As part of its ongoing budget discussions for this year, Lake Country council passed a motion that laid out its priorities when it comes to capital projects at last week’s council meeting.
Council and staff met in December to hold a priority setting session, looking back at projects that have been completed and looking forward to which projects should hold the highest importance this year.
Council approved its list of priorities at the public meeting as it continued to hold budget deliberations.
“Council has set five major priorities for this year and the Town Centre development is at the top of the list,” said Lake Country chief administrative officer Alberto De Feo. “As soon as these goals are accomplished the ones that are on the back burner will move forward. We will review these on a quarterly basis and every year they are received when we are looking at the budget.”
The council’s list of priorities are as follows.
1. Town Centre Development
2. Liquid Waste Management Plan Amendment
3. Integrated Transportation Framework Approval
4. Pelmewash Parkway Vision
5. Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Approval.
In a report to council De Feo stated that the Pelmewash Parkway vision was introduced on the priority list this year because of the impending devolution of the portion of the “old” Highway 97 between Winfield and
Oyama. In addition he stated that Okanagan Indian Band relations are emphasized as critical to the future of both governance and economic development in Lake Country.
District of Lake Country departments have also identified their major priorities in coordination with council’s vision. Some of those priorities as identified by district staff as being important include engaging stakeholders in a tourism strategy to help with economic development as well as working on improvements to community transit.