West Kelowna step closer to new public works yard
he District of West Kelowna is one step closer to getting a new municipal works yard, thanks to an $8.7-million land grant from the Province, Premier Christy Clark announced Friday.
Under the Sponsored Crown Grant program, local governments can apply for Crown land grants that are used for the greater good of the community.
In this instance, the use is for community, civic facility and access road purposes. All applications for sponsored Crown land grants are considered using standardized selection criteria and transparent accounting processes for Crown land disposition.
The Province uses the fair market value of the Crown land to budget and record the grants and tenures as an expense against the Crown Land Special Account.
This agreement with the District of West Kelowna follows a comprehensive and productive consultation process with the Westbank First Nation, who have offered their support for this Crown grant.
“Council has always felt great support from our provincial representatives for this initiative and we are very grateful for their work on our behalf,” said Mayor Doug Findlater, District of West Kelowna. “We have always envisioned the Bartley Road property as a future site for our public works operations given its central location in Boucherie Gardens and proximity to our current engineering and operations building.”