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Kelowna council heeds industry feedback on construction noise bylaw

Construction noise will be limited on weekends and statutory holidays
Kelowna council has amended its noise bylaw after feedback from the construction industry. Photo | Black Press Media file

Kelowna council has gone with a construction industry proposal in tweaking the citysa国际传媒檚 noise bylaw.

Currently, the bylaw allows noise between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday to Sunday and all statutory holidays.

At its Monday (July 8) meeting, council approved restricting noise between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and stat holidays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. There is no change from Monday to Friday.

Councillor Rick Webber, who brought up the issue early this year, said he appreciated the industry feedback.

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Coun. Luke Stack said councilsa国际传媒檚 choice was the right one.

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Having construction end at 4 p.m. on weekends and stats was a big win for Coun. Gord Lovegrove.

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A June 6 letter from the Canadian Home Builderssa国际传媒 Association Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO) to the city pointed out that construction projects have tight deadlines, and delays could impact completion dates and increase costs. 

Coun. Maxine DeHart pointed out there are bad actors in any industry that donsa国际传媒檛 follow the rules.

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Staff also has the authority to grant variances to the bylaw where appropriate, such as during extreme heat events. 

Gary Barnes

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