British Columbia Tour Agency Gets OK for RV Park
Where there were supposed to be resort hotels and condominiums going in, the Tranquille on the Lake project in British Columbia is being revamped again and might host an RV park in the meantime, the Kamloops Daily News reported.
The city council gave its nod to authorize notice of an application for a temporary use permit that would allow 115 RV units, boat storage and a launch at the property and urban gardens in an area that was originally slated for a golf course.
The Agricultural Land Commission still has to give its approval to the changes.
Owner B.C. Wilderness Tours Inc. made the application for the temporary use until the new, updated plans can go through approval processes.
Councillor Nancy Bepple was the lone council member to vote against the motion to allow the temporary-use permit process notification. If approved, the use would be for two years with the possibility of another two-year renewal.
Also included in the application was to allow farmers from the region to sell at the farm market on the property. Current rules call for any food sold to be grown on site.
City Community Development Manager Randy Lambright said the plans for Tranquille went through a broad Official Community Plan process in 2009. But the proponents want to make some amendments to that.
And one of the changes is to generate some revenue on the property through RV pad rentals and boat storage.
Lambright said the changes do not result in any loss of agricultural land, just redistribution of it.
The boat launch includes parking for 20 vehicles.
Lambright said if the commission says no, the city would not issue the temporary use permit.
Councillor Tina Lange supported the changes, saying they were a way to get some money going from the property.
Bepple said she could support the boat storage, but not the RV park. She didn’t think the urban garden idea fit with what was supposed to be an operating farm.