Future of Kal Beach secured

Vernon council decided Monday to apply to Coldstream to have Kal Beach rezoned to parks and open space

Kal Beach is a popular park, but steps are just being taken now to ensure it stays that way.

Vernon council decided Monday to apply to Coldstream to have Kal Beach rezoned to parks and open space.

“We’re not making any more beaches. I’m passionate that this stay in the public domain,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

While Kal Beach is in Coldstream, it is owned by the city and is currently zoned rural two, which could have allowed for development.

While Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan have pushed for parks zoning, previous Vernon councils have refused.

“I can only speculate that people wanted to put a dollar value on it,” she said.

“You can put a dollar figure on it but I wanted to limit the possibility of a future council developing it.”

Coun. Bob Spiers supports Kal Beach being a park but he opposed the city initiating the rezoning process.

“Coldstream can do it. It will cost us money and staff time for the application,” he said.

The city will eventually transfer ownership of Kal Beach to the Regional District of North Okanagan as part of Greater Vernon’s parks restructuring.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky says there is a need to ensure Kal Beach’s future for future generations instead of waiting for property title to change hands.

“We can sit and wait for it to happen or we can make it happen,” he said.

In terms of Spiers’ concerns about rezoning application fees, Sawatzky says, “the costs are quite minor.”