Jurisdictions proceed with rail trail process

Plans are moving ahead for the first phase of development of the CN Rail Corridor

  • Oct. 18, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Kevin Parnell

Black Press

Plans are moving ahead for the first phase of development of the CN Rail Corridor, now owned by the municipalities of Lake Country, Kelowna and Regional District of North Okanagan.

Each jurisdiction is being asked to approve the formation of an inter-jurisdictional development team with representatives from each community to plan and develop the initial improvements required to provide a basic, continuous recreation trail within and between the three jurisdictions.

On June 1, the jurisdictions combined to purchase 47 kilometres of discontinued CN Rail corridor for $22 million.

A report to Lake Country council from the inter-jurisdictional acquisition team states there is no plans to develop multi-modal regional transportation infrastructure within the corridor, but instead the plan is to move ahead and try to get a continuous trail in operation.

“There is considerable interest among the owner and stakeholder jurisdictions and the public for the timely development and operation of a continuous recreational trail within the corridor,” the report states.

“In order to achieve this cooperatively the owner jurisdictions of the corridor wish to establish an inter-jurisdictional development team to plan and develop the initial improvements required to provide a basic, continuous recreational trail within and between the participating jurisdictions.”