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UPDATE: Kelowna council sends 31-unit townhouse project to public hearing

(UPDATE: Jan. 9 @ 2:45 pm) – A proposed 31-unit addition to The Ponds development will be on a public hearing agenda in the near future.

During Monday’s meeting, council discussed a rezoning request for a townhouse development which is being proposed for a property on Hewetson Court.

Kelowna-based GTA Architecture Ltd. was requesting that council agree to rezone the property from RU1 – Large Lot Housing to MF2 – Townhouse Housing.

Design plans indicate that the project would be broken into 16 buildings and would include more than 60 parking spaces.

Additionally, 949 Hewetson Court is located in a hillside and environmentally sensitive area.

“Given the amount of public input, public hearing may be warranted on this one,” said councillor Loyal Wooldridge, who agreed with his council colleague Mohini Singh.

Council voted unanimously to forward this proposal to a public hearing. This will likely be featured at the Feb. 14 public hearing, which will start at 6 pm.

(Original story: Jan. 7 @ 1:21 pm) – Another townhouse project could soon be on its way for a neighbourhood in the Upper Mission.

On Monday, Kelowna City Council will be considering a rezoning application for a proposed 31-unit multi-family development on Hewetson Court.

The applicant, Kelowna-based GTA Architecture Ltd., is requesting that council agree to rezone the property from RU1 – Large Lot Housing to MF2 – Townhouse Housing.

Design plans indicate there would be 62 parking spots and the units would be broken into 16 buildings, which would all be two-storeys.

City staff say this would be another addition to The Ponds neighbourhood development.

Under The Ponds’ Area Structure Plan, which was adopted in 2007, the property (949 Hewetson Court) was identified as being suitable for cluster housing.

<who> Photo Credit: GTA Architecture Ltd.

Overall, city planning staff are supportive of the proposal because it falls in line with future land use designations, is within the permanent growth boundary and follows objectives in the Official Community Plan.

However, the project would be built in an environmentally sensitive and hillside area.

Planning staff are recommending that the final adoption of the rezoning, if approved by council, be considered after a Natural Environment and Hazardous Condition Development Permit is issued.

No variances are included in the development permit application, which has yet to be considered by city council.

This project will be discussed during the regular meeting scheduled for Monday at 1:30 pm.

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