Director’s motion gains board support

Area “D” Director Tom Siddon put forward a notice of motion at the August 7 regular board meeting proposing a siting policy for cell towers

  • Aug. 12, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Regional District Okanagan Similkameen Area “D” Director Tom Siddon put forward a notice of motion at the August 7 regular board meeting proposing a siting policy for cellular and large utility towers.

Saying he was “haunted by the Fortis transmission towers lining the east shoreline of Skaha Lake, Siddon wanted to see new policy prepared by staff that would provide the directors with tools to regulate placement of communications towers.  A 70 metre cell tower is currently being proposed for the upper Carmi area, which is in Siddon’s electoral area.

Naramata Director Karla Kozakevich commented on a current issue in the community of Naramata with respect to a 40 metre cellular tower proposed for construction  in the vicinity of the KVR trail, while Area “G” Director Angelique Wood reminded the board of the issues in Hedley regarding the placement of a Telus tower in that community last year. She further reminded the board of a siting template the board adopted in 2013, telling the board the 35 page document contained the tools needed by the planning department.

 

Penticton Director Gary Litke agreed  with the need for the board to get involved in tower placement decisions, referring to communications towers as “techno-obscenities.”

 

The board moved to request RDOS planning staff be “requested to develop a new tower siting policy and procedural guidelines to be followed during the review of proposals for wireless radio towers and large utility towers in proximity to residential areas; this policy to consider the potential for both visual and electro-magnetic disturbances, and the degree of negative impact on adjacent property values resulting therefrom.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Playgrounds to reopen across the Okanagan on June 1

After nearly two months closure, playgrounds are set to reopen

100 miles in 24 hours: a B.C. man’s mission to support the less fortunate

Merritt’s Darius Sam felt he needed to help his community after an encounter with a struggling woman

COLUMN: Diminished Parliament means diminished accountability for Canadians

Bloc Quebecois and NDP use resumption of parliament as bargaining chip

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Flood watch for Salmon River upgraded as high temperatures, rain forecast

Shuswap Emergency Program warns residents to prepare now for possible extreme flooding

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

RCMP request public’s help in locating missing Salmon Arm man

Ken Derkach is a familiar face to many, one of the city’s residents who is without a home

Booze on Kelowna beaches? Mayor says ‘not at the moment’

Mayor Colin Basran says alcohol in public spaces is not on council’s radar right now — but that could change

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

VIDEO: Police look for suspect seen tripping elderly woman in Burnaby

The elderly woman was walking near the SkyTrain station when she was randomly tripped

Drunk man on a dirt bike and prohibited drivers without insurance keep Shuswap RCMP busy

Other calls resulted in excessive speed tickets and the arrests of two prohibited drivers

Most Read