Council Highlights April 18, 2023

THE CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF PEACHLAND Regular Council Meeting Highlights April 18, 2023

Distributed April 19, 2023

Ponderosa Development Council gave first reading to OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws intended to provide the legislative framework to support the Ponderosa Development Phasing Strategy, endorsed by Council at its meeting September 27, 2022. The former development project tied to the Sector Plan, which included a proposed 18-hole championship golf course, was not completed and ownership of the lands passed to two different landowners. After the original phased development agreement expired in 2021, the District began working with one of the owners, Romspen, to develop a revised phasing strategy to accommodate a new development concept. The new concept involves approximately 445 residential units, conditional on the construction of a 9-hole championship golf course and other amenities. The envisioned Romspen phasing strategy would require the golf course to be operational by November 2025, payment of $5,000/residential unit towards the Districtís affordable housing strategies and construction of a road connection between Somerset Road and Ponderosa Drive. Romspen will host a public information session to gain feedback on the proposed bylaws in the coming days. Following that, the District will hold a Public Hearing to receive input at an upcoming Council meeting.

Lower Turner Council adopted OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws for 6099 Jackson Crescent, changing the OCP land use designation from Intensive Residential to Medium Density Residential and rezoning from Public/Institutional (P2) to Multi-Unit Residential-Low Density and Cluster (RM3). A covenant has been registered that restricts the number of dwelling units accessed from Jackson Crescent to 12, requires the construction of a bus shelter and bus stop improvements at Princeton Avenue and Ellison Avenue and requires the maintenance of a trail between Jackson Crescent and Gillam Crescent Park. A comprehensive development permit, indicating form and character, will be brought forward for Council consideration before the building permit stage.

Code of Conduct New legislative requirements of the Community Charter prompted Council to direct staff to prepare a Council Code of Conduct Bylaw for consideration at an upcoming meeting. The Charter now requires municipalities to consider whether to establish a Code of Conduct or to review an existing Code of Conduct within six months of their first regular meeting after a general election. Peachland Council currently has a Code of Conduct which was adopted in 2020. The existing code does not include guidance specifically relating to conduct issues and complaint and resolution procedures. Council may also consider incorporating other policies related to conduct within one document.

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