Expansion of cemetery to come with long lease

Expansion of cemetery to come with long lease

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The Town of Oliver wants to finalize a long-term lease with the provincial government to expand the cemetery.
The proposal is to amend the zoning on part of the subject property in order to create a “scattering ground” for residents who want to honour their loved ones.
The property is approximately 26 hectares and adjoins the Town boundary adjacent to the residential development at Morningstar Road and Evening Star Crescent.
The Town has been seeking to acquire this land from the Crown since 1995 and previously applied for a free Crown land grant. But the Crown was not prepared to grant this request and issued a three-year licence of occupation in 2009. This licence expired in 2012 and the Town was offered a 30-year lease, which is being finalized.
As the area the Town is seeking to lease is approximately 0.7 hectares, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw is required.
Regional district planner Christopher Garrish said the expansion of the cemetery will provide a direct benefit to residents of Area C as well as those living in town.
He also noted that the remainder of the parcel comprises part of the proposed Oliver Mountain Provincial Park, a protected area candidate identified by the Okanagan Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan.

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