RDEK Board Highlights - October 2019
New Official Community Plan for Lake Windermere Goes to Public Hearing
The Board gave first and second reading to Bylaw No. 2929, a new OCP for the Lake Windermere area. The new plan will replace the 2008 OCP and contains updated polices for land use in the area. A public hearing on Bylaw No. 2929 will be held at 7:30pm, October 23 at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Andrew McLeod 250-489-2791 Planning & Development Services Manager
Community Works Fund Grant Approved for Theatre/ Mission Road and Hwy 95A Intersection Project
The Board has approved a $120,000 Community Works Fund grant for the Highway 95A - Theatre/Mission Road Intersection Project. The $1.39 million project is an initiative of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and City of Cranbrook and will see traffic signals installed to improve safety and traffic flow.
Contact: Rob Gay 250-489-4242 Board Chair
Application to be Submitted for Cold Spring Creek Debris Flow Mitigation Project
An application will be submitted to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, Structural Flood Mitigation Stream (SFMS) for the Cold Spring Creek Debris Flood Mitigation Project. Northwest Hydraulic Consultants has completed an assessment on the creek and recommends constructing a large debris trap adjacent to the existing irrigation reservoir and channel improvements downstream of the reservoir. Since 2013, there have been three debris flow events on Cold Spring Creek including one this August. If approved, up to $750,000 of the estimated $900,000 project could be funded by the SFMS grant.
Contact: Brian Funke 250-489-2791 Engineering Services Manager
FireSmart Funding Sought
The RDEK will submit a grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Program for $150,000 for FireSmart education, interagency cooperation, emergency planning and FireSmart activities in the RDEK.
Contact: Sanford Brown 250-489-2791 Building & Protective Services Manager
Area B Intersection Lighting Service Area Gets Three Readings
The Board has given three readings to the Electoral Area B Intersection Lighting Service Establishment Bylaw. The Bylaw would expand the Jaffray and Area Intersection Lighting Service to allow for the installation of intersection lights at four additional intersections in Area B. It has been submitted to the Ministry for required approvals and, if approved by the Province, will come back to the Board for adoption. Contact: Tina Hlushak 250-489-2791 Deputy Corporate Officer
New Fire Trucks Approved for Purchase
The Board has approved the purchase of two fire tenders for Windermere and Fairmont Fire Departments and one fire engine for the Edgewater Fire Department. The costs to purchase the trucks will be included in the 2020 budget. Contact: Sanford Brown 250-489-2791 Building & Protective Services Manager
Two New Parks to Become Part of Regional Parks Plan
The Board has approved the designation of two new parks in the Regional Parks Plan. St. Mary Lake Park is located in Area E and is now fully operational. Waldo Cove Park is located in Area B in the Lake Koocanusa area and is still in development. Contact: Andrew McLeod 250-489-2791 Planning & Development Services Manager
Discretionary Grants in Aid (DGIA) The following organizations will receive grants:
• The District of Sparwood will receive $5,000 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account for its Youth Archery Range.
• The Blue Lake Forest Education Society will receive $5,000 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account for Phase One of the Joseph Creek Fish Action Plan. • Fairmont Community Association will receive $1,200 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account for the 2019 FireSmart Community Ed and Clean Up project
• The Radium Hot Springs Public Library will receive $1,500 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account and the Invermere Public Library will receive $1,500 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account for their Community Technology Hub Projects
• The Windermere Valley Ski Club will receive $3,000 from the Electoral Area F DGIA and $1,600 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts for the purchase of new timing and race equipment.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
651 Highway 93/95, Windermere BC
Bylaw No. 2929 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2929, 2019.”
Open Houses - Draft Solid Waste Management Plan
As part of the ongoing consultation period on the Draft Solid Waste Management Plan, there will be open houses from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm (with brief overview presentations at 2:30pm and 6:30pm) on the following three dates:
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Kanata Inn 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere BC
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Park Place Lodge 742 Highway 3, Fernie BC
Thursday, October 24, 2019 Manual Training Centre 202 Kootenay Street North, Cranbrook BC
Open House - Panorama and Area Official Community Plan - presentation of the draft Official Community Plan
Monday, December 30, 2019 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Panorama Fire Hall - Training Room - 2340 Springs Cr. Rd, Panorama BC