Bylaw targets gravel removal

The Regional District of North Okanagan is looking at amending the country residential zone to prohibit extraction of minerals

Gravel extraction is getting a rocky response in the BX.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is looking at amending the country residential zone to prohibit extraction of minerals in the BX-Swan Lake and BX-Silver Star areas.

However, the provincial government, not RDNO, will mandate whether gravel extraction occurs.

“We can provide input but the responsibility rests with the ministry,” said director Bob Fleming, who supports the bylaw because of residents’ concerns about gravel activity.

“It could be a tool to slow the process down and allow residents to have some input.”

GMO concerns addressed

Cherryville and rural Lumby are making it known that they don’t like genetically modified organisms.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has given first reading to an official community plan amendment to include policies regarding GMOs.

“We’re not restricting anything. We’re just putting in a statement about them,” said director Eugene Foisy, adding that RDNO does not have the authority to ban GMOs.

A number of outside agencies will be consulted on the initiative before further approval of the bylaw is considered.

Vernon defends its neighbours

Vernon is ensuring the interests of its neighbours are protected.

City representatives have insisted that Regional District of North Okanagan bylaws reflect the existing voting structure for Greater Vernon parks and recreation.

“It should be two,” said director Bob Spiers of Coldstream’s membership at the table.

Bylaws are being revised because of restructuring to the function and they had only referred to one Coldstream director when the municipality has had two.

RDNO members have agreed to amend the bylaw so two Coldstream directors are mentioned.