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Peachland council to consider moving controversial housing development forward

A 72-unit development on Renfrew Road next to Hardy Falls has residents concerned
District of Peachland municipal offices. (Gary Barnes/Captial News)

Area residents have raised several concerns about a proposal to build a 72-unit development on Renfrew Road next to Hardy Falls.

They’re worried about the number of units, traffic safety, emergency access and road infrastructure. Residents also held a protest march against the project last month.

At its May 23 regular meeting, council directed staff to meet with the developer to explore whether the project could be scaled back to 60-units.

A staff report going to council on Tuesday, June 27 indicates that is not likely to happen.

“While the ability to adjust the density yield through the approval process certainly exists, the applicant stated that doing so would have a direct correlation to the overall project feasibility and would likely result in an increase in the end costs to buyers,” the report states.

The developer has agreed to cap the number of units at 72.

Several other conditions are also attached to the project including a $100,000 contribution for transportation network improvements, parks improvement and wildfire mitigation plans, as well as a second vehicular access route from Bulyea Ave. to Sherburn Ave.

Staff is recommending that council give third reading to Official Community Plan amendments and rezoning bylaws to move the project forward.

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Gary Barnes

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Recently joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. With almost 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting...
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