Human settlement policies highlight discussion of regional growth strategy

Regional district board discussion over RGS policy


The regional district board discussed the human settlement policies aspect of their sub-regional growth strategy at the Nov. 3 board meeting.

The discussion allowed staff to further their understanding of the board’s philosophy and goals with respect to population growth in the regional district.

From the outset, it was stressed that the meeting was “not about tinkering” with the RGS. Neither the board nor staff have any plans to amend the bylaw at this time.

The discussion for the most part centred around such items as the definition of “infill,” as it applies to the RGS and the idea that exceptions to the bylaw may come before the board, and be acceptable to them.

“It’s a good thing that we can make changes  – not everything fits into a cookie cutter template,” observed Area “B” Director George Hanson.

“We are trying to reduce urban sprawl,” noted Area “D” Director Bill Schwarz. “If we can’t make exceptions, then the board wouldn’t be needed.”

The board concluded the discussion by generally agreeing that their was some opportunity within the RGS for consideration of small subdivisions “with idiosyncracies.”


Just Posted

Keremeos man says stem cell therapy changed his life

Darryl Brewer says he went from being immobile with chronic pain to leading an active lifestyle

Penticton resident’s dog allegedly stolen from construction site

Nicholas Bozak is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Askem, his 17 month old mastiff chow

Experience the music at the 97 South Song Sessions in Penticton

Songwriters Tim Nichols, Jimmy Yeary, Jessica Mitchell and Bob DiPiero to perform intimate concert

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy, showers expected

Environment Canada is predicting a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow and a sunny weekend across the Okanagan

Okanagan society sends seniors, shut-ins on boat excursions

Okanagan Quality Life Society has been providing Okanagan Lake boat rides for nearly 30 years

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

Arrest made in vandalism of the former home of man charged with South Okanagan murders

RCMP confirmed one person has been arrested in relation to the alleged vandalism

Respected wildlife artist in the Okanagan dies

According to a post by his family, Terry Isaac died on July 16

Two Okanagan robbers have been court charged

Paul Davis Houle and Tyler Brice Rathbone face break and enter charges

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Most Read