Cosens Bay community residents are pushing for upgrades to the road through Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Cosens Bay community residents are pushing for upgrades to the road through Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Directors remain firm against Cosens Bay Road plans

A request from the Cosens Bay Property Owners Society is shot down by the regional district

Local politicians refuse to budge from opposition to plans for Cosens Bay Road.

On Wednesday,Regional District of North Okanagan directors turned down a request from the Cosens Bay Property Owners Society to support a Ministry of Transportation bid to have a 20-metre right-of-way removed from Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park so safety and maintenance issues can be addressed along the road.

“I haven’t heard anything compelling that changes what we discussed,” said director Juliette Cunningham.

Directors took a stance April 1 when they adopted a motion opposing a right-of-way greater than what is needed for safety and drainage measures.

CBPOS has stated the right-of-way would allow the transportation ministry to manage the road, which services residents of the Cosens Bay community as well as park users.

However, some Greater Vernon residents have protested the plan, saying the right-of-way will negatively impact the park’s ecosystem and could lead to further development at Cosens Bay.

Director Hank Cameron suggested that a decision on the CBPOS’ request be deferred.

“It would be better to hear from B.C. Parks until we discuss it,” he said.

But Cunningham questions why RDNO has even sought a delegation from B.C. Parks on the right-of-way issue.

“It’s clear B.C. Parks won’t be giving us an opinion. That’s not their role,” she said.

“They can’t say anything. They are following a process.”