April 16, 2013 - 7:45 AM
A massive development proposed for Northern Glenmore would be three times bigger than the city plan allows for.
The 1,400-unit Diamond Mountain project, proposed by Troika Developments, raised some eyebrows at City Hall yesterday. Council said the developer will have to provide a lot more detail before they consider amending the area plan, which calls for just 460 units.
The development is proposed for the east end of Galiano Road, close to UBC Okanagan, and has an estimated 20-year build out. Mayor Walter Gray says the project would be on a similar scale to the Dilworth Mountain Estates which had a build out of 1,200 units and additional units tacked on later.
But Gray says, “I wouldn't want the public to think council is on board.”
While the developer wants to begin public consultation, Coun. Colin Basran says the City needs to see a more detailed plan before it gets to that stage.
“They're going to have to have some pretty good proof,” he says.
Counc. Gail Given questioned how the development would contribute to urban sprawl. Concerned it would push city boundaries out too far, Given asked, “where does that lead us down the road?”
Until the developer provides a better rationale for the weighty development, city council won't be making any decisions.
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