Residents of Electoral Area “D-1”’ (Kaleden-Apex), in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), are invited to participate on an Official Community Plan (OCP) Citizen’s Committee Electoral Area ‘D-1’ is situated on the west side of Skaha Lake and incudes areas in and around Kaleden, Apex, Twin Lakes, St Andrews, Marron Valley, and Farleigh Lake.
“We are looking for a broad range of community members to provide insight, vision, enthusiasm and commitment to this process”, states Electoral Area “D”Director, Tom Siddon. “It is a great opportunity for residents to help shape the future direction of their community”. It is expected that it will take about two years to complete this project with ample opportunities for public consultation.
The current OCP was originally adopted in 1999 and since then there have been a number of changes to both the plan, and to the community it serves. Significantly, the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) was adopted in 2010 which designates Kaleden, Twin Lakes and Apex as rural (secondary) growth areas. Future expansion of the RDOS Okanagan Falls sewage treatment plant into the Kaleden area will also impact future growth potential. The Penticton Indian Band (PIB) lands are located within Electoral Area “D-1” area and the RDOS looks forward to working in conjunction with PIB.
These factors present new opportunities for the Regional Board to review its policies and develop an OCP that sets a clear direction for building a strong and sustainable community.
Application forms for interested members are available on the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) as well, there is a Terms of Reference for the citizen’s committee on the site. Both documents are also available in hard copy at the RDOS office in Penticton.
For more information, please contact Evelyn Riechert, Planner, at 250-492-4204.