Council wants input

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District asked to run land use permits by council

Spallumcheen council considers it a valid request from staff.

The township voted unanimously on a staff recommendation that before the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District issues temporary use permits for operations that land just beyond the Spallumcheen boundaries, the CSRD should run the requests by council.

“I think we should be getting information on temporary use permits before they’re granted so we know what, if any, fallout could be,” said Coun. Todd York. “It would sure be nice to know what’s coming down.”

The recommendation came after staff was asked to respond to two referrals for temporary use permits at Salmon Valley and Ranchero-Deep Creek.

Township chief administrative officer Greg Betts said the referrals from CSRD should be referred to Spallumcheen council for comments “due to the potential wide scope of options for operations that may be permitted to operate on lands not currently zoned for that specific use.”

“This would be due to potential negative impacts on the township’s residents in relation to nuisances, disturbances or other objectionable situations,” said Betts. “As well as increased traffic impacting the township’s extensive road networks.”

An example York gave was a temporary use permit for gravel extraction.

“We wouldn’t know if it’s taking place just off our boundary until it happens,” said York. “I think it’s something we should find out beforehand.”