Kelowna buys land south of Glenmore landfill

The City of Kelowna has purchased land south of the Glenmore Landfill, for nearly $12-million dollars. 

City Real Estate Manager Johannes Sauferer says two parcels were purchased totalling 182 acres. 

"The lands were purchased from the landfill reserve, so there's no impact on taxation, and they'll be added to the existing buffer lands to prevent noise, odour and dust issues that have been identified," he says.  

Last year, Troika Development proposed building about a thousand homes on the land, to be called Diamond Mountain, but was turned down by city council, because of those issues. There was a concern from council that potential homeowners would be negatively affected by the operations of the landfill. 

Sauferer says with decades and decades of life remaining at the landfill, the city wanted to preserve those operations.

He says one property will remain vacant - the other will be used as a ranch. Sauferer says "one of the land owners is staying on; they have an agreement to stay on for four years so they'll graze their cattle there and use that site."

The other property will remain undeveloped. 

There is no public access to the properties.