- District Municipality of Westside, British Columbia
official_name = District Municipality of Westside
settlement_type = District Municipality
dot_x = |dot_y =
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = CAN
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = BC
subdivision_type2 = Region
subdivision_type3 = Regional district
subdivision_name3 = Central Okanagan
established_title2 = Incorporated
established_date2 = December 7, 2007
population_as_of = 2007
population_total = 28,793
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
latd= 49|latm= 51|lats= 45|latNS=N
longd= 119|longm= 35|longs= 00|longEW=W
blank_name = Highways
blank_info = 97
blank1_name = Waterways
website = [http://www.districtofwestside.ca http://www.districtofwestside.ca/]
footnotes = The Westside District Municipality is a new
local governmentincorporated in December 2007 in British Columbia's Okanagan. So-named because it encompasses the "west side" of Okanagan Lakedirectly across from the larger city of Kelowna, the area under the new district municipality's jurisdiction includes the town of Westbank, which comprises just under half of the total population, along with several other communities closer to Kelowna, including Casa Loma, West Kelowna Estates, Shannon Lake, Glenrosa, Rose Valley and Lakeview Heights. The population is presently estimated as [http://www.regionaldistrict.com/about/about_pop.aspx 28,793] .
Embedded within the Municipality of Westside are two self-governing reserves of the
Westbank First Nation, [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5935802&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=Tsinstikeptum&SearchType=Contains&SearchPR=59&B1=All&Custom= Tsinstikeptum #9] and [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5935803&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=Tsinstikeptum&SearchType=Contains&SearchPR=59&B1=All&Custom= Tsinstikeptum #10] . Approximately 7,000 non-natives live on the reserves.
The municipality is the second-largest component of the Kelowna-based Regional District of Central Okanagan.
Formation of Westside Municipality
The Municipality of Westside came into existence on
December 6, 2007, following a June 16, 2007, referendum in which Westside residents [http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/stories.php?id=49295 voted to incorporate] by a margin of 5,924 votes to 5,582. The other choice was amalgamation with the City of Kelowna, with a previous question on the ballot offering the option of remaining unincorporated within the regional district's electoral area J. The vote was split along highly geographic lines with voters from Westbank and other areas farther away from the city of Kelownamore often voting to incorporate and voters living closer to Kelownamuch more likely to vote for amalgamation.
November 17 2007, Westside residents elected Rosalind Neisas the new mayor. Her election platform consisted of promising to disincorporate the new city, and join the city of Kelowna. However, five of the six newly elected city councilors disagree with Neis's platform. Disincorporation would [http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96323_02.htm#section26 require] (1) a resolution of the city council, (2) 60% of all voters in the municipality to sign a petition to that effect and (3) a new referendum. As a result, it is seen by most observers as unlikely.
Development and Growth
Demographically, the Westside has been growing almost geometrically. Between 2001 and 2006, the population of the area grew by [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5935020&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=okanagan&SearchType=Contains&SearchPR=59&B1=All&Custom= 11.4%] .
Traditional shopping areas on the Westside have been downtown Westbank, the Lakeview Heights Shopping Centre and in other small centres. However, in the 1990s, Canadian federal grant money allowed the Westbank First Nation to bring in water supplies from Okanagan Lake which has allowed them to open their reserves to major development. Starting with a shopping centre at the juncture between Westbank and I.R. #10, right next door to "downtown" Westbank, the Westbank First Nation has begun building major commercial developments all along Highway 97 as it passes through the reserve. In the fall of 2006 'big-box' shopping centre was opened on Westbank First Nation land. This new shopping area is called the "Hub Centre" in honour of the former occupant of the site, a hub cap shop. Nearby developments include the 18-hole Two Eagles Golf Course and attendant housing, other major on-reserve housing developments, and another major shopping centre on the other side of the highway.
The Westside is part of
School District 23 Central Okanagan. Lakeview Heights is home to the centrally located [http://www.mbs.sd23.bc.ca Mount Boucherie Secondary School] . As well, the Westside includes two Middle schools; [http://www.cnb.sd23.bc.ca Constable Neil Bruce] and [http://www.gms.sd23.bc.ca Glenrosa] Middle schools. There are many well situated elementary schools serving the Westside like [http://www.hre.sd23.bc.ca Hudson Road] and [http://www.rve.sd23.bc.ca Rose Valley Elementary] and [http://www.gre.sd23.bc.ca/ Glenrosa Elementary]
Alongside Mount Boucherie Secondary School is the Mount Bouceherie [http://www.regionaldistrict.com/departments/parks/westside/ws_parks_mbcca.aspx Multiplex Centre] housing Mount Boucherie Community Centre, Jim Lind Arena, home to the
BCHLteam the Westside Warriors, and Royal Lepage Place.
* [http://www.westside.ca Westside website]
* [http://www.joinkelowna.com/welcome/ "Join Kelowna" campaign]
* [http://www.ourwestside.ca Ourwestside - Welcome to Canada's Newest City]
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