Lakeside Property

Vernon rejects six-storey lakefront condo improvement

The Brooks Lane website on Okanagan Lake.


June 28, 2019 – 2:15 PM

VERNON – A six-storey lakefront condo constructing slated for Okanagan Touchdown Highway has been rejected by council.

The 19 unit, six-storey condo constructing, was proposed for a website off Okanagan Touchdown Highway however met stiff resistance from neighborhood members who voiced their considerations at a June 24 public listening to.

Following the general public listening to council in the end rejected the rezoning utility the challenge wanted to be constructed, with Coun. Kari Gares the one supporter of the event.

Coun. Dalvir Nahal stated she thought this was the primary challenge she’d voted towards whereas sitting on council.

The six-storey condo constructing was proposed for 2 adjoining tons, 4797 and 7501 Brooks Lane, simply off Okanagan Touchdown Highway, close to the Strand Lakeside Resort. The applying requested the land be rezoned from single residential houses to vacationer business. The vacationer business class would enable a constructing as much as 9 storeys  on the positioning.

The developer proposed a six-storey, 19 unit constructing with 35 underground parking stalls. In accordance with Metropolis bylaws, upon rezoning, the event additionally would come with a six-metre strip of land alongside the lakeshore, operating the width of the lot to be changed into a public park. A public path would even be constructed alongside the constructing giving the general public entry to the waterfront. Metropolis employees advised the assembly the general public park was a part of a long-term objective to create public entry alongside the lake from Kin Seaside to Paddlewheel Park.

Whereas council heard from metropolis employees that the rezoning and improvement have been supported within the Official Neighborhood Plan and the 2011 Waterfront Neighbourhood Plan, close by neighbours appeared unimpressed.

“That is going to destroy the neighbourhood,” one gentleman advised the council.

From a full council chamber round a dozen members of the general public took their considerations to council.

Whereas some had lived within the space for many years, others have been relative newcomers and lived in close by lakefront three storey buildings.

“You’re destroying the worth of our stunning dwelling,” one individual advised council.

“Who’s going to take care of and police the park? A few of our public we now have as we speak we would not need them strolling into our backyards,” one other individual stated.

Points with parking dominated the dialogue, together with short-term leases — 70 per cent of the constructing might be used for short-term leases — and the constructing’s top have been all main considerations.

“We’re constructing a citadel in the midst of nowhere making an present downside worse,” Coun. Scott Anderson advised council. “This basically adjustments the character of the neighbourhood.”

The one councillor to vote in favour of the challenge, Kari Gares, nonetheless stated she was having a “troublesome time” with the challenge.

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming advised the listening to he lived close by on Okanagan Touchdown Highway and stated he thought the event was out of character.

“I discover the peak inappropriate for the realm,” he stated.

Like others, the mayor stated he was having a “troublesome time” with the event.

After nearly three hours of deliberations, council voted to reject the rezoning, due to this fact, quashing the event Councillor Kelly Fehr was not current and councillor Brian Quiring stepped down from the assembly citing a battle of curiosity. Quiring’s structure agency has been engaged on the challenge.

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