In early June 2018, at an Electoral Area Directors’ meeting (EAD), CSRD planning staff tabled a report documenting some of the administrative issues with Bylaw 900 (this bylaw regulates zoning and permitting requirements around Shuswap Lake, including dock sizes and buoys). The staff report also set out some potential solutions to the administrative issues, most importantly from SWOA’s perspective, changes to the permitted size of docks around the lake. The report can be found on the CSRD website as part of the agenda documentation (pp18-87) for the June 7 EAD meeting. (Click here for agenda)
Staff recommended some relatively minor changes to the Bylaw to deal with administrative issues such as conflicts between industry dock sizing in British units where the Bylaw limits are in metric units. However, and most importantly from SWOA’s perspective, staff recommended a change from the current 24 sq. m. upward facing area to 30 sq. m (3.05m wide by 9.8 m long).
After some discussion, the EAD gave staff direction to initiate a process for revising the Bylaw and also directed staff to consult with SWOA on the topic of dock area.
CSRD staff issued an invitation to SWOA and on June 25th, four members of your SWOA Board met with CSRD planning staff and made a presentation on our views (click here or the PowerPoint presentation).
At the meeting, the SWOA strongly recommended that, as a minimum, the CSRD adopt wording in the revised Bylaw to make these conditions consistent with the Province’s General Permission for the Use of Crown Land for Private Moorage (dated January 17, 2017). CSRD staff indicated that The Province’s lack of consultation prior to issuing this General Permission document made adoption of that wording by the CSRD very problematic. We did indicate that we thought that the staff recommended length was not sufficient for safe loading/unloading of boats around the lake, specifically during stormy weather. We recommended that docks be at least 10 feet longer than the boat using the dock.
CSRD staff asked the SWOA attendees to provide a recommendation on what they thought would be a more workable dock area for inclusion in the Bylaw. We did not do this in the meeting.
However, following the meeting, the SWOA Board discussed a range of options and have recommended to CSRD staff that for planning purposes, an upper limit for dock length of 50 feet (15.24 m) be included in the bylaw. We also recommended that consideration be given for having wider docks in areas exposed to severe storms (such as occurred on June 25).
Where to from here? CSRD staff will take our recommendations and information from others into account in drafting a revised Bylaw for the full CSRD Board to consider. If the redrafted bylaw passes first reading, there will be a period of formal consultation on the revisions with federal and provincial governments, First Nations and other interested parties, such as SWOA.
Your Board will be monitoring these developments over the next 4 to 6 months and will endeavor to keep our members informed.