A study will look at services the North Westside receives, including water.

A study will look at services the North Westside receives, including water.

North Westside study funded

RDCO is receiving $20,000 from the Ministry of Community Development

A review of North Westside governance options could get underway soon.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is receiving $20,000 from the Ministry of Community Development to facilitate a services and community issues review for the area from La Casa to Westshore Estates.

“It’s pretty much what we were looking for and expecting,” said Wayne Carson, director.

The study will include the collection and diagnostic analysis of available service delivery, taxation and other relevant data to better describe and understand key facets of local government in the area.

It will also identify the issues and concerns expressed by residents regarding decision making and delivery of regional district services.

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.

RDCO will have to hire a consultant to lead the study and terms of reference will have to be developed. But Carson hopes the process can get underway in the spring.

“We want information on our community and whether it’s feasible to move forward with a governance process,” said Carson.

“You are either an electoral area or a municipality. The issue is whether the area could afford the additional costs that come with being incorporated and the additional cost is roads.”

 

Vernon Morning Star