Kaslo Employment Lands Geospatial Analysis

Executive Summary

Employment Lands Geospatial Analysis focuses on understanding available commercial, industrial, and agricultural lands and related infrastructure and economic assets and gaps that exist in the Basin-Boundary region. With an improved understanding of the type and availability of ‘wealth generating’ lands and related assets the region will be in a better position to make informed decisions and attract and retain businesses and investment. The objectives of the project include:

  • to produce a regional baseline employment lands, infrastructure and related economic assets inventory database and web-based geospatial tool;
  • to bring together key stakeholders to generate regional discussion and analysis of the employment lands landscape; and
  • assess whether there is an adequate inventory (supply) of employment lands available for the development of new or expanding investment and job creation.

Using the results of the pan-regional Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) survey and data supplied by BC Assessment to proxy for demand and supply respectively, this study analysed the location and sector concentrations of constraints to investment imposed by a lack of suitable premises (employment lands).
Results from this two-year project show that there are some limited constraints to business expansion deriving from limited access to employment lands. These constraints, however, are very tightly focused in a few communities, and are not universal across the economy; in fact, these complaints tend to be sector specific as well.