City buys Lakeshore Road property

Taxpayers own another chunk of land along a Vernon road

Taxpayers own another chunk of land along a Vernon road.

City officials revealed Tuesday that they have purchased a lot at 2605 Lakeshore Road for $250,000.

“It’s necessary to further the ultimate roadway there,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

The city’s intent is to demolish the house and garage on the property.

There is no firm timeline for the new road, which would connect Lakeshore and Cummins roads, and it will depend either on existing property owners contributing funds or future development.

Purchasing the lot is just the latest action in the city’s waterfront neighbourhood plan. The long-term goal is to see residential and commercial development along Okanagan Lake.

“It’s part of what the community has envisioned in terms of taking advantage of its assets,” said Mayor Ron Sawatzky of Vernon’s location on the lake.

The Regional District of North Okanagan currently owns 10 lots on Lakeshore Road for beach access.

Those properties will transfer to the City of Vernon Jan. 1 as part of the regional parks restructuring.