ALC shoots down Greater Vernon sports facility plans

  • Apr. 1, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Greater Vernon residents may not be going to referendum this fall on a proposed sports complex.

The Agricultural Land Commission has shot down plans to use 10 acres of land next to Okanagan College for a $7.8 million facility, which would have included an Olympic-size track, an artificial playing field and other amenities.

The ALC states the site is suitable for agricultural use and that if moved out of the ALR, the potential of the property for agricultural development would be negatively impacted.

“Obviously we had hoped for a different outcome,” said John Lent, college dean.

“We have to respect the mandate and responsibilities of the ALC. At this point we will be consulting with all involved parties including the College’s board of governors.”

The North Okanagan Regional District had entered into a lease with the college to use the land for a sports facility.

Look for more details in Sunday’s Morning Star.