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Rutland project with over 100 rentals to be reviewed by council

More rental apartment units could be on the way for the Rutland area.

Next week, Kelowna City Council will be reviewing a staff recommendation to issue development permits for a proposed six-storey apartment building on Dougall Road.

The residential project would include 105 units with 15 ground-oriented units.

That includes 55 one-bedrooms, 40 two-bedrooms, four two-bedrooms with a den and six three-bedroom units.

PK Developments, an Alberta-based company, is eyeing 475 Dougall Road N. for their project.

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The developer is providing 112 parking stalls, which is three less than the city requires.

However, a staff report says the applicant will be making a cash-in-lieu payment of $32,292 to make up for those unprovided stalls. They are providing 96 bicycle parking stalls, which is four more than the city requires.

In addition, the developer is proposing a payment of $63,815 to the city’s Public Amenity and Streetscape Capital Reserve Fund in exchange for more density and height.

According to staff’s report, this property lands in the Rutland Urban Centre which allows a base building height of four storeys/18 metres with an opportunity of a bonus height of two storeys/eight metres.

The applicant is matching the base height but is looking for a bonus of two storeys or 3.7 metres.

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These types of building height bonuses are allowed under the city’s recently adopted Zoning Bylaw if the developer makes payments to certain reserves, or in other cases, offers a rental component.

To address any potential impacts from the massing of the building, the developer has stepped the building down to five storeys on the west and southern sides to “provide a more sensitive transition” to the adjacent single family lots.

The parking and density/height bonuses are the only “extras” included in this application as there are no variance requests.

As for amenity space, the developer is proposing common amenity spaces with an indoor fitness rom and a lounge area on the main level, an indoor amenity space on the top floor with a games area, lounge, kitchen and tables as well as a rooftop amenity area with barbeques, a covered patio and lounge area.

Staff recommend support for the project because it meets several design guidelines laid out in the Official Community Plan and is located in an area surrounded by transit, schools and parks.

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