The District of Lake Country is reaching out to the community to understand local opinions about moorage buoys along the shores of Okanagan, Kalamalka and Wood Lakes.
Moorage buoys are the mechanisms designed to secure a boat or other water vessel by means of cables, anchors or other devices.
The District’s Zoning Bylaw (No. 561) does not allow permanent moorage buoys along the shoreline of local lakes (although some moorage buoys were in place prior to the adoption of the bylaw in 2008). The District’s Parks Bylaw (No. 829) also does not allow for moorage buoys adjacent to public beaches without District consent. In September 2015, to reinforce bylaw restrictions, District Council also issued a Moratorium on the placement of new moorage buoys.
Each year, the desire from locals and tourists for moorage leads to the installation of new moorage buoys and a number of bylaw enforcement complaints to the District. Those in favour of additional moorage buoys argue the District should consider appropriate locations to allow public access to permanent moorage buoys; others support enforcement of current restrictions.
Before considering changes to current restrictions, the District is interested in understanding the full range of community views.
Two open house events were scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th in Oyama and Thursday, April 6th in Okanagan Centre. These were ‘everyone welcome’ drop-in style self-directed opportunities to learn about current legislation, shoreline mapping, and share viewpoints with members of Council, staff and the consultant for this project.
Everyone is invited to participate in completing an online survey, or request a paper copy from Municipal Hall (250-766-5650).
Please consider the following questions in your response:
1. Should the District consider changes to current restrictions on permanent moorage buoys (see above)? Why or why not?
2. If the District were to consider changes, where would permanent moorage buoys be best located? Where should the District continue to restrict permanent moorage buoys? (For example: adjacent to parks, water intakes, public roads, privately owned waterfront, environmentally sensitive areas, spawning areas (high or moderate sensitivity) etc.)
3. Should moorage buoys be regulated through a system that would require owners to apply for a permit? Should a permit fee be charged to help fund enforcement costs to take action where moorage buoys are not permitted?
Thank you for considering this opportunity to express your views. Please feel welcome to include additional feedback in your survey response.