Flood work, pot regulations coming to council Monday

City council will look at some of the city's ideas for regulating marijuana use and sales, when it gets legalized later this year.

Monday, staff will present council with a full list of recommendations, which would need final approvals later this year.

On the retail sales side, staff are proposing exclusion zones that would extend along Bernard Avenue, and down into South Pandosy.

That would be on top of the retailers being a minimum distance from schools, major parks, community centres, liquor stores, and other pot retailers.

City staff would also do more research on the possibility of selling cannabis directly from a licensed growing operation.

As mandated by the federal government, adults would be allowed to grow four plants per household, as long as they're kept hidden from the public's view.

Last year's flooding is resulting in more than a million dollars worth of recovery projects for the Kelowna Airport.

On Monday, council will hear a report detailing the work, which is being done on nearby Mill Creek, Wagner Creek, and Scotty Creek.

Of the $1.06 million in costs, the province will fund just over $800,000.

The remaining 260,000 dollars will be made up from the airport's reserves.

The majority of the work centres around removing sediment from creek beds, and restoring the channel banks.

Repairs will also be made to a bridge in Shadow Ridge Golf Club - the airport bought that land for future development back in January 2016.

Also at Monday's meeting, council will get an update from Infrastructure Director Alan Newcombe on the preparation work for this spring's snow melt.

The department says more than $3 million worth of projects have been finished, with all 52 of them finished by next year.

Crews will also start proactively adding sandbags along sections of Mill Creek, which have been flagged as high risk for flooding.

Council is being asked to approve plans that would replace a motel on Highway 97...with another motel.

The plan is to tear down the existing North Pointe Inn and Suites, on the east side of the highway, just south of Leathead.

It would be replaced by a 4-storey, 65 unit Microtel.

Staff have given their approval on the project, and write in a report that they've guided the developer through several revisions, to improve form and character of the building.

A full plan will be presented at City Hall on Monday afternoon.