Governance changes delay talks on park purchase

There will be no quick decision on possibly expanding a Greater Vernon park.

The prospect of purchasing 166 acres next to BX Ranch Park will be discussed, but not until the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has hammered out a solution to its parks and recreation dispute.

“We have a service review taking place right now,” said director Jim Garlick.

A service review meeting will be held Nov. 20.

“We think we have a fine agreement and there’s something there for everyone,” said Trafford Hall, Regional District of North Okanagan administrator.

Under the deal, some parks would remain regional while others would be operated individually by Vernon, Coldstream and the electoral areas.

All of the jurisdictions must sign the memorandum of understanding first.

The 166 acres is currently listed for sale at $3.2 million.

Support for the acquisition comes from the BX-Swan Lake Community Association.

“The property is truly a gem and is a one-of-a-kind property that will not be seen available again in this area for many years to come,” said Ray Ivey, association past-president.

“It would be very sad to see this large parcel of land so close to the city be diluted and diminished should it be sold to developers and subdivided into  five-acre blocks.”

The site is in the Agricultural Land Reserve but it has a residential designation under the official community plan.



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