From the President..
Presentation to Council
2014-03-03 18:29 by admin
Presentation to District Municipality
The Glenrosa Resident Association purpose is to represent improvements to the livability, safety and security of our neighborhoods, as part of a changing and growing District Municipality, in partnership with Council and Staff.
Glenrosa Resident Association Board of Directors - 2013-2014
Karen Hansen President
Colin Leishman Vice President
Ken Kainz Treasurer/Recording Secretary
Steve Osborne Director
Wendy Forsyth Director
James Elser IT Director
George Steeves Director
Our community is a rich unique and diverse community.
Approximately: 6600 residents, 2200 homes over a geographical area of 8 sq. kilometers.
Glenrosa includes, farmland, agricultural, rural and urban setting surrounded by watershed.
Hosting 4 schools, 5 churches, 1 community centre, 1 Fire Hall, several parks and trails.
Glenrosa has one of West Kelowna largest employers, Gorman Mill, employing 375 people.
Small business including: Convenient Store, Cross fit, Yoga, Music lessons, Plumbing, Electrical, Upholstery, Boys & Girls Club and more.
Recreational: Pegasus Horse Trail riding, Morning side Bible Camp, Tennis, Baseball, many trails to enjoy, walking, hiking and cycling and horse back riding.
Glenrosa, also cares for its wild life, signs are plentiful letting people know to share the roads, this preserve the safety of these animals as they journey through their own natural wildlife migration corridors.
Glenrosa, community is a great place to live.
Progress to Report on:
On behalf of the residents of the Upper Glenrosa, there is much appreciation for all the hard work and the time spent in order to make it possible for the residents of upper Glenrosa to have access to a guaranteed, temporary potable water source.
We thank Council, Staff for their hard work and to the Mayor, who we know throughout his busy day, would check on the progress of the Bulk Water project.
And finally, the Accounting Dept for crunching numbers to make it affordable for residential use.
Glenrosa Neighborhood Plan (Area Plan)
Council has identified undertaking a draft Upper Glenrosa Neighborhood Plan document as part of their goal and objectives outlined in the 2014 Strategic Priorities. The anticipated completion is December 2014 with the process starting sometime in June 2014.
We welcome this undertaking by Council & Staff.
Traffic Calming Design
We appreciate that Glenrosa is included in the budget for a traffic calming design. ($60,000 allocation – Glenrosa, Pritchard and Casa Loma).
We look forward in working with District Staff; our goal is to make Glenrosa a positive and safe place to live.
Glenrosa Road & McIver Road: Most of Glenrosa road design is still horse and cart engineered. There is one particular intersection, Glenrosa Road and McIver Road that has been a long time concern.
Recently District Staff installed some signage just before McIver Road on Glenrosa Road, that clearly prepares drivers of the intersections ahead and reminder of the traffic speed. The size of the two signs is a brilliant choice that staff made and so far very effective.
Horse signage, having the 4 signs installed has made a significant difference; drivers slow down and pass Horse & Rider with caution. Thank You to staff for moving on this
There are three areas of development in Glenrosa area.
1.Inverness Road - - - Z11-13 - - - Adopted Dec. 10, 2013.
Anticipated that the development would support somewhere up tp 43 Residential lots. Original design was 27 lots; however with the District’s new zoning bylaw will allow for more lots (zoning Bylaw 0154)
2.Glen Eagles- - -Z09/20 - - - Adopted March 26, 2013.
Applicant is working on submitting a subdivision application for phase 1.Based on the zoning bylaw, it is now zoned R1, RC3 and P1. Maximum build out under the new bylaw is approximately 91 single family lots and 52 compact residential lots, however based on the topography is would be unlikely to achieve those numbers.
3. Salco (Morningside) - - -Z09/09 --- Currently being worked through the final stages for council’s 3 rd reading and it is anticipated to be on the councils agenda for early March. Latest information indicates 56 detached homes, 34 lots for compact housing, 79 town-house style units and 22 commercial spaces for small shops. We believe this development was planned out well with a trail and two parks-one equipped with a children’s playground. Important item is the additional access road to support this development from Glenrosa road at Webber Road.
Note: The above mentioned developments will generate substantial property tax revenue over the years; therefore we are positive that some of this additional revenue will be used for Glenrosa improvement.
Evacuation/Wild fires 2nd Emergency Route
Jack Pine Road holds several questions such as it has no cell phone or no radio range. People may actually be driving into the spread of the wildfire without knowledge.
It seems this route takes you deeper into more dense forest and the road itself is used mainly as a logging road, feed back from residents that have traveled along Jack Pine road say its mostly wash board.
Second Road Access
With new development such as Inverness and Glen Eagles, this increases the population of Glenrosa.
We request the District Staff take consideration, to provide a safe second access road out of Glenrosa.
In case of an emergency leaving Jack Pine Road as Glenrosa’s third option.
Forest Fire Reduction
Glenrosa Resident Association held a meeting with Heartland Economics RPF. The discussion was the concern that residents that interface Crown lands have noticed a significant amount of dead fall in the Crown Lands.
Heartland, sent staff into the area above Preston rd., McKellar rd. and Turnball rd. to do a full assessment, they came back saying there’s definitely a large amount of deadfall and referred to it as a fire hazard.
They explained that there is a way of logging that can manipulate the direction of the fire if there was ever a forest fire.
We hope Council will look into this.
Bus Pullout – Glenrosa Road
We trust these will be part of improvement plan when the development mentioned above takes place.
Foremost: A proper bus pullout at Morningside Road (very important) to improve the safety of our Middle school children.
Mosquito Control Program:
We are requesting to be included in the Mosquito Control Program; we like to have it extended to the Upper Glenrosa area, this year and in future years to come.
There are several ponds on small acreages and there is Glenrosa Lake, all these water sources are a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The Regional District included Upper Glenrosa in their mosquito programs, yet it’s been obviously dropped in the last years. “It’s badly in need”.
Weed Control Morningside Entrance
The District now prunes trees in the entrance; however no weed control takes place. On the East side of the road (Morningside Drive) trees and rocks are used as landscaping - Therefore, a request is made to Council to have a regular yearly weed control program established.
Off road Vehicles
Glenrosa Residents Assoc., is in agreement with West Kelowna Assoc. when it comes to off road vehicles and their suggested request to have council propose to the Province that there be 2 categories of ORV “recreational and other”.
These off road vehicles create concern in Upper Glenrosa and the barriers that the District has placed to prevent entrance, however, get moved. It would be nice to have someone from staff to periodically check this, to ensure the barriers remain in place.
Praise: We compliment staff in responding quickly to request that are forwarded. Thank You.
Glenrosa Resident Association
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