A campaign to change the way that the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board presents different regions of Lake Country to prospective buyers has been successful. Properties formerly listed in an area called Carr’s Landing District are now listed under the category Lake Country Northwest.
The renaming of the region is the result of a grassroots effort started by the Carr’s Landing Community and Recreation Association. The group noticed that many properties being marketed in an OMREB publication were listed as being in Carr’s Landing when in fact they are located outside the jurisdictional boundaries of the ward.
The Carr’s Landing Community Association, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and the District of Lake Country, brought the issue to the attention of the OMREB seeking a change.
A spokesperson from the Carr’s Landing Community Association says the change was needed to prevent political confusion at the municipal level. Due to the nature of the ward system in Lake Country, it is important for residents to know which neighborhood their homes are in.
Mayor James Baker says he is happy with the OMREB decision to rename the zone for it’s marketing purposes. He emphasizes that the change is not an attempt to do away with the traditional community names that the ward system was set up to protect.
“We still use the neighborhood names, but the way Carr’s Landing was being defined by the Real Estate Board was misleading,” said Baker.