Upper Glenrosa delays area masterplan work

West Kelowna council says district staff are too busy to work on an area plan for Upper Glenrosa right now.

With 14 master plans on the go,  looking at everything from the Westbank Centre to agriculture, the waterfront and roads, council said earlier this week it will consider the request from Upper Glenrosa residents for an area plan as part of next year’s strategic priorities.

The residents, represented by Colin Leishman, asked that an area plan be included in the 2012 strategic priorities.

But rather than make a firm decision, council told him it would consider it when council members look at what the priorities should be next year.

The residents want to have a plan done for their area because of potential future development and services and the fact that it is one of the only areas of the municipality that doesn’t have a plan at this time.

Area plans look at the potential of development and what it would involve, including the requirement of future services, such as utilities like water and sewer.

The land parcels in the area are large in Upper Glenrosa and Mayor Doug Findlater said he believed many of the residents like the rural lifestyle in the area.

He questioned if they would want that changed by development.

But Leishman said that may have been the case 10 years ago but now many residents in the area would like to at least see Upper Glenrosa have an area plan done so it can be included in more detail in the official community plan.

Recently the issue of water in the area had to be dealt with by the municipality, which agreed to a install a water distribution station to help residents with their water needs.

Without the station, residents have to  continue to drive to Westbank to fill water tanks in order to supply their homes with water.

In many cases the water table has dropped in the area meaning several homes that have wells would have to spend thousands of dollars to drill deeper wells and even then, may not find water.

In the end, council decided to postpone any decision about an area plan for Upper Glenrosa until later this year when it decides what its strategic priorities for 2012 will be



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