Zoning ensures beach status

Coldstream council has given two readings to a bylaw that would change the zoning for Kal Beach from residential to parks and open space.

A popular park is one step away from becoming officially designated as park.

Coldstream council has given two readings to a bylaw that would change the zoning for Kal Beach from residential to parks and open space.

“We have been asking for this for some time,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

While the property is in Coldstream, the beach is currently owned by the City of Vernon and previous city administrations opposed a zoning change.

However, the current city council has agreed to turn over ownership of Kal Beach to the Regional District of North Okanagan as part of parks restructuring, and that led to Vernon wanting the zoning to evolve.

“There was a concern from the city that if they turned over the beach to the regional district, what may happen,” said Garlick of possible development under the residential zone.

The parks and open space designation will only permit current recreational activities.

Coldstream council must still give the rezoning bylaw third reading and final adoption.