|Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will be hosting an Open House concerning airport lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) on Thursday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Citizens will have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on YLW’s application to exclude key properties from the ALR.
“YLW is looking to exclude four properties, totaling 22 hectares, from the ALR,” said Shayne Dyrdal, Senior Airport Finance Manager. “Although currently within the ALR, the lands haven’t been farmed for many years, due to restrictions relating to airport proximity.”
If the exclusion application is supported by the public and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), property south of the terminal building will be used for terminal complex expansion, while property east of the runway will create opportunity for additional airside facilities including fueling, maintenance and cargo.
“We’re looking for citizens to identify issues and provide critical input on the exclusion application,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “We know that decision-making processes are significantly improved on a regional and provincial scale when the community is involved in the discussion.”
Anyone wishing to express an interest in the application is encouraged to attend Thursday’s Open House, which will take place on YLW’s second floor mezzanine. Parking is free in the long-term lot, with validation. Alternatively, comments may be forwarded in writing to City of Kelowna, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1J4, Attention: Shayne Dyrdal.