Highlights of April 26 Council meeting
Farm worker housing
Council will recommend its support to the Agricultural Land Commission for a Temporary Farm Worker Housing Permit to house 60 seasonal farm workers on a property on the corner of Pooley Road and Rose Road. A total of 16 units are proposed and each worker will have their own room. The applicant owns and leases more than 880 acres throughout the Okanagan, where they grow apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and grapes.
Council OK’d a development permit for a Costco warehouse and gas bar on vacant property located between Baron Road, Leckie Road and Springfield Road. Four access points are proposed for the warehouse, and another three for the gas bar. The gas bar is proposed to include 12 two-sided pumps.
Restaurants on Bernard have the go-ahead to expand their outdoor patios to help with current public health restrictions in a safe and meaningful way until the full ‘Meet me on Bernard’ program can be implemented July 1. Restaurants can use parking stalls and the sidewalk furnishing area directly in front of participating businesses.
Council approved the 2021 Financial Plan - Final Budget, including a property tax increase of 4.04 per cent. Despite the economic challenges from the global pandemic, the City’s strong financial management and clear budgeting practices continue to allow the delivery of essential services residents expect while maintaining, expanding and building infrastructure.