One of eight homes along Nighthawk Road that were lost to the Okanagan Centre wildfire. Image Credit: Barry Gerding/Black Press

District of Lake Country makes it easier for Nighthawk residents to rebuild

Council passed a motion waiving application fees for those who lost homes in the fire

The District of Lake Country is making it easier for residents who lost their homes in the Nighthawk Road fire to rebuild.

At a regular meeting Tuesday night, council waived fees for building applications aside for eight homes and structures which were destroyed by wildfire in mid July.

“What we’re trying to achieve here is to make it easier for our staff to assist the people who lost their houses,” said Coun. Blair Ireland.

“If you’re going to rebuild your house there’s all these things you would normally have to do,” he said, such as getting an access to the road application and paying for a water connection.

“These people have already done that before, so we don’t want them to have to go through all the same things again,” he said.

Waiving certain application fees also quickens the rebuilding process, said Ireland. Building permits will still be required.

The motion passed unanimously.