Councillors target Cosens Bay proposal

Coldstream politicians are stepping up their opposition to possible changes to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Coldstream politicians are stepping up their opposition to possible changes to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Council will write a letter about the Ministry of Transportation’s bid for a 20-metre right-of-way along Cosens Bay Road and specifically about a utility corridor beyond municipal boundaries.

“We need to list the impacts it will have now that we know that utilities is a concern (part of the proposal),” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

There has been some suggestion that the right-of-way, if approved and removed from the park, could be used to extend utilities to the Cosens Bay community south of the park.

“What impact will it have on our existing infrastructure such as water and sewer?” said Garlick, adding that any future development at Cosens Bay could place pressure on roads within Coldstream

The Ministry of Environment will make an ultimate decision on the Ministry of Transportation’s park boundary adjustment application.

A B.C. Parks spokesperson recently stated that his office is neutral during the application process but that hasn’t gone over well with Coun. Gyula Kiss.

“They are supposed to be speaking up for the park and if they are neutral, who speaks up for the park?” he said.

The Ministry of Transportation says a 20-metre right-of-way needs to be removed from the park so safety and maintenance issues can be addressed.

However, Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan have  opposed the plan, saying the right-of-way will negatively impact the park’s ecosystem.