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Bylaw 2089 Information



In the spring of 2012, Council received a request from the public to consider a dog park in Peachland. In follow up to the request, staff did some preliminary research, then Council directed staff to form a Dog park advisory committee. The committee reviewed policies and practices in other communities, visited dog parks, and conducted a survey of Peachland dog owners. In the fall of 2013, the committee proposed a multi-year strategy to develop dog parks in Peachland.

The Committee noted:
• The Current Park bylaw is very restrictive to dogs in parks;
• District of Peachland does not have an off-leash dog area;
• Dog owners travel to neighbouring communities to use dog parks;
• Important to create access in neighbourhoods to reduce travel (the need to drive to a park); and
• Decentralized access to reduce congestion in dog friendly parks.

Highlights of New Bylaw
• Restrict dog access (no dogs allowed) on parks with playgrounds, sports fields and designated swim beaches
• Allow dogs on leash in all other parks and greens spaces
• Encourage developers to include dog friendly areas in their plan (i.e.: pet spots in high density development and/or dog parks)
• Designate parks in each hillside community for dogs allowed off leash (Sanderson Park, Pincushion Place Park, and Mackinnon Park)
• Designate T-dock/Doggie Beach as an off leash area
• Designate the beach at Strachans Corner as dogs allowed on leash (previously a pilot project and not adopted in the bylaw)
• Designate a beach area north of 13th Street as dogs allowed on leash (between the pump house at 3896 Beach Avenue to the residential home at 3860 Beach Avenue)
•Designate T-dock/Doggie Beach as an off leash area
•Designate the beach at Strachans Corner as dogs allowed on leash (previously a pilot project and not adopted in the bylaw)
•Designate a beach area north of 13th Street as dogs allowed on leash (between the pump house at 3896 Beach Avenue to the residential home at 3860 Beach Avenue)

Rationale for the Change
•District of Peachland does not have an off-leash dog area
•Dog owners travel to neighbouring municipalities to use dog parks
•Stay and play in own neighbourhoods (reduce travel)
•Decentralized access to reduce congestion in dog friendly parks

Benefits of Dog Parks
•Impetus to get outdoors and in nature and exercise
•Socialization
•Physical and mental exercise for dogs
•Promote responsible pet ownership
•Safe place for dog owners to be with their pets
•Helps to bridge generations

Dog Park Multi-Year Strategy
PhaseTaskDetails
Phase 1Update the Official Community Plan, Shoreland Plan and Parks Bylaw and submit budget consideration of fencing at T-dock/Doggie BeachStaff will update the Bylaws and follow the required process for Council Consideration, public consultation and bylaw adoption. Staff to initiate approval with MOTI for a fence at Doggie Beach
Phase 2Sanderson Park Fenced Dog ParkProvide fenced area for an off leash dog park
Phase 3Mackinnon Park Fenced Dog Park (or potentially a new park in the New Monico subdivision)Provide fenced area for an off leash dog park
Phase 4Pincushion Place Fenced Dog Park (or potentially a new park in the Ponderosa subdivision)Staff review dog park trends and demands Provide fenced area for an off leash dog park
Phase 5Compost Site *Contingent on allowed use and lease agreements with the ProvinceStaff review dog park trends and demands Provide fenced area for an off leash dog park

If you would like to comment on the new Parks bylaw email Cheryl Wiebe  
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