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Habitat development trying again for Lake Country approval

Proposed design of Habitat for Humanity project.
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January 10, 2019 - 5:30 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - An ambitious housing project in Lake Country is looking for council approval to start construction.

Lake Country council is receiving a motion on a housing project at their Jan. 15 meeting. The proposal from Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is to build 12 multi-family units in four buildings at 10618 Powley Court. The project is the biggest undertaking yet for the Okanagan group.

According to the proposal recommendation from Paul Dupuis, planner for the District of Lake Country, Habitat purchased the property and applied for a development permit with variances on July 31, 2018 after several discussions with the District. The sheer scope of the project required reducing landscape buffers and yard setbacks.

On Oct. 2, 2018 Lake Country council sent the application back to staff for consideration after neighbours near the property raised concerns about privacy. According to the proposal, Habitat held several public consultations and even went door-to-door in Lake Country to discuss the project.

In their revised application, Habitat removed rear patios and any direct access to the rear of the building in order to address privacy concerns. This revised application will be before council on Tuesday. If it's approved, construction can get underway.

The goal of this project is to provide as much affordable living space as possible to low-income families, the society says.

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