about new initiatives:

West Bench Hill Road

Here we go again: Anyone who doubts the instability of West Bench soils should take a look at the new dip on West Bench Hill Road.  This dip is in a slightly different place than the previous large dip.  A few things to know about this problem:

Moorage of M.V. Fintry off Kickininee Provincial Park

Just a heads-up: The RDOS has been asked to comment on a proposal for the temporary moorage of the Fintry Queen in Okanagan Lake off Area F.

  1. The proposed management plan can be found here
  2. RDOS staff report to Area F APC

 

The RDOS is not the decision maker, the Province of BC is.  Howerver, like the PIB, we may be considered stakeholders and are being asked to comment.  Please let me know (or leave a comment below) if you have any strong views one way or another on this proposal.

 

 

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