Meeting will display proposed KVR changes

Big changes will be proposed for a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail at a public meeting later this month.

Big changes will be proposed for a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail at a public meeting later this month.

Among other things, the concept plan for the section of the KVR and related trails between Naramata and Chute Lake includes upgraded trail surfaces for non-motorized users and “enhanced trail opportunities” for motorized users, according to a B.C. Government press release.

The government has been working with user groups and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to draft the plan, which would be phased in over two years.

The area between the Penticton city boundary and Chute Lake was selected as a pilot project to demonstrate the development of a consensus based plan to resolve user group conflicts, clarify trail use designations, develop supporting facilities and meet the needs of the various trail user groups.

The proposed plan is intended to be implemented over the next two years and will include regulatory designations of the trail, comprehensive education and signage programs as well as investment in trail head, parking and staging facilities, enhanced trail opportunities for motorized users and upgrades to the trail itself. This plan is intended to set the stage for similar work along the rail trails to ensure those communities get the maximum benefit from this unique asset.

Interested members of the public can view the plan and ask questions at the meeting Sept. 18 at the Naramata Centre. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.