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Agriculture Land Commission foils option for new high school in West Kelowna

October 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM

A new secondary school for West Kelowna won’t be built on Webber Road.

A new high school in West Kelowna is at the top of the Central Okanagan School District's priority list, and staff are looking for suitable land.

School District 23 had also applied to have three Westside schools removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve but the land commission refused in a decision released last week.

The commission will allow the school district to add portables and improve playgrounds, parking, landscaping and sports fields at Hudson Road and Shannon Lake elementary schools but any future improvements have to be approved by the Agricultural Land Commission.

The secondary school concern is at the former Webber Road Elementary School site, which is currently being leased to the City of West Kelowna and being used as a community centre.

The land commission ruling does allow the school district to convert it back into an elementary or secondary school as long as the building's footprint is no larger than the existing one.

“This would not allow the District to construct a new secondary school on the site,” states a report going to the school board’s planning committee today, Oct. 16.

The province has given the district permission to buy land for a new secondary school.

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