The City of Vernon will wade into plans for an Okanagan Lake marina despite a request to sit on the sidelines.
Council will advise the Outback strata corporation that the city will provide a response to the proposed marina on Eastside Road once the matter is referred by B.C. Lands.
“There are some residents who have concerns about expanding the marina so there is an opportunity to provide feedback with input from the residents,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.
In a letter to the city, the Outback strata corporation states that B.C. Lands will make the decision over installation of a marina.
“To facilitate this process, we are requesting a letter from your office indicating the city’s position on this mater,” said Sidney Hanson, with the strata corporation.
“From discussions, we understand the city will not engage in the decision making process, deferring the decision to B.C. Lands where the authority for this decision resides.”
The corporation goes on to suggest wording for a letter from the city: “With respect to the Outback marine application, the City of Vernon will not consider a referral from B.C. Lands as the city does not have jurisdiction with respect to this approval and therefore will not engage in the decision making process.”
However, city administration recommended to council that it not waive its standard practice of considering referrals from the provincial government because of concerns regarding the marina proposal.
“The city does receive referrals from Front Counter B/C. and does provide comment, primarily on any potential impacts on infrastructure, the official community plan, the master transportation plan and other applicable plans and policies,” said Kim Flick, director of community development, in a report.
“In this case, the Outback Resort development plan applies to the area and refers to docks, walkways and paths along the lake. While the city doesn’t make the decision, these comments are considered by the province in its evaluation and decision making.”