At the March 15, 2023 Planning and Development Committee meeting, the planning department proposed re-naming Old Town Road West as Old Town Road and re-naming a portion of Solsqua-Sicamous Road to Old Town Road from the intersection with the Trans Canada Highway 1 north to the intersection with Old Town Road. If successfully re-named, a consequential civic address update would be required for some properties.
Best practices for civic addressing in cases like Old Town Road:
- use a minimum increment of 4 to allow for future subdivision;
- number in blocks (ie. 100 block, 200 block, 300 block);
- start numbering at a natural terminus, such as a waterbody or major highway; and
- road naming should apply to continuous sections of road, and changes in road names should be marked by an intersection or a distinct change in direction.
Have a read through our District of Sicamous Street Naming & Civic Addressing Bylaw No. 1026, 2023
In considering the best approach to assigning addresses for Old Town Road, we consider the following:
- Future Growth: The strong potential for future development and need for additional civic address numbers for new parcels at Old Town Bay;
- The arbitrary distinction between Old Town Road West and Old Town Road – this road name change is unmarked by an intersection or significant change in direction and can be considered as one continuous road;
- Where to Start: natural terminus points – points where further extensions of the road are unlikely to occur; and
- Section Breaks: obvious and natural locations to assign address blocks, to allow room for additional numbering in future.
The District is responsible for submitting addressing information to Address BC and road name changes to the BC Road Atlas for various purposes, principal of which is for emergency response which directly relates to the implementation of NG9-1-1. The proposal will enable the District to better accommodate growth and future addressing needs.
Any changes to road names and/or civic addressing will require correspondence with land owners, utilities, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and emergency services advising of any changes.