Archives for June 22, 2018
2nd Prize Ed Machial – similar speed 12:09 pm
The fourth question was subjective and most on ODN cannot understand my mind at the best of times.
I was not aware of a biodynamic component of the new winery. I just saw green when I took the picture.
Several comments were deleted due to repetition – 14 responses – not great but….. now if I only could twist Bill’s arm.
Folks – Time Winery was never completed, owner sold out to Phantom – new investors with a name change.
So on the questions and answers – name of winery was a fact and where the picture was taken was critical.
Winners I will email – to arrange delivery.
Prize: 1 bottle of vintage Fairview Cellars
2nd Prize: 1 bottle of quality Merlot – Oliver VQA (if and only if the answers are correct and there is more than 10 responses)
Name the proposed winery ? Phantom Creek located on Black SAGE Rd
Name the Rd that is immediately to the south of it? (site of photograph) Black HILLS Rd
Is this OK Falls, Osoyoos, or Oliver ? Definitely Oliver
The image is called green winery – why ? Because the large green mass (vineyard) in forefront and the building material highlight.
Prizes go to a winner who is first in time and most accurate in answers.
Judges reviewing answers and times inserted
Two prizes as more than 10 responses received.
To say ‘I’m having a moment’ is meant to let you know that I am feeling deeply, am unlikely to talk with you, and am inside my thoughts, reflecting, experiencing, floating somehow in an other worldly way. To ask you to give me a moment I’m asking for time to get ready to interact with you. I could be tightening a bolt on a car or creating a sentence or composing myself emotionally, but I need some no pressure time
In physics, a moment of force is the product of, for instance, a mass and the distance to a reference point. For example, we have the center of the teeter totter and the mass of the person on one end. Those combine to produce a moment, torque in this case, that exerts force pushing the seat down. This is related to using a lever. It was once said, give me a long enough lever and a fulcrum, I can move the planet
A moment can refer to a time of opportunity or commitment as in the moment I say ‘I do’ or the chance to punch that soccer ball into the net. When a moment has passed the conditions that made it have changed, the goalie moved over. Some moments can be quite long in time, like even months, such as the right moment to run for political office. I need to watch for my moments or they may just swoosh by
At this moment I’m feeling blah, in a funk, which I attribute to zero enthusiasm for two tasks in front of me today. So I just did another task and got to check it off. Better. I guess I’m designing the string of moments that are going to make up my day. Well… what a concept. Moments get stitched together and we mostly get to choose what gets stitched. OK then, I guess I’m back in choice and that feels better
Some moments are special. The moment of truth is a time of stark realization when resistance and denial fall away, when the accounts must be reconciled. I fell in love the moment I saw you. That is a magical, enduring and fulfilling moment, a moment that can last the rest of a lifetime. The moment of resolve is when my entire being commits to do or be something beyond what I have ever been. Magic moments
One main item of business for Monday’s council meeting in Oliver – completion of the Spartan Street sidewalk project that will cover the last leg of a long process to encompass the schools’ playfields.
Contractor cost $218,610 (Mike Johnson Excavating Ltd) – total budget $231,00. Only one contractor bid on the job. The project is over budget but expected to be approved.
Report to Council: Staff have worked with TRUE Engineering and have also forwarded designs to the School District #53 (SD53) for everyone’s input. We agreed that the design proposed and submitted for tender, was the best option that works for the Town of Oliver and SD53 in providing; the least amount of disturbance to School grounds, tree removal, maximizing parking, aesthetics and connecting/completing the sidewalk corridor around the Schools. The Town only received one bid for this contract because we have noticed and been told that most contractors seem to be too busy or have over extended their project loads as is. Putting the project off may not lower bid prices or getting more bids right now because of those reasons. Mike Johnson Excavating Ltd. was awarded the previous sidewalk project for the first phase and is quite capable of continuing the new project phase and delivering the final completion date of September 28, 2018.
Purpose: To vary the parcel coverage for buildings and structures in an agricultural zone.
Owners: David & Wanda Casorso – 164 Secrest Hill Rd
OCP: Agriculture (AG) Zone: Agriculture Two (AG2)
Variance Request: To vary the maximum parcel coverage from 3% to 17%.
That the APC recommends to the RDOS Board of Directors that the subject development variance permit application be approved. Rural Directors voted 6 – 2 for a a development permit. A license must be obtained from the federal government prior to development.
This application seeks to vary the maximum parcel coverage for building and structures in the Agriculture Two (AG2) Zone from 3% to 17% in order to allow for the development of a medical cannabis production facility.
The applicant has noted in their application submission that if the proposed variance is not successful, the owners will proceed with a greenhouse option, which would not require a parcel coverage variance. In support of the requested variance, the applicant has stated that requested “variance does not defeat the intended bylaw, due to the fact the building will be used directly for agriculture production. In addition, the alternative to this building, would be a larger coverage of greenhouses.”
The subject property is approximately 6.72 ha in area and is located on the east side of Secrest Hill Road, north of Highway 97, and approximately 4.5 kilometres north of the Town of Oliver. The surrounding pattern of development is predominantly agricultural with a low density residential subdivision immediately to the south of the subject property.
The subject property was created by a plan of subdivision deposited with the Land Titles Office in Victoria on May 25, 1921, while available Regional District records do not indicate the issuance of any building permits for this property.
Under the Electoral Area “C” Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 2497, 2012, the property is designated Agriculture (AG) and comprises Important Ecosystem Areas under Schedule ‘C’ of the bylaw.
Under the Electoral Area “C” Zoning Bylaw No. 2453, 2008, the property is zoned Agriculture Two Zone (AG2) Zone, and the bylaw establishes the maximum parcel coverage for parcel greater than 0.8 ha but less than 12.0 ha in area as 3%.
The owners of the property propose to grow medical cannabis on the subject property. As per Health Canada regulations cannabis must be grown indoors as outdoor growing is not permitted. There are two options for growing medical cannabis indoors:
1. Indoor growing (a closed building that uses using lights/lamps to grow plants)
2. Greenhouses (a transparent structure that uses sunlight to grow plants)
In the AG2 Zone the maximum parcel coverage for buildings and structures is 3% and the maximum parcel coverage for greenhouse uses is 75%. Based on the owners’ desired yield of 30,000 kg/year of cannabis a large greenhouse is needed.
When assessing a variance request a number of factors are taken into account. These include the intent of the regulation; the presence of any potential limiting physical features on the subject property; established streetscape characteristics; and whether the proposed development would have a detrimental impact upon the amenity of the area and/or adjoining uses.
The purpose of establishing maximum parcel coverage regulations is to restrict the size of building footprints on a parcel, and the maximum parcel coverage for the AG1 Zone was reduced from 15% to 3% with the implementation of the Electoral Area “C” Agricultural Area Plan (AAP) in 2011.
The intent of these changes was to “reduce the on-farm footprint, limit site coverage by non-farm structures while not limiting productive farm structures; allow more flexibility in the use of buildings. Encourage clustering of development on farms, encourage ‘stacking’ of farm use buildings.”
Administration recognizes that indoor growing facilities such as the proposed buildings are an anomaly amongst farm use buildings and warrant site specific consideration. In support of this proposal, the applicant is seen to meet the intent of the AAP recommendations through the siting of the buildings, the ability to ‘stack’ cannabis plants, and the use of the buildings for a farm use.
Administration recognizes that if the applicant were to pursue the alternative option of growing medical cannabis in a greenhouse the building footprint would be larger than an indoor growing building. This is because plants can be stacked vertically in an indoor growing building as the plants do not need to access sunlight.
The smaller one is now 8 days old, and the larger one is 10.
The parents are amazing and attend to their every need, and protection against predators. When they go through the tall grass and bullrushes in the marsh, their parents make a purring sound so the colts can stay close and locate them.”
Robert Sieben at Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Ladner
Apologies for the word heron being used in the headline. Its a family of cranes.