Mill seeking land use change

North Enderby Timber expansion moving ahead, Cherryville highway a concern, noise complaint process changed

An Enderby area mill continues to move ahead with development plans.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has given first reading to a bylaw that would see the North Enderby Timber site on Highway 97A go from a land use designation of agriculture to industrial.

The plan is to build a log storage yard and dry kiln, but director Mike Macnabb is concerned that one of the potential activities allowed on site is preserving wood.

“I struggle with that because of the proximity  to the Shuswap River,” he said of chemicals possibly leaching into the water.

However, director Jackie Pearase says no wood preserving occurs on site.

“It’s a question of leaving it in the bylaw so if something comes up in the future,” she said of evolving business activities.

Cherryville highway a concern

Pressure is being placed on the provincial government to fix parts of Highway 6.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is concerned about the condition of the highway from the Gold Panner Campground to Mine Hill in Cherryville.

“If you go out on a motorcycle, you’re taking your life into your own hands,” said director Kevin Acton of broken pavement and slumping shoulder.

A letter demanding action will be written to the Ministry of Transportation.

Making some noise

The Regional District of North Okanagan is considering ways to handle noise complaints.

A number of changes are being considered to the current bylaw.

“We’ve come up with something in the rural/urban context,” said Rob Smailes, general manager of planning and building.

Some board members, though, want to ensure specific community interests aren’t impacted.

“It needs to include chainsaws,” said director Eugene Foisy, adding that many Cherryville residents use the devices to cut up wood to heat their homes.

A special meeting will be held so directors can discuss the issue further.