Dock collides with district bylaw

Just as Coldstream is steering towards more control on Kalamalka Lake, a local development is aiming to expand its presence on the water.

The Kallinish on Kidston Road is proposing a new dock at the property which would extend 49.1 metres out onto the lake into a ‘T’ which would be 26.65 metres wide.

The new dock would replace the existing dock which is smaller in size at 41 metres long by 16 metres wide, but would have the same amount of boat slips – 19.

“Unless we do what we need to do to make this safer, someone will get hurt,” said Alan Gaudette, on the Kallinish strata council and new dock committee.

“The old dock is noisy, it’s unstable, it’s structurally unsafe, it’s unsound and because of its condition it’s now uninsurable.”

The new dock is also necessary to ensure adequate water depth for boats.

Technically, Coldstream has no jurisdiction over docks and moorage. But the district is working on a bylaw that would give it more control over such water features. When the bylaw is adopted, the new dock at Kallinish (and the old one for that matter) will not meet the size restrictions of 40 metres long by 10 metres wide.

Gaudette points out that the restrictions are essentially for single-resident docks, not multi-family structures such as this one.

“The alternative, if we can’t do this, is multiple docks and that just doesn’t make much sense,” said Gaudette.

Coun. Bill Firman adds: “19 docks going out into the water, that’s absurdity.”

The final decision will be up to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, but once Coldstream’s bylaw comes into effect Kallinish will need to apply for a site specific variance permit.

Coun. Gyula Kiss is opposed to the dock, as he believes the receding water line will continually force the development back for future expansions.

“In 20 years, it will again be getting lower,” said Kiss, adding that the current dock is only 15 years old.