CSRD rejects Gateway proposal

North Shuswap: Board takes issue with developer’s sewage treatment plans.

A controversial development in the North Shuswap is still failing to come up with a solution to prevent sewage from being deposited into Shuswap Lake.

The Gateway Lakeview Resort’s proposal to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Oct. 20, was shot down by the board.

At a meeting on May 19, the directors concluded that the bylaws for the project would not pass until the board is satisfied there will be no sewage discharge into the lake.

The development, which has been a contentious issue in the area for  years, has had several other land use and rezoning issues ruled on by the CSRD in the past.

The plan submitted to the CSRD in June, would see the approximately 72-acre property go from housing 22 single-family cabins and 113 RV sites to as many as 292 lots for a mixture of detached single family dwellings, duplexes, accessory upper-floor dwelling units and resort residential spaces.

The latest proposal listed four solutions to deal with treated waste: lake outfall, rapid infiltration basins, reclaimed water reuse through drip-irrigation and a raised mound disposal area.

“The proposal seeks to eliminate the use of the lake outfall, but only after the rapid infiltration basins have been constructed,” the proposal said.

The proposed solution didn’t make sense to Electoral Area B director, Loni Parker.

“Putting an irrigation system in an area that floods doesn’t make sense. You don’t put liquid in a flooded area. There could be concerns with drinking water, in the area adjacent to the development, that’s a serious concern,” she said.

“I have attended the public hearings… and I am aware of the degree of public opposition.”

Director Paul Demenok also voiced his opposition to the proposal.

“It strikes me that the developer has come up with this kind of hodge-podge approach of four different ways of dealing with the (sewage), which doesn’t make any sense to me. We are not going with lake outfall. We’re on a flood plain, it doesn’t make any sense for rapid infiltration,” he said.

“(The developer has) tried to patch together a whole variety of band-aids. The sewage is the issue, find a way to get it out of the lake.”

The motion passed unanimously to give the proposed bylaws no further readings.

Chief administrative officer Charles Hamilton said this was because it gives the development an opportunity to revaluate their proposal.

Director of Electoral Area F Larry Morgan also lives in the community.