To the editor:
The Regional District of the Central Okanagan has passed the Official Community Plan for the South Slopes in spite of our objections in its draft form.
For those of us who participated in the consultation process, this is very disappointing, to put it mildly.
Some Kelowna residents think of the South Slopes as a good place to have a bush party or to dump their yard waste or other garbage.
We call it home and are in support of limited development, including the Kelowna Mountain ski hill.
I have attended every meeting to voice our concerns to the RDCO board, only to be treated with contempt and ridicule by some of the board members.
Certainly, none of us want a ‘wild west’ scenario, but we are not getting representation from the RDCO board.
They have designated our property zoning as RU-1 (Agricultural) to prevent us from doing almost anything with our land.
This zoning designation does not fit with property that consists mostly of rocks, steep slopes, burned stumps and dead trees left by the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire in 2003.
A referendum on incorporation is a huge step but the RDCO has shut us out of the decision making process that affects our daily lives and that of our children.
On behalf of the South Slopes property owners, regional director Patty Hanson has our full support.
Property Owners Group