Cost of new housing could jump thousands of dollars on the Westside

This new Westside sewage treatment plant could add almost $3,000 to the cost of each new house in West Kelowna.
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KELOWNA - Proposed new sewer fees on the west side of Okanagan Lake could add almost $3,000 to the cost of each new home.

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan will hold an open house on Sept. 11 to discuss the proposed new fees.

These will come in the form of Development Cost Charges billed to developers and “will be used to invest in sewage and wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure required due to growth in the community,” the regional district states in a news release.

The charges to developers will cover some of the costs of a new sewage treatment plant and an east trunk sewer line.

The fees for both projects will affect new construction in West Kelowna and Westbank First Nations. Peachland developers will only pay for the treatment plant.

The fees for new single-family homes will increase by $2,795 to a total of $6,547 for West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation. Multi-family units will only increase by $1,845.

The Peachland increase for a single-family home is only $1,006.

The open house is on Sept. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Dobbin Road.

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