Over the past several months the District of Peachland’s Council and staff have been working with Urban Systems in Kelowna to update the Zoning Bylaw. The process to date is outlined below:
On June 18th, 2013 Council participated in a workshop with staff and Urban Systems to discuss potential changes to the District of Peachland’s Zoning Bylaw. During this workshop Council provided feedback to staff and Urban Systems regarding key focus issues such as Sustainability, Parking, Hillside Development and Affordable Housing.
Over the course of the workshop there were also general discussions regarding infill development, bed and breakfasts and short-term tourist accommodations in existing dwellings.
A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE! NEXT SESSION PEACHLAND FARMERS MARKET JULY 14TH, 2013 10 am – 1pm
Community Planners from the District of Peachland and Urban Systems will be available throughout the Open House to answer questions and queries related to the Zoning Bylaw update.
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The open house with over 75 members of the public in attendance was successful in engaging a large segment of the community that would otherwise not have provided feedback by attending a typical community meeting about this project. Many participants who were engaged during this Open House were pleased to have an opportunity to provide input. Several residents stated that they “appreciated the accessibility of the event”, saying they “enjoyed the opportunity to participate.”
The Open House and the survey provided a unique opportunity for Peachland residents and visitors alike to provide feedback on the current Zoning Bylaw update outside of the District’s regular approach to community engagement (e.g. meetings held in the community centre etc.) Survey feedback was received from a total of 31 responses, including both online and paper surveys collected.
The residents who were engaged during this Open House showed a general trend of being in favour of the changes proposed for the draft Zoning Bylaw this was largely confirmed by the survey results. The Open House and resulting survey provided an opportunity to look deeper into some issues. Some issues however, were inconclusive based on the survey results. Public opinion on the issue of garden suites (50:50) and reducing the minimum lot sizes (52:45) did not result in consensus at this point in time.
In terms of the question relating to reducing minimum required parking spaces, almost ¾ of those surveyed indicated opposition. Given that the survey was conducted at a busy event and during the summer season, this may have amplified the response. Also, there could have been more questions or analysis on this issue to provide greater guidance on what might be done in the future.
In general these findings highlight an opportunity for the District to further explore in greater detail directions on garden suites and downtown parking at the next community engagement session on September 18, 2013 by focusing on having deeper discussions and allowing for further investigation into the underlying reasons behind the split opinions of the respondents.
The open house will take place in Peachland Council Chambers from 4p.m. to 7p.m. (drop in format). Community planners from the Districts of Peachland and Urban Systems Ltd. will be available to answer any questions or inquiries relating to the Zoning Bylaw review.