The CN Rail corridor between Kelowna and Coldstream. Lake Country's referendum is Saturday.

Lake Country votes yes in CN Rail corridor referendum

With 3,336 votes for the yes side against 1,117 no's, Lake Country referendum to borrow $2.6 million passes

It’s yes for the CN Rail corridor in Lake Country.

A record breaking turnout of 4,462 voters, 47.9 per cent of eligible electors, came out with the majority voting yes to borrow money and purchase the CN Rail corridor.

The unofficial results of the referendum are successful with 3,336 votes indicating approval of the Okanagan Rail Corridor borrowing bylaw.

“The turnout for the referendum was outstanding and we are very pleased that residents in the community share our vision of the Okanagan Rail Corridor connecting communities and services of the valley,” said Mayor Baker.

“Designs, public consultation and operating models will be evaluated for developing the corridor, but it may be a year or more before the route is developed and the corridor is open to the public,” said Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services. “We’d remind residents that while the corridor may be acquired as District-owned land it is currently not open for public use.”

The declaration of official results will be made on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Municipal Hall and a Special Council Meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers to adopt the Loan Authorization Bylaw.

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