The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has identified the site for an organics facility. (RDOS photo)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has identified the site for an organics facility. (RDOS photo)

Land purchase considered for organics facility in South Okanagan

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has identified 32-hectare site

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is considering the purchase of a property at Greyback Mountain Road for an organics treatment and processing facility.

“Purchasing this parcel of land will allow the RDOS to move forward on the landfill expansion,” said Karla Kozakevich, chair of the regional district board. “This will reduce leachate and odour at the site, as well as the amount of waste entering the landfill.”

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The regional district’s board of directors authorized the purchase of the property on Aug. 6.

Location studies have been conducted to develop an organics treatment and processing facility. The facility is identified in the regional district’s solid waste management plan as the best means of reducing waste entering the waste stream.

The property is 32 hectares in size. Roughly two-thirds of the land is within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The regional district will have public engagement before completing an application to the Agricultural Land Commission for exclusion. A public hearing will be held prior to a zoning amendment.

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