Gravel rules on hold, water quality assessed

Regional District of North Okanagan deferred a decision on the soil removal bylaw.

Potential rules about gravel pits have stalled.

Instead of giving second reading to the soil removal and deposit bylaw Wednesday, the Regional District of North Okanagan deferred the matter.

“A lot of issues have come up that we’re not sure about,” said director Mike Macnabb of property setbacks, the quantity of soil involved and the authority of RDNO staff to approve permits.

The issue of soil removal and deposit arose after a property owner proposed establishing a gravel pit on Brentwood Road in the BX. Adjacent residents expressed concerns about dust, noise and traffic.

It’s not known when the bylaw may be before the RDNO board again for consideration.

Swan Lake quality assessed

An investigation of Swan Lake’s water quality is proceeding despite some concerns.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has ratified a recommendation from the electoral area directors to spend up to $31,148 on a Swan Lake water quality assessment.

“If we do the study now, how long are the results good for?” asked Catherine Lord, a Vernon director.

“If we don’t do anything (upgrades) for 10 to 12 years, will the study be effective?”

However, Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director, says a study will highlight any water quality issues.

“I hope there will be more than one year of study if we can get funding. But even a one-year snapshot is worthwhile because there have been issues anecdotally,” he said.

“The study puts some science behind it.”

Mara hall funding deferred

Further review is needed before a North Okanagan hall may receive funding.

Instead of approving an Electoral Area Advisory Committee recommendation to provide $18,237 to the Mara Community Hall for water system upgrades, the Regional District of North Okanagan board has deferred the matter until December.

“There is still information outstanding,” said Jackie Pearase, outgoing rural Enderby director.

The hall has two wells and there has been a boil water advisory.


Due to the existing water source being very hard, it’s been proposed that the hall get its water from the Shuswap River. UV and chlorine disinfection would be needed.