North Westside study gets board blessing

Directors voted 9-2 to ask the Ministry of Community Development for a governance study

The Regional District of Central Okanagan will pursue a governance study for the North Westside.

Those wanting to investigate North Westside’s future have overcome a major hurdle.

On Monday, the Regional District of Central Okanagan board voted 9-2 to ask the Ministry of Community Development for a governance study of the area from La Casa to Westshore Estates.

“This was the part that was necessary to keep moving,” said Wayne Carson, director.

Previous attempts by Carson and the North Westside Communities Association to raise the governance issue have been met with reluctance  among some RDCO officials.

The motion approved Monday states the board supports a governance study for the North Westside fire protection service area.

The focus will be on a review of existing services and the cause of concern in the community.

RDCO staff will now prepare an application requesting that the ministry fund a study.

“At the end of the day, all decisions are the minister’s to make,” said Carson.

Carson met with Community Development Minister Peter Fassbender twice in the fall to discuss the matter.

“The minister is a fair and reasonable man and we’re putting our future in his hands,” said Carson.

Currently, North Westside, with a population of 1,000 to 1,500 people, has one director at the 12-member RDCO board table.

Many North Westside residents have indicated that current structure doesn’t represent their needs because the area is quite a ways from RDCO’s Kelowna office and service costs are growing.

A 700-name petition calling for a study was presented to the district.

“We want a good look at our services and how they are run and if there are options for providing those services,” said Carson.








Just Posted

Missed a week of news? We’ve got you covered

Every Saturday, we post popular stories from the week

Long-time Hedley fan weighs in on concert

Davis Wiggs attended Hedley’s final show last night

Kelowna couple hoping for a miracle

Endang Suslash is hoping to stay in Canada so she continue receiving treatment for kidney failure

Highway potholes under ministry jurisdiction

The District of Lake Country doesn’t touch the highway when it comes to filling potholes

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in Kelowna before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Prospera Place

Bottle drive held for Kelowna fire victim’s family

Springfield Elementary held a bottle drive today to support the Van Gool family

B.C. umpire has developed thick skin after 30 years listening to insults

Scott McLaren pays no mind to comments from the cheap seats

Musicians Sarah Harmer, Grimes join B.C. anti-pipeline protests

Musicians are in Vancouver for the Juno Awards on Sunday night

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Snowfall warning for Highway 3

Kelowna - A snowfall warning is in effect from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read