Lake Access Site #25 (8797 Okanagan Landing Rd)

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Introduction

The City will be making improvements to lake access at 8797 Okanagan Landing Road (Site #25). The plan is to complete this work in 2021, subject to environmental permitting and requirements.

Background

Throughout numerous public participation initiatives and consultation for the Official Community Plan, Parks Master Plan and Lake Access Plan, the City has consistently heard that the public would like to see more access to Okanagan Lake. Given that much of Vernon’s lakeshore property is privately owned, Vernon’s lake accesses play an important role in connecting residents, drainage, and wildlife to Okanagan Lake. Unlike parks, lake accesses are public road rights of way that provide access to water bodies, and when used recreationally are intended for short interludes.

One of Council’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan goals is to develop a minimum of one lake access site per year. To achieve that goal, the City is focusing development of the 15 priority lake access sites listed within the 2018 Lake Access Plan. The Lake Access Site #25 (8797 Okanagan Landing Road) is one of the top 15 priority locations.

The design for this site had been brought forward for public engagement previously in 2018, but due to a variety of factors has not been built yet. Since then, the City has received new information (including additional drainage details) and we are in the process of revising the design.

Project Details

This project design is not changing substantially from when it was previously presented to the public in 2018. The project would primarily be for recreational use area (with a pathway and benches) in the lake access with parking to be provided on the other side of Okanagan Landing Road. A crosswalk would be provided to connect the lake access with the parking, and we are reviewing potential traffic calming strategies to slow vehicles at the crosswalk. The main changes from the previous 2018 design include providing a drainage swale within the lake access (to get water from the road to the lake) and may include additional works in Okanagan Landing Road adjacent to the site to further improve drainage.

The City has prepared a high level concept plan (see the link under "Concept Plan").

Construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2021, but the timeline is subject to environmental permitting and requirements. More details on the timing will be provided once they are available.


Feedback

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to look at the high level concept plan and complete the survey below to let use know what you think of this project. Your feedback will be used to inform the final design. Note that some input may not be accommodated based on project constraints (e.g. budget, maintenance, safety, and environmental requirements).

The survey closes on May 31, 2021. You can also ask questions below. If you are unable to complete the survey online and would like to discuss the project, please contact Ellen Croy at 250-550-3676, or ecroy@vernon.ca.

Introduction

The City will be making improvements to lake access at 8797 Okanagan Landing Road (Site #25). The plan is to complete this work in 2021, subject to environmental permitting and requirements.

Background

Throughout numerous public participation initiatives and consultation for the Official Community Plan, Parks Master Plan and Lake Access Plan, the City has consistently heard that the public would like to see more access to Okanagan Lake. Given that much of Vernon’s lakeshore property is privately owned, Vernon’s lake accesses play an important role in connecting residents, drainage, and wildlife to Okanagan Lake. Unlike parks, lake accesses are public road rights of way that provide access to water bodies, and when used recreationally are intended for short interludes.

One of Council’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan goals is to develop a minimum of one lake access site per year. To achieve that goal, the City is focusing development of the 15 priority lake access sites listed within the 2018 Lake Access Plan. The Lake Access Site #25 (8797 Okanagan Landing Road) is one of the top 15 priority locations.

The design for this site had been brought forward for public engagement previously in 2018, but due to a variety of factors has not been built yet. Since then, the City has received new information (including additional drainage details) and we are in the process of revising the design.

Project Details

This project design is not changing substantially from when it was previously presented to the public in 2018. The project would primarily be for recreational use area (with a pathway and benches) in the lake access with parking to be provided on the other side of Okanagan Landing Road. A crosswalk would be provided to connect the lake access with the parking, and we are reviewing potential traffic calming strategies to slow vehicles at the crosswalk. The main changes from the previous 2018 design include providing a drainage swale within the lake access (to get water from the road to the lake) and may include additional works in Okanagan Landing Road adjacent to the site to further improve drainage.

The City has prepared a high level concept plan (see the link under "Concept Plan").

Construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2021, but the timeline is subject to environmental permitting and requirements. More details on the timing will be provided once they are available.


Feedback

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to look at the high level concept plan and complete the survey below to let use know what you think of this project. Your feedback will be used to inform the final design. Note that some input may not be accommodated based on project constraints (e.g. budget, maintenance, safety, and environmental requirements).

The survey closes on May 31, 2021. You can also ask questions below. If you are unable to complete the survey online and would like to discuss the project, please contact Ellen Croy at 250-550-3676, or ecroy@vernon.ca.