Tensions simmer over Tie Lake dock

RDEK votes to decline support for a private dock at Tie Lake, while the final decision rests with a provincial ministry.

The application for a private dock out at Tie Lake was a hot topic at the Regional District of East Kootenay board meeting last week.

A group of five families—the Tie Five Society—has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to build a 13-metre dock into the lake. The area in question is a parcel of land half a kilometre southeast of the Tie Lake Regional Park.

As part of the ministry’s application process, the RDEK is given a referral with the option to sanction or decline approval for the project, which is considered when the ministry makes their decision.

It’s the second application the Tie Five Society has made to put a dock on the lake, and for the second time, the RDEK did not lend support for the project.

However, that could change in the future, according to board chair Rob Gay, who noted that the board is about to embark on a community plan which will provide an opportunity for broader feedback from Tie Lake residents.

“What our decision has to be on is, is this appropriate land use? And so, we would like to go out to the community, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Gay said. “We agreed at last month’s meeting we would start a new Official Community Plan (OCP) for the area and there’s some frustration from that group because it’s probably going to take us over a year to complete that plan, but we will have a fuller discussion from the community.

“So our recommendation to the Ministry of Forests, who make the decision, all we do is get a referral, but our referral is to say we do not support it at this time, pending the completion of our plan, so we haven’t said no, we just need to have a fuller understanding of what the community at large would like to see.”

The proposal stems from desire of the Tie Five Society to have access to the lake and a place to moor their boats. The dock would be constructed off a parcel of land designated for public lake access which is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

A previous application from the same group in 2014 was not supported by the RDEK. That proposal was for a multi berth dock with space for up to five boats, with the structure extending approximately 13 metres into the lake with a surface area of roughly 43 sq. m. The current proposal cuts the surface area roughly in half.

During committee meetings last Thursday, there were delegations both in favour and against the proposed dock. Gay adds that the consultation through the OCP will allow the whole community to be heard on the issue.

“We don’t know if we’ve got the full public, because there are hundreds of residences there, so we’re getting a snapshot of it,” he said. “But certainly during our planning meeting yesterday, we were very much working to keeping this as a—is this the right land use decision as opposed to neighbour-vs-neighbour.”

Gay didn’t discount the possibility of a dock being built there in the future under as an RDEK project.

“Because of that land, we as the Regional District could choose to put in a public dock that everybody could use, that these folks could park their boats at, but there’d be no exclusivity, so there’s other options around it, but again, that’d be explored at a public meeting,” Gay said.

 

Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 6 -12: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

Supporters — and shoppers — lined up waiting at the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store on 8th Avenue South, waiting for the doors to open on the store's first day of operations since the pandemic forced its closure. (Photo courtesy Kate Fox)
CHCA Thrift Store re-opens in Cranbrook

After a closure of 15 months, due to the pandemic, the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store on 8th Avenue South has once again opened its doors for business.

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Most Read