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Two controversial items on City of Kelowna public hearing agenda

A digitalized view from the water, looking at the proposed Aqua Resort.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Mission Group
May 02, 2017 - 12:25 PM

KELOWNA - Two hot topics are on the agenda at tonight's public hearing at Kelowna City Hall, which is expected to be a long one.

The rezoning of a lakefront property to make way for a high-rise community resort and a temporary farm worker housing bylaw amendment are up for public debate tonight, May 2.

The Mission Group's proposed Aqua resort development, in the 3000 block of Capozzi Road and 550 Truswell Rd. just south of the Eldorado Hotel and Marina and Manteo Resort, includes four separate buildings, a four-storey boat storage building, and three residential towers ranging from 13 to 19 storeys in height. The proposed development would have 350 units and the boat storage building would house up to 200 boats.

In order to facilitate the proposal, a height variance will have to be approved. In the initial reading of the rezoning application last month, council expressed their concerns over the height of the lakefront towers.

“It’s big,” Mayor Colin Basran said. “It’s a lot for one property.”

Also on the agenda at tonight's public hearing is an amendment to the temporary farm worker housing bylaw.

The amendment is aimed at making the process for farmers seeking to have temporary farm worker housing more streamlined. However, the maximum amount of workers each farm has to adhere to in order to qualify for the streamlined process has caused some concern.

“It’s not a question of need, we do need some regulations in place, however more consultation is needed,” Glen Lucas general manager of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association has said. “I’m very disappointed council approved this to go to a public hearing without having proper discussion with people in the industry first.”

The public hearing starts at 6:00 p.m. tonight, May 2, at Kelowna City Hall.

Find past stories on proposed Aqua Resort here.

Get caught up on temporary farm worker housing issue here.


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