Please Do Not Walk on the Okanagan Golf Course
It is that time of year. On March 25th, the Okanagan Golf Course's maintenance team started preparing the Quail and the Bear for the upcoming season.
The course is asking that residents not walk on the golf course while this work is going on...for the maintenance team's benefit and residents' safety. Once the course is open (tentatively set for April 5th), the Okanagan Golf Course also asks that residents not walk the course...unless of course, they are golfing!
Okanagan Golf Course thanks everyone for understanding.
Notice: Public Meeting on April 9th for the Proposed New Development on Via Centrale
The City of Kelowna is holding a meeting to review several bylaws, that, if adopted, will amend Kelowna Official Community Plan (OCP).
One of the amendments to the OCP is the proposal to rezone the 18th fairway of the Quail golf course to facilitate the development of a townhouse complex (low density).
As the agenda states, “All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaws shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaws that are the subject of this hearing. This Hearing is open to the public and all representations to Council form part of the public record. A live audio feed may be broadcast and recorded by Castanet”.
Report Problems with Road and Walkways
As the snow finally melts away, the effects of the freezing and thawing from the winter can be seen on our roads and walkways. Potholes, cracked pavement and walkway disrepair becomes obvious.
Report road and walkway problems to the City of Kelowna's Public Works Yard. Service requests can be made at: https://www.kelowna.ca/city-services/services-requests/report-pothole or by phone (250-469-8600).
Residents who wish to report potholes or other issues on provincially owned highways (Highway 97 and 33), visit drivebc.ca and select the “Report a Highway Problem” option on the left-hand side.
Security Alerts, continued....
Further to last few month's reports about security issues in the area, another measure to safeguard yourself if you are away for an extended period of time is to ensure that someone picks up your mail from your mailbox (if you have one). This time of year is “income tax time” and thieves target mailboxes looking for personal information such as T slips etc.
Remember, be vigilant and lock up and report all incidents to the police.
Reminder: In general, personal Income Tax returns for 2018 have to be filed on or before April 30, 2019. Self employed persons must file on or before June 15, 2019. Refer to CRA for exceptions.
Fingers Crossed - Grant Funding Application Has Been Sent In for FireSmart Cleanup Day
As reported, FireSmart Cleanup Day is tentatively set for the morning of May 4th.
The Quail Ridge FireSmart Committee has made application for funding from the City of Kelowna's Neighbourhood Grant Program as well as FireSmart Canada for a FireSmart grant to help offset costs. If successful, the FireSmart Cleanup Day and BBQ will move forward on Saturday May 4th.
A newsletter will be delivered through the Postal Service this month that provides further details.
Reporting Air Quality Issues
In advance of summer, the QRRA thought it would be timely to remind members of the various agencies responsible for air quality issues in the area.
In 2018, the Association worked to have air quality monitoring set up in Quail Ridge. QRRA worked with both the Ministry of the Environment and the City of Kelowna to discover that depending upon the nature of the issue or inquiry, the responsible organization could be:
- the City of Kelowna for issues like debris on roads or grass trimmings
- the Department of Environment for airborne particulates
- the Department of Mines for the operations of the Pier Mac site.
With this in mind, members are reminded that they can submit issues to the City of Kelowna on their "Services and requests" web page (https://www.kelowna.ca/city-services/services-requests) or email the provincial government for environmental issues (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Local Businesses – new and changes
A gas station is under construction at 1708 Innovation Drive, near the centre of the property. It will be operated by Canco Petroleum, an independent chain of gas stations in the BC interior. The building will include a car wash and convenience store / retail space. Permits are in place for a second retail / fast food building along Airport Way. Timelines and tenants to be confirmed at a later date.
Dry Valley Fruit Stand will be moving to a new facility on Gate Road (visible from Hwy 97) and will include a Cidery called “Upside Cider”. It is anticipated that this will be open for this summer.