Cherryville wants marsh protected

RDNO will ask the Ministry of Transportation not to proceed with development of Mitchell Road.

It’s a road only on paper and Cherryville residents want to keep it that way.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board will ask the Ministry of Transportation not to proceed with development of a right-of-way known as Mitchell Road.

“We want to protect the wet basin of Dutchman Creek and the adjacent springs and wetlands,” said director Hank Cameron.

“It’s quite a significant tributary of Cherry Creek. The road would create environmental degradation.”

RDNO decided to write the Ministry of Transportation while agreeing to forward a property subdivision request on Highway 6 to the Agricultural Land Commission.

If the subdivision of the 63-hectare parcel proceeds, the ministry would require dedication of roads there.

“Both Mitchell Road and Campbell Road may require additional dedication,” said Marnie Skobalski, RDNO planner, in a report.

“Campbell Road is existing so that dedication would be 10 metres from the centre line. Mitchell Road is unconstructed at this point so it would require an additional 10 metres dedication subject to ALC approval as the road does not currently exist.”