The Survey Results are in!
The Regional District wishes to thank everyone who completed the recent Swan Lake Residential Infill Plan survey. Surveys were mailed to 610 properties in the neighbourhoods identified as RDNO 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10, as shown on this map. We had an excellent response rate with 362, or 60%, of the surveys being returned.
The majority of survey respondents from neighbourhoods RDNO 2 and RDNO 8 indicated that they were supportive of connecting to the sewer system. These two areas are already within the sewer project's initial service area, and respondents in these neighbourhoods were generally in support of the more intensive change scenarios.
Responses received from RDNO 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10 were not supportive of connecting to the proposed sewer system. Depending on the neighbourhood, between 58% to 65% of respondents indicated that they were not interested in connecting to the proposed sewer system. Respondents in these neighbourhoods generally favoured the "no change" scenario.
The Board of Directors, at their regular meeting held on July 21, 2021, passed the following resolutions:
That discussions be concluded with residents and residential property owners within the neighbourhood identified as RDNO 10 as a result of Phase One consultation for the Swan Lake Residential Infill Plan.
That staff be directed to undertake additional consultation with residents and residential property owners within the neighbourhoods identified as RDNO 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9, and subject to Provincial Health Orders a Public Information Meeting be held to further inform residents.
That staff be directed to send a letter to residential property owners and occupants within the Swan Lake Residential Infill Plan area in addition to online and media updates to inform people of the results of the survey process and Phase One consultation.
That the Swan Lake Residential Infill Plan project deliverables consist of a final report to the Board of Directors outlining proposed amendments to the Electoral Areas "B" and "C" Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw following the completion of Phase Two consultation.
About the Swan Lake Residential Infill Plan
We’ve partnered with the Township of Spallumcheen and the Okanagan Indian Band to build the North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Plant. The project will provide homes and businesses with a safe and sustainable wastewater treatment facility and sewer system that will protect Swan Lake water quality, provide reclaimed water for agriculture, enhance recreational opportunities and support economic development.
The initial service area includes the commercial corridor and some residential properties. Property owners in this area passed a petition process in 2019 to get connected to the new sewer system. This area is expected to be the first phase of connections, and there is an opportunity to add other neighbourhoods to the system. This is why the RDNO has launched this Swan Lake Residential Infill planning process.
The neighbourhoods that could potentially connect to the system have been split into ‘nodes’, and include:
- Greenhow Frontage Road Mixed Use Area (RDNO-2)
- North Pleasant Valley Road / L & A Road Residential Neighbourhood (RDNO-3)
- North Grey Canal Trail Rural Residential Neighbourhood (RDNO-4)
- Herry Road Residential Neighbourhood (RDNO-7)
- South Swan Lake Mixed Use Area (RDNO-8)
- N’Kwala Park Residential Neighbourhood (RDNO-9)
- McClure Road Subdivision Residential Neighbourhood (RDNO-10)
As each node is unique from one another, this initiative will determine the willingness of each neighbourhood to connect to a future community sanitary sewer system and, if connected to community sewer, what types of residential infill and level of density are supported in these neighbourhoods.
The plan can be used by citizens and landowners to better understand community desires in different parts of the neighbourhood. For example, smaller residential lot sizes might be supported in one area, while another neighbourhood might only be interested in secondary suites and/or carriage houses. Some neighbourhoods may not want to connect to the sewer system and therefore would experience little new development.
Developers planning new projects can refer to the Plan for guidance, and the Regional District will use it to evaluate proposals and prioritize projects and expansions to the Wastewater Recovery Service Area.