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Contract awarded for Okanagan Falls incorporation study

Discussions about incorporation date to the late 1980s.
A study will be conducted into the community of Okanagan Falls. The community, south of Penticton, is the largest unincorporated community within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Google Maps)

Work will get soon underway to officially study incorporating Okanagan Falls.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen awarded contracts for the study and community engagement process to Neilson Strategies, Horsman Strategies, Leftside Partners and Inspire Creative, for up to $120,000 including GST.

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In March, the provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs confirmed financial support for the incorporation study. The terms of reference document was adopted in April and in May the requests for proposal were issued.

At present, Okanagan Falls is an unincorporated community within the regional district, south of Penticton. In the 2021 census, the community had a population of 2,266.

Since at least 1989, studies about the incorporation of the community have been conducted. In late 2018, Area I was severed from Area D within the regional district as a step to prepare for potential incorporation of Okanagan Falls.

A total of 10 members have been appointed to the incorporation study committee. They are Kea Adachi, Ian Bowen, Eugene Dettling, Judy Garner, Kelvin Hall, Randy Ludwar, Marcel Olsthoorn, Debbie Rose, Eleanor Walker and Rick Wilson.

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John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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