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Second huge West Kelowna housing project proposed

This is the view from part of the proposed Smith Creek housing project in West Kelowna.
Image Credit: Submitted/City of West Kelowna
October 27, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Less than a month after the Goats Peak residential subdivision was revived another development, that’s almost as big, is heading to West Kelowna city council.

The Goats Peak development was put on hold in 2018 in protest against the province’s speculation tax but was presented to the City’s Advisory Planning Commission in late September to restart the rezoning process.

West Kelowna council will be asked at its meeting tonight, Oct. 27, to approve a Concept Development Plan for the 154-hectare, 905-unit Smith Creek project.

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The area stretches north of the Westbank town centre with 683 single/double family homes and 222 units of cluster housing proposed. Cluster housing is described as single-family homes with their own parking spaces and yards but sharing common entryways, courtyards or terraces.

The Goats Peak developers are proposing 933 single-family and townhouse units on 65 hectares across Highway 97 from Gorman’s mill.

Some of the land in the Smith Creek project is already zoned, so construction could start soon after the plan is approved. It’s expected to take 20 years to completely build out.

This outlines the boundaries of the 154-hectare Smith Creek housing project.
This outlines the boundaries of the 154-hectare Smith Creek housing project.
Image Credit: Submitted/City of West Kelowna

It will require the extension of Tallus Ridge Drive once 600 units are built. There also needs to be two reservoirs with booster stations built because of the high elevation of some of the housing.

Some of the natural rustic trails will remain and a trail network is planned to connect the Shannon Woods development to the Smith Creek Ranch area.

The planning process started in 2014. The land owners are listed as four numbered companies with Kelowna addresses and Astro Properties Ltd. in Kelowna.


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