Lake Country has its arms open to a boundary review with one of its neighbours.
The City of Kelowna recenty announced that they will begin a boundary review process following a request by Lake Country council in the spring.
The district sees this as a welcome opportunity to work collaboratively with Kelowna to tidy up some boundary issues.
“This is a leadership opportunity for the district and the city to go even further and consider some minor changes to other areas already serviced by the district, such as the southernmost part of Shanks Road, and a portion of Glenmore Road,” said Alberto De Feo, chief administrative officer.
“Fixing the erratic nature of our shared boundary will go a long way to simplifying our mutual servicing challenges, and serve to build lasting neighborly relations between our municipalities.”
Earlier this spring, Lake Country and Kelowna staff discussed the mutual benefits of a boundary rationalization, noting that the 39.5 hectare area situated to the north of Beaver Lake Road has created challenges in the past with servicing as some properties and even buildings are bisected by the shared boundary.
The current boundaries were set by Kelowna prior to the incorporation of Lake Country, and boundary relocations can be a complicated process, so it is now time to engage in more meaningful dialogue so growth and development can be effectively managed.
“I hope this process can resolve some jurisdictional issues and regularize the boundaries in a way that services are provided in an easier way for residents,” said Lake Country Mayor James Baker.
“This is a good start to getting the boundaries rationalized; and it really is a tripartite process considering the Okanagan Indian Band’s interests as well.”
Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be asked for their input into the process. More information will be available as options regarding governance are considered by staff and councils of all three parties.