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Public input needed on new West Kelowna subdivision bylaw

With various master plans now in place or nearing completion, the District of West Kelowna has developed a comprehensive draft subdivision bylaw and wants input from residents, the development community and stakeholder agencies.

At its Aug. 14 meeting, council gave first reading to a draft subdivision and development bylaw—developed to be consistent with West Kelowna's new Official Community Plan.

Incorporating elements of other plans, including the Master Storm Drainage Plan and Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan, the draft subdivision bylaw provides direction on required works and servicing as part of subdivision or development of land in West Kelowna.

Currently the district uses bylaws from the Regional District of the Central Okanagan or the former Westbank and Lakeview Irrigation Districts to process subdivision or development applications.

The Regional District bylaw is based on rural standards and does not provide sufficient guidance for the more urban forms of development that is usually being undertaken in the community.

The full draft bylaw is available at districtofwestkelowna.ca.

Comments and questions are welcomed at 778-797-8820 or planning@districtofwestkelowna.ca.

The district is asking those concerned to submit comments by Sept. 30.

Following the receipt of initial feedback, it is anticipated council will consider a second draft of the bylaw in November, incorporating input from the development community and the public.

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