Sports complex pitch waiting for decision to land

There may be a few more hurdles before the fate of a proposed North Okanagan sports complex is known.

There may be a few more hurdles before the fate of a proposed sports complex is known.

Okanagan College and local politicians had hoped for a decision last week from the Agricultural Land Commission on plans for a track and sports field on 10 acres next to the Kalamalka campus. However, the agency is not providing a firm timeline.

“We’re looking at a few weeks before notifying the applicants,” Brian Underhill, ALC executive director, told The Morning Star.

“We know of the interest of Okanagan College and we will attempt to provide a response as soon as possible.”

A decision will be provided in writing to Okanagan College because it is the land owner and it submitted the application for non-farm use within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

College officials made a presentation to the ALC Oct. 25.

“We are eagerly awaiting their decision and will be patient,” said Allan Coyle, public affairs director.

“Indications at the conclusion of our meeting with the commission were that the decision would come quickly, but we can understand that they have a lot to consider and contemplate.”

Last spring, the ALC shot down an application for the sports complex because it considers the 10 acres to be suitable for farming. It also stated that the need for a $7.8 million sports facility was not clearly demonstrated.

The Oct. 25 presentation to the ALC included Okanagan College and representatives from Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan.