Lake Country residents discuss a number of options for Pelmewash Parkway

Road plan draws crowd

Lake Country residents came out to get a look at the concept plan for Pelmewash Parkway.

  • Oct. 2, 2013 11:00 a.m.

KEVIN PARNELL

Black Press

Lake Country residents came out to get a look at the concept plan for Pelmewash Parkway.

Close to 80 residents showed up at the District of Lake Country office to hear from consultants that have put together a concept plan using information gathered from the public at previous input sessions.

“From what I can gather, the response was very favourable for what was proposed,” said Coun. Owen Dickie.

“It’s very much going to be a recreational corridor with a narrow roadway that will allow for through travel and has the ability to isolate pedestrian and bike traffic from the road.”

Among the items that have been taken off the agenda is the potential closing of the road in the middle of Pelmewash Parkway.

Dickie says that is no longer an option and the road will remain open to through traffic although what’s still to be determined is the use of the road by commercial trucks.

“There are some trucks that are using it now, big rigs that are pulling into the pull-outs and parking as well as gravel trucks from the Oyama gravel pit,” said Dickie, adding that Lake Country council was leaning towards  closing the road to commercial traffic in the future.

With the district not expected to take over control of the road until sometime next year, the district still can’t make any firm decisions on potentially closing the road to rigs.

“There was pretty consistent agreement (on council) that the road would be closed to through commercial traffic,” said Dickie.

Once this latest public consultation period closes, consultants will put together a final plan that will be brought forward to council for approval.

Mayor James Baker says it’s a slow process but it’s important to make sure the residents of Lake Country have a proper say.

“I think this is a good process,” said Baker.

“The more the community information we can get the better. We would rather spend the time and budget on getting a good plan and then we will have to go after ways of getting funding once we have a concrete plan.”

Signage along the new Highway 97 remains an issue for residents and businesses operating in Oyama.

New route change information signs will be put up by the province that will direct travelers to Oyama and Evans Road off of the new highway but Dickie says it’s still creating confusion.

“There seems to be some resistance from numerous people to indicate Oyama as a particular location,” he said. “There is some justification for that. Then you would need to put up signs for the rest of the wards which might not be a bad thing. We are a community of four very diverse communities which is probably one of our strengths.”

 

In the meantime, council has directed staff to develop an overall sign policy for the district.

 

 

Just Posted

Vernon’s homeless-populated park to get porta potties, despite concerns

Vernon city council votes to install 2 portable units for the summer months

Alleged Vernon shoplifter tracked down by RCMP

Retail store’s loss prevention officer’s description of suspect helps lead to Vernon arrest

North Okanagan student relearns how to take steps forward

The Vernon Convocation starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Vernon campus, OC Facebook to stream event

Tolko donation helps build new daycare in Lumby

The Early Years Daycare Centre is scheduled to open at the end of summer 2019

Vernon businessowner challenges community to display Pride

“A huge reason why I made this challenge for other business was to offer LGBTQ+ community a safe place to eat, chat, shop, and get your haircut”

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

UPDATED: Highway 97 closed between Summerland and Penticton

Accident closes highway in both directions; reopening expected at 10 p.m.

Kelowna Rocket invited to Hockey Canada National Under-17 Development Camp

The 16-year-old was selected by the Rockets 18th overall at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Okanagan RCMP serve up slices and support for Special Olympics B.C.

Last years inaugural campaign raised more than $12,000

Car window smashed with a bike in Kelowna

A staffer working in the area on the incident says vandalism is a reoccurring problem

Vernon artist featured at Kelowna exhibit

Mariel Belanger one of three female indigenous artists

Kelowna Mayor’s walking tour of Rutland cancelled

Growing issues surrounding supportive housing leads to rescheduled meeting with concerned resident

Hergott: Moral obligations and your will

Lawyer Paul Hergott discusses wills and moral obligation

Most Read