Feedback sought on Cultus Lake growth plans

The Cultus Lake Park Board is looking for input on four possible growth scenarios for the future.

One of four possible scenarios being considered for future growth within the Cultus Lake Park Board Area.

The Cultus Lake Park Board is looking for input on four possible growth scenarios for the future.

They’re part of a review of the community’s Official Community Plan, which will guide planning decisions in the future.

The scenarios are based on input from the community following an open house in the fall and public surveys, as well as from the Future Plan Advisory Committee, park board staff and local stakeholder groups.

The scenarios, which are posted on line and were on display at the lake over the weekend, range from the status quo, to a 75 per cent increase in the park board area’s total population base and a 92 per cent increase in its commercial area.

The low growth scenario includes a more modest population growth projection of 20 per cent, with the addition of 170 new residential units, taking the form of secondary suites and infill housing.

Income from an expanded Sunnyside Campground, which currently provides nearly 50 per cent of the Park Board’s revenue, would grow by 10 per cent, while the new residential units would add as much as 16 per cent.

The third scenario would include residential development around Cultus Lake Golf Course, as well as the extension of Park and Mountain View. That would add 320 new housing units to increase the park board area’s housing stock by 70 per cent.

Population would increase by 40 per cent, with the addition of 680 new residents.

The most ambitious scenario would add 650 new residential units, for an overall increase of 1,350 new residents – an increase of 75 per cent.

The total commercial area, meanwhile, would jump by 92 per cent.

All four scenarios carry costs. Even the status quo would require roughly $3.5 million in infrastructure upgrades for water and sewer services.

The most aggressive growth scenario would require $4.5 million in water upgrades and another $7.5 million in sewer system upgrades.

Vehicle traffic would also increase. Currently there are about 900 vehicle trips in and out of the Cultus Lake Park Board area. That would increase by 25 per cent under the low growth scenario, 30 per cent under the moderate, and 75 per cent under the high growth scenario.

Park board staff is looking for feedback on the four proposals. They hope to winnow down the four scenarios to one, which will form the blueprint for future land use in the park board area.

The public is invited to complete an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/F35MWM9.

For more information, go to plancultus.com/plancultus-scenarios/.

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