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Cattle guard is gone

  • Posted on: 22 November 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

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

  • Posted on: 6 November 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

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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What does a hectare look like?

  • Posted on: 14 October 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

I have had some questions about the "one hectare rule", which was enacted sometime around 2010 at the insistence of the Province of BC. The rationale behind the rule was an increase in septic system failures in residential neighborhoods.  The problem is especially dangerous/expensive for properties located near lakes and other sources of drinking water.  We face a slightly different problem on the West Bench: silty and unstable soils.  Indeed, we just about lost a front end loader in a sinkhole while doing work in Mariposa Park.

 At bottom, the rule means that the minimum parcel sizes specified in the zoning bylaws are subject to "servicing requirements" (basically sewer and adequate water).  Lots without sewer require a septic system and the minimum parcel size for a conventional septic system is now 1 Ha (or about 2.5 acres).

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