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Variance first step in development of former Penticton gravel pit operation

A view of 1682 Lawrence Avenue looking south.
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April 03, 2019 - 4:49 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton city council approved a variance to a Lawrence Avenue property that will open the doors for subdivision and potential future development.

Council approved a variance permit for 1682 Lawrence Avenue, which is the site of a former gravel operation in the Columbia Heights area south of Sendero Canyon and Ridge residential developments.

City planning manager Blake Laven told council at yesterday’s regular meeting, April 2, the developer hoped to subdivide the land into three separate properties for future development. The subdivision would make it easier to sell the land.

The city’s Official Community Plan designates the land for a mixture of uses, including clustered single-family development, parkland, commercial and multiple family sites.

Laven said the variance was necessary to allow two areas of the parcel in a forest grazing zoning to be smaller than the minimum size required in the forest zoning category at 16 hectares. The applicants proposed to vary the lot area from 16 ha to .526 ha.

Staff recommended the variance, noting the move was only a first step in the development process, and would eventually assist in future planning for the area.

There was no comment or opposition to the variance request from council and it was approved.

Penticton City Council approved a variance to allow for subdivision of 1682 Lawrence Avenue, shown above, at yesterday's regular council meeting, April 2, 2019.
Penticton City Council approved a variance to allow for subdivision of 1682 Lawrence Avenue, shown above, at yesterday's regular council meeting, April 2, 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/City of Penticton

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