Coldstream is open for business.
The central Coldstream area (town centre) is ready for development, should any interested businesses come knocking. Although there hasn’t been any interest yet, Mayor Jim Garlick would like to see a doctor or dentist move in.
“I think services for the community. And possibly if you could get something like a bakery or butcher shop.”
Such services would better serve the residents, something Coldstream is also working on for its aging population.
“We’ve been working with Coldstream Meadows to get more beds,” said Garlick of Interior Health-funded residential care beds.
“It’s all there, we’ve zoned it all and have it ready to go. The demand is there.”
One area of that continues to lag is the Trintec development next to the regional district office as it continues to seek an anchor tenant.
“They’re looking for people to go into it,” said Garlick, as much of the Ministry of Transportation involvement has been settled.
East of the core population, in Lavington, the Pinnacle pellet plant is settling in and making adjustments.
“They’ve done a lot of work with noise in the area,” said Garlick, as there are resident concerns of noise, light and air pollution.
The Ministry of Environment has also installed an air quality monitor in the area and stack testing is also to take place.
Although there are still concerns about the stockpiling of sawdust, Garlick reminds residents that the piles have been growing regionally due to the lack of a facility to process the material.
“You didn’t have any place to take it until now,”
Coldstream also welcomed the new Greater Vernon Athletics Park at Okanagan College in 2015.
“Every day I take that way to work and every day there’s people on it,” said Garlick.
“It’s a great improvement to the Greater Vernon area.”
He is pleased that a decision has been made on twinning the ice at Kal Tire Place and says the public will likely be approached for approval with future projects.
“I can see that we’re going to be doing that with other things like the art gallery and museum.”
The public’s opinion is being drawn on through the master water plan stakeholders advisory committee as the region moves forward in improving water.
“We have to meet certain standards,” said Garlick, who has been talking with the province to get more funding. “These improvements are expensive, there is no really cheap way to do it.”
Garlick, who has held his position as mayor for seven years now, is excited to see the rail trail moving ahead. Combined with the work BX-Swan Lake director Bob Fleming has championed with a trail under construction near the Kalamalka Lake lookout, residents will have a loop to enjoy.
But the added attractions to Kalamalka Lake has Garlick calling for a redesign at the Kal Beach parking lot, which is under the Regional District of North Okanagan.
Within Coldstream’s operations, a $1 million annual roads target is being worked on as well as plans for the Women’s Institute Hall.
“We need to make sure that the hall stays up and running,” said Garlick, who would like to see a fund created that both the district and residents can contribute to. “We need to decide the future of the building.”
Coldstream hopes to complete the update its official community plan in 2016 and will also be looking at part of its zoning bylaw.
“I think it’s been decades since anything’s been done to it,” said Garlick.