Council wants say at Star

Vernon continues to want a role in development at Silver Star.

Vernon continues to want a role in development at Silver Star.

City council has indicated that it wants to remain part of the Silver Star planning and building service at the North Okanagan Regional District.

“It’s a good thing to have a say on a community in our watershed,” said Coun. Shawn Lee.

“There’s lots of development there and it’s good to have a voice.”

Lumby, Enderby and Coldstream are interested in withdrawing from the service which includes development permits, development variance permits, rezonings and official community plan amendments.

Staff recommended to council that Vernon remain at the NORD table.

“People are using our roads to get there and people are staying or shopping in Vernon when they go to Silver Star for holidays,” said Kim Flick, planning and building services manager.

“It is highly desirable that Vernon have a role in these planning matters as the future of Silver Star can have a direct impact on both commercial services and infrastructure in Vernon.”

However, there are some concerns about participating in the function.

“What about the costs of an official community plan update, which can be significant depending on the scope?” said Flick.

In 2009, Vernon paid $20,719 towards the Silver Star function and that cost could increase if some jurisdictions withdraw.

Coun. Jack Gilroy believes the financial investment is necessary so Vernon can vote on development issues at the Star.

“What happens up there impacts us,” he said.

“All of our roads go up there. We need to know what’s going on.”