Parkland parameters

New rules for the dedication of parkland to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District will ensure any land given will actually be suitable…

  • Jun. 25, 2015 3:00 p.m.

New rules for the dedication of parkland to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District will ensure any land given will actually be suitable for park use.

When subdivisions happen there is a requirement for developers to either pay a cash contribution towards community parks or offer land in exchange. In the past, this has resulted in some awkward situations with barely usable land being offered to fulfill the requirement. Now, the rules will be more stringent regarding the slope and grade of the dedicated land.

“This is important because years ago in Ranchero a developer gave a chunk of property and it was actually in a ravine and couldn’t even be accessed. Now we have this piece of property that’s worth nothing, we couldn’t even give it away.”

South Shuswap director Paul Demenok echoed the comment, saying it is important that parkland for the CSRD actually be able to be used to benefit the community residents.

“It’s a very positive move that protects the citizen’s interest.”