Swan Lake eyed for development

Servicing the Swan Lake corridor is the Township of Spallumcheen’s top priority should they receive some available gas tax money.

Servicing the Swan Lake corridor is the Township of Spallumcheen’s top priority should they receive some available gas tax money.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has been given nearly $4.2 million in gas tax agreement funds which must be used for what are termed regionally significant projects.

“Council has come up with three choices and servicing the Swan Lake corridor is the No. 1 choice,” said Spallumcheen administrator Lynda Shykora. “No. 2 is public transit including replacing the existing bus that services Spallumcheen, Armstrong and Enderby, and No. 3 is support of solid waste projects provided the project is related to the closure of existing landfills.”

To help in evaluating submissions for the funds, the regional district established a working group who recommended that entries fall into one of three priority areas: solid waste projects; public transit and implementation of the regional growth strategy.

Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma said for as long as he’s been sitting at the township council table, there has been discussion on the contribution the Swan Lake corridor could have to North Okanagan areas, but that there are pretty serious concerns with the way liquid waste is dispersed along the corridor, which is actually located in regional district Electoral Area B.

“We don’t have an opportunity to have commercial development as liquid waste is pumped from different locations and some of the septic systems that are provided along the corridor are in question,” said Hansma.

“There has always been the opportunity there for further commercial or industrial development at the end of the corridor, and a terrific opportunity for regional growth.”

Hansma is pleased council voted unanimously to make the corridor the top choice in applying for funds.

“I think it’s very important the community recognizes the contribution that the Swan Lake corridor makes to our area,” he said. “To service that properly with a liquid waste management plan would result in a better utilization of that corridor.”

Entries to the regional district for the gas tax funds must be submitted by Sept. 30.