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Most development on Westside over next 20 years will take place on WFN lands, says report

WFN to lead on building

Most of the growth of the Central Okanagan's Westside over the next two decades is expected to occur overwhelmingly on the land of the Westbank First Nations.

According to a report that went before the Regional District of the Central Okanagan this week, 79 per cent of the of the housing units expected to be constructed on the Westside between now and 2038 will be on WFN land.

The bulk of the 3,622 units of housing expected to be constructed will be multi-family units, with just 372 single detached homes forecast.

Over the 20 year period ending in 2038, WFN housing is expected to grow at three per cent a year.

Within West Kelowna city limits just 934 dwelling units, with 324 single detached and 610 multifamily units are expected to be built by 2038. That's an expected growth rate of just 0.36 per cent a year, in line with the pace of growth in the past five years.

Eighty-six per cent of the commercial floor area, 51 per cent of industrial and 57 per cent of institutional floor area is also expected to be built on WFN lands in the same time period.

All that growth means the Westbank First Nations will be paying for a larger portion of the operations of the Westside Wastewater treatment plant.

In 2016, just 16.5 per cent of the wastewater flowing to the plant originated from WFN lands, a ratio that grew to 24.6 per cent in 2020.

The City of West Kelowna was responsible for just under 68 per cent of flows in 2020, while Peachland output 7.8 per cent. As a result, the regional district is proposing a $52,000 increase in WFN contributions for the plant in 2021 and corresponding reduction by West Kelowna and Peachland.

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