Electoral Area D Service & Boundary Configuration Study

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is undertaking an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area. The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Electoral Area D.

Electoral Area D Boundary Study Committee Meeting

Next meeting date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 6:00 pm

May 11, 2022 Agenda

This meeting will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual attendance. If you would like to attend in person, you can join the meeting in the gym at Okanagan Falls Elementary (1141 Cedar Street, OK Falls). Join the meeting virtually by using the Zoom link provided below.

The Electoral Area D Service and Boundary Configuration Study Committee meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public for viewing and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84349847520?pwd=T3l5a2RwNis1MWUrbWxxd0g5Y3R0QT09

Potential Boundary Configurations for Consideration:

Read the Report: Overview and Technical Criteria and Options Rationale

Option AOption BOption C

Option D


Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 1:00 pm

Watch the recorded meeting.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Electoral Area D Services & Boundary Configuration panel discussion!

Anyone who had questions that were missed - our apologies! With more than 80 people online and in person we know we didn’t get to all of you! There’s still plenty of time and opportunity to ask and receive answers to questions:

  1. Share your question using the Questions tool on this webpage
  2. Attend a committee meeting and ask the committee and consultants directly.
  3. Submit a letter to the committee via cmalden@rdos.bc.ca

    We look forward to hearing from you!



Open House events:

The RDOS, Electoral Area D Study Committee and study consultants held 5 Open House opportunities, each date focusing on a particular area or neighbourhood in Electoral Area D.

February 16 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Skaha Estates and area

February 17 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Upper Carmi and area

February 23 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Eastside Road North (Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Heritage Hills)

February 24 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Vaseux Lake and area (Rolling Hills, Sun Valley)

February 26 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Okanagan Falls

Password for all events: RD@S

Meeting package for all events: Boundary and Configuration Study Open House Meeting Package

Committee meetings:

The Electoral Area D Service and Boundary Configuration Study Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public for viewing and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84349847520?pwd=T3l5a2RwNis1MWUrbWxxd0g5Y3R0QT09

About the Committee:

A group of 10 citizens from Electoral Area D has been formed to guide a study looking into the Service and Boundary Configuration of Electoral Area D. The committee's role is to be an objective fact-finding body. Ensuring that the study and engagement with the community is neutral and balanced.

The committee members include:

  • Vi Creasy
  • David Forst
  • Kurt Hiebert
  • Kerrie MacLean
  • Myleen Mallach
  • Kay Medland
  • Phyllis Radchenko
  • Matt Taylor (Chair)
  • Eleanor Walker

Ex-officio Community members are Electoral Area D Director Ron Obirek and Alternate Director Jim D'Andrea.

Consultant:

On July 8, 2021, the RDOS Board of Directors approved the $90,000 contract to Allan Neilson of Neilson Strategies Inc. and Sherry Hurst of Leftside Partners Inc.

Allan Neilson comes with over 25 years of experience in British Columbia's local government system advising regional district and municipal leaders on matters of governance, service provision, local government policy, finance and community engagement.

Sherry Hurst has been advising local governments on governance, planning and service delivery for more than 20 years.

Background:

On March 24, 2021 the Minister of Municipal Affairs confirmed support in the amount of $80,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to undertake an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area.

The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis of services, with public engagement in the RDOS Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Area D.

Electoral Area D Service and Boundary Configuration Study committee meetings will be conducted online via Webex pending changes to COVID-19 restrictions.

Past studies:



The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is undertaking an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area. The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Electoral Area D.

Electoral Area D Boundary Study Committee Meeting

Next meeting date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 6:00 pm

May 11, 2022 Agenda

This meeting will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual attendance. If you would like to attend in person, you can join the meeting in the gym at Okanagan Falls Elementary (1141 Cedar Street, OK Falls). Join the meeting virtually by using the Zoom link provided below.

The Electoral Area D Service and Boundary Configuration Study Committee meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public for viewing and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84349847520?pwd=T3l5a2RwNis1MWUrbWxxd0g5Y3R0QT09

Potential Boundary Configurations for Consideration:

Read the Report: Overview and Technical Criteria and Options Rationale

Option AOption BOption C

Option D


Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 1:00 pm

Watch the recorded meeting.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Electoral Area D Services & Boundary Configuration panel discussion!

Anyone who had questions that were missed - our apologies! With more than 80 people online and in person we know we didn’t get to all of you! There’s still plenty of time and opportunity to ask and receive answers to questions:

  1. Share your question using the Questions tool on this webpage
  2. Attend a committee meeting and ask the committee and consultants directly.
  3. Submit a letter to the committee via cmalden@rdos.bc.ca

    We look forward to hearing from you!



Open House events:

The RDOS, Electoral Area D Study Committee and study consultants held 5 Open House opportunities, each date focusing on a particular area or neighbourhood in Electoral Area D.

February 16 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Skaha Estates and area

February 17 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Upper Carmi and area

February 23 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Eastside Road North (Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Heritage Hills)

February 24 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Vaseux Lake and area (Rolling Hills, Sun Valley)

February 26 - View the neighbourhood map. Feedback response for Okanagan Falls

Password for all events: RD@S

Meeting package for all events: Boundary and Configuration Study Open House Meeting Package

Committee meetings:

The Electoral Area D Service and Boundary Configuration Study Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public for viewing and include an open question and answer period at the end.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84349847520?pwd=T3l5a2RwNis1MWUrbWxxd0g5Y3R0QT09

About the Committee:

A group of 10 citizens from Electoral Area D has been formed to guide a study looking into the Service and Boundary Configuration of Electoral Area D. The committee's role is to be an objective fact-finding body. Ensuring that the study and engagement with the community is neutral and balanced.

The committee members include:

  • Vi Creasy
  • David Forst
  • Kurt Hiebert
  • Kerrie MacLean
  • Myleen Mallach
  • Kay Medland
  • Phyllis Radchenko
  • Matt Taylor (Chair)
  • Eleanor Walker

Ex-officio Community members are Electoral Area D Director Ron Obirek and Alternate Director Jim D'Andrea.

Consultant:

On July 8, 2021, the RDOS Board of Directors approved the $90,000 contract to Allan Neilson of Neilson Strategies Inc. and Sherry Hurst of Leftside Partners Inc.

Allan Neilson comes with over 25 years of experience in British Columbia's local government system advising regional district and municipal leaders on matters of governance, service provision, local government policy, finance and community engagement.

Sherry Hurst has been advising local governments on governance, planning and service delivery for more than 20 years.

Background:

On March 24, 2021 the Minister of Municipal Affairs confirmed support in the amount of $80,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to undertake an analysis in Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area.

The purpose of the study is to conduct an analysis of services, with public engagement in the RDOS Electoral Area D communities on services and opinions on incorporation, and work to develop and test potential municipal boundary configurations in Area D.

Electoral Area D Service and Boundary Configuration Study committee meetings will be conducted online via Webex pending changes to COVID-19 restrictions.

Past studies:


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    At the Open House meeting, the Electoral Director told us that a grant which was earmarked for OK Falls Sewer expansion was taken away and given to Naramata for use in their community. I didn’t catch the whole conversation, can you tell me what that was about?

    about 2 months ago

    In 2017, the RDOS received a New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund grant in the wastewater category. The grant was received for the Phase 1 expansion of the Okanagan Falls sewer system to the community area of Skaha Estates. 

     A predesign was completed and the cost estimate for a new system was over $15M. The $6.6M grant received would not be sufficient to make the project affordable to the residents. At that time, the RDOS sent a request to the Province to reallocate the grant funds to Phase 2 of the proposed expansion project for the lakeshore area of Kaleden in Electoral Area I. After proceeding with predesign, the referendum failed and the project was stopped. 

     The grant expires on March 31, 2023, so other possible wastewater projects were explored that did not require borrowing of funds for the 1/3 share as there was insufficient time available for a referendum. Okanagan Falls sewer service did not have any wastewater projects that could proceed. The Province indicated they would not consider any other type of project, such as water or solid waste, so wastewater projects in other areas were considered.

     The Liquid Waste Management Plan had just started in Naramata of Electoral Area E. A few developers had been discussing various options for handling wastewater for their ongoing developments in the village area.  The developers agreed to pay for the 1/3 share to match the grant funds so a community system could be established in the community instead of each development having a mini wastewater treatment system. Further expansions into the rest of the community in the village area would benefit from the initial infrastructure installation by the developers. The Board looked at the option and recommended that the RDOS request the repurposing of the grant to a Naramata Sewer Project. The request was sent to the Province for consideration.

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    Two questions. 1. What is the fire response pump capacity of the fire truck at OK Falls ( gallons/ minute)? What is the fire response pump truck capacity at Oliver (gallons / minute)?

    Myles asked 2 months ago

    For vehicle and equipment specifications, we recommend contacting the fire departments directly.

    Okanagan Falls Fire Department: okfire@shaw.ca or reach them on Facebook.

    Oliver and District Fire Department: 250-498-0695 or fill out their online form.

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    Now that RDOS has taken over Sun Valley Irrigation is the water use metered & are the users charged accordingly OR is it a flat rate ( annual or monthly)?

    Myles asked 2 months ago

    The Sun Valley water system users do not have meters installed at this time. Users are charged based on the size of dole valve they were previously assigned by the Sun Valley Irrigation District. The RDOS has not yet changed this method of user fees that consists of an annual flat rate basic user fee plus an additional cost based on size of dole valve.

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    Would a municipality be able to increase the number of police officers available to respond to issues in the municipality, or have their own police detachment?

    2 months ago

    No. A municipality with fewer than 5,000 persons is still provided policing services through the province, and that service is contracted by the province to the RCMP. As a municipality under 5,000 population, residents would continue to contribute to policing costs through a “police tax” to the province. The rate would change once incorporated.  

    Decisions on resource levels and “authorized strength” for unincorporated areas, and for municipalities with fewer than 5,000 people, involve the RCMP and Province, but are driven by the RCMP's analyses of workloads and needs. The RCMP maintains internal processes for local detachments to request adjustments to authorized strength for both unincorporated areas, and for municipalities with fewer than 5,000 people. These requests are forwarded to BC RCMP Headquarters to be evaluated and considered by the Province in the broader context of the entire Provincial Police Service. Any changes to provincial detachment units require agreement between the BC RCMP and the Solicitor General.

    RCMP Detachment Commanders are expected to engage Indigenous and local governments within the detachment service area in establishing local policing priorities. Accordingly, the Mayor and municipal council would have the opportunity to meet with the detachment commander to discuss local priorities and issues.

    Once a municipality exceeds a population of 5,000, at that time the municipality would become responsible for paying 70% of the policing costs for the community (and 100% of the costs to accommodate the local police) and would have increased influence and authority over the service. At that time the municipality could consider, as one option, having a local detachment within the municipality.

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    If the improvement district that provides my drinking water is dissolved in the event of an incorporation, what would happen to the money we have raised in reserves for our water system? Where does that go?

    2 months ago

    When an improvement district is dissolved, the assets and liabilities would be transferred to the municipality. Any funds accumulated in a reserve intended for that water system would continue to be allocated to and reserved for that particular water system. Similarly, even once part of the municipality, the only residents that would contribute toward the costs of that particular water system would be those who are connected to and benefit from, the water system.

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    Is there a minimum number of residents before an area can be incorporated? For example, if only an area of 1,500 residents want to be incorporated is that enough or does it have to be over 2,000?

    John Marquardt asked 3 months ago

    While the population is one consideration in drawing a boundary, and a concentration of residents is needed to sustain a viable municipality, there is no set minimum threshold that is required to incorporate as a municipality.

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    Will the survey include asking the residents of OK Falls on whether they would prefer to be a town (if that option is available) or a municipality?

    3 months ago

    As noted in the question above, a Town is a municipal classification. If there was a reason that an area preferred to be called a “Village” over a “Town” or a “District” the Ministry would seek guidance from the Incorporation Study committee at the time of the Incorporation Study, regardless of population.

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    Could an incorporation study be done on two basis - OK Falls as a town and a larger municipality including the other areas?

    3 months ago

    During an incorporation study, an Incorporation Study Committee is charged with ensuring all residents of the study area have the opportunity to become informed about the impacts of incorporation prior to proceeding to a vote. Due in part to the complexity of the analysis, it is generally the Province’s preference to proceed with two distinct and clear options — typically one option is the status quo (or default option), and the other is incorporation. On occasion, there have been studies that have offered more than two different scenarios, but these would be the exception. For instance, when West Kelowna’s study was completed, the options were to incorporate, to join the City of Kelowna, or to remain as part of the unincorporated area. Ultimately that decision would rest with the Province; however, the objective of the Area D Service and Boundary Configuration study is to recommend one preferred boundary.

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    Will the boundary study look for any synergies between different areas or for problems/issues in specific areas that would transfer over to a new municipality? Or will this not be done until the incorporation study?

    3 months ago

    The Study is seeking to identify issues, concerns and interests from each focus area and community within Area “D”. One of the purposes is to identify shared interests, another is to determine what issues exist, and whether a change in governance might help to address those issues.

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    Will you provide information on the populations size for each of the areas that have been identified for the town halls ?

    3 months ago

    Yes, where estimates can be made, this is part of the information shared during presentations.