Region makes UBCM agenda

A grassroots initiative from Coldstream is making it to the provincial stage, along with a number of other local issues.

The upcoming Union of B.C. Municipalities  annual convention in Vancouver will feature several resolutions that have evolved from local concerns.

Coldstream is taking the concerns of some local farmers to the provincial meeting Sept. 27 to 30 with a resolution regarding farm assessments.

“We actually have a resolution going to the floor that has to do with agriculture,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

The resolution asks that the list of permissible agricultural products be expanded for B.C. Assessments. Several Coldstream farmers raised concerns recently that the list is currently too restrictive.

“It’s huge. It’s coming from Coldstream and it’s going to affect farm assessments throughout the province,” said Besso, who is attending the UBCM convention along with Mayor Jim Garlick.

Other local resolutions that could be implemented provincially include:

n Crime preventions program – Armstrong

n BCLC revenue allocation – Enderby

n Trading water rights, ground water regulation and agricultural water reserve, enforcement of development permits – Lake Country

n Brownfield sites – Lumby

n Development cost charges for solid waste infrastructure, regulation and protection of use of waterways, buy local B.C. tree fruit, buy local agricultural products program – Regional District of North Okanagan

n B.C. water act modernization, business class exemption, RAR variance protocol update, medical marijuana license regulations – Vernon


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