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Comment on the Incorporation of Westside Road BC
January 25, 2015
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2099 eligible North Westside Road BC electors
July 31, 2007
in the North Westside, from Westshore Estates to LaCasa.
Statistics Canada Census 2001.
BC Stats - British Columbia Regional District Population Estimates, 2001-2007.
Regional District of Central Okanagan cadastre, July 2007.
North Westside Road Fire Protection Area Boundary Spatial Data, August 2005
POPULATION (EST.) 2007 (from page 3)
|CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST
ELECTORAL AREA (INCLUDING NR’S)
|CENTRAL OKANAGAN EAST ELECTORAL AREA (INCLUDING
|CITY OF KELOWNA (INCLUDING NR’S)
|WESTSIDE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
|DISTRICT OF LAKE COUNTRY
|DISTRICT OF PEACHLAND
||2,956.3 SQ. KMS
|RDCO EMPLOYEES (FULL, PART TIME, SEASONAL, CASUAL)
Okanagan Falls incorporation could be years in the making
Penticton Western News - By Kristi Patton -
April 01, 2010
Okanagan Falls residents could be
waiting up to two years before they came to a vote on whether or
not to incorporate the small community.
Area D director Bill Schwarz received unanimous support from the
Regional District Okanagan Similkameen last month to petition
the provincial government to carry out a study to explore the
incorporation of a municipal government.
“My position is I want to make sure the people have all of the
answers before anything ever goes through, and that it is a very
open process,” said Schwarz. “The study would involve town hall
meetings, public input, looking at the financial aspects and the
practical aspects of it.”
Schwarz said residents came forward with the idea to incorporate
two years ago and a committee of interested citizens was
“They spent the last year-and-a-half looking at it, meeting with
people, talking with people and just generally seeing whether
there was still interest. It was also brought up at the last
three town hall meetings that I held and there was unanimous
support at all of those meetings,” added the director.
In 1989 a study was completed to test incorporation in Okanagan
Falls but it failed. More than 50 per cent of voters must be in
favour for the proposed incorporation to go ahead. Since then,
Schwarz said the core area population that was part of the
failed study has increased substantially, along with the number
of dwelling units.
Along with the RDOS support, letters from community groups,
residents and the committee have been sent to the province.
Schwarz said it is up to the provincial government to determine
if the study will go ahead, and now he will have to wait until
they make that decision. The study is conducted by provincial
government staff and has nothing to do with the RDOS or Schwarz.
“They wouldn’t do a study unless they thought it would move
ahead to a referendum,” said Schwarz, adding the government
could say no for any number of reasons.
The director would not make comments on what the benefits of
incorporation would be only stating, “that’s what the study is
Okanagan Falls explores incorporation options
Penticton Western News - By Kristi Patton - March 23,
Okanagan Falls received support from the Regional
District of Okanagan Similkameen to petition the government to carry out
a study to explore the incorporation of a municipal government.
The residents of Okanagan Falls are requesting a higher level of service
which may need the flexibility afforded municipalities incorporated
under the Community Charter.
This isn’t the first time the community has asked for such a request. In
1989 a study was completed to test incorporation and failed. According
to Area D director Bill Schwarz, the core area population that was part
of the failed study has increased substantially, along with the number
In public meetings held in November 2008, 2009 and January 2010 a clear
direction was given to Schwarz by the residents to proceed with the
governance study. A committee of residents from Okanagan Falls, Kaleden,
Skaha Estates and Heritage Hills/Lakeside Highlands was struck to
further investigate the public’s appetite to have a study commissioned
exploring incorporation. The Area D advisory planning commission
endorsed moving ahead with a study at their December visioning meeting.
The incorporation study determines and assembles the technical
information about incorporation so that residents can make an informed
choice on the issue of incorporation. The study does not recommend for
or against municipal status and residents decide about incorporation
after substantial public discussion. More than 50 per cent of voters
must support the proposed incorporation in a referendum for it to go
Property tax break given to WFN residents
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - April 06,
The Westbank First Nation has held the line on
property taxes this year.
The band’s chief and council approved a tax increase of 0.2 per cent
in its 2010-2011 budget, or $2.40 more for the average homeowner
this year, when compared to 2009-2010’s tax notice.
The chairman of the Westbank First Nation Advisory Council, which
represents non-natives living on band land, said the band’s budget
shows “good financial management.”
Terry Turcan commented that he was pleased the WFN went easy on
taxpayers’ pocketbooks this year.
“It’s a very small increase––a little blip.”
Growth on WFN lands helped offset taxes for residents living on
reserves, Turcan noted.
“There’s no question about it, the commercial growth especially has
Meanwhile, Chief Robert Louie said in a press release that the WFN’s
budget is the result of “extensive planning and consultation by all
stakeholders over the past six months.”
“It reflects the cooperation and goodwill that are key to the WFN’s
financial progress,” Louie said.
The chief didn’t return calls for further comment.
The band said that, on average, a homeowner living on Westbank First
Nation land would pay $1,222 in property taxes this year, after
applying for the Home Owners’ Grant.
The WFN expects to collect $9.9 million in property taxes, with $2.6
million spent on administration, financial services, human resources
and information technology; $2 million set aside for reserves and
contingencies; $1.4 million returned to residents in the form of
homeowners grants; $1.2 million spent on transit, the library,
regional parks and community centres; $1.2 million for economic
development, planning and engineering and $400,000 for recreation
and youth programs.
The band expects to collect a further $20.6 million from other
sources of income, including fees for services, fines, development
cost charges, community forest operations and revenue from a handful
In turn, the WFN plans to spend an additional $17.1 million on other
operations over the next year, with the remaining $3.5 million to be
placed in reserves for capital and other future expenditures, said
The First Nations Tax Commission and the Minister of Indian Affairs
are required to sign off on the WFN’s budget later this spring,
clearing the way for tax notices to go out to
3,368 homeowners at the end of May.
WFN property taxes are due on July 2.
For more information, call the band’s finance department at
The WFN taxes are not to be confused with those charged to residents
living in the neighbouring District of West Kelowna municipality.
Their bills go out separately the last week of May and property
taxes are due to the District of West Kelowna on July 7.
West Kelowna residents face a net tax increase of 2.35 per cent, or
an additional $32 based on a house assessed at $492,000.
Base property taxes on such a home were $1,354 last year.
The 2.35 per cent increase excludes a $126 shift in property taxes
from the Central Okanagan Regional District, which is being caused
by West Kelowna’s decision to manage its own transit contract.
For more information call West Kelowna’s property tax information
line at 778-797-8860.
jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com
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