Developer takes city to task

One report, two interpretations.

The developer of the proposed Diamond Mountain development south of the Glenmore Landfill is offering its version of a report suggesting the landfill could be a "nuisance" to the project.

In a report for Kelowna council consideration Monday, planning staff suggests the city not proceed with an area structure plan for the development because of concerns over the visual impact, odour, noise and dust from the landfill.

Troika Management Corp, which is proposing the 800-home development, has concerns over a city-commissioned report which led to its conclusions.

“What we’re hearing is two different interpretations of the same study,” says Troika CEO, Renee Wasylyk.

“One interpretation is that there won’t be any additional impact for 100 years, and the other is that the additional impact is significant enough to prevent or at least alter development at Diamond Mountain and the rest of the Glenmore community.”

Wasylyk says the former interpretation was used previously to approve the revised fill plan at the landfill. That report, written in May, 2017, said the 88-hectare community is the least affected and completely safe for residents.

She adds if the city interprets the study as a reason to shut down Diamond Mountain, it could also impact future developments at UBC Okanagan, Quail Ridge, McKinley Landing and Wilden.

Troika is proposing a development which includes about half of 88 hectares dedicated to natural areas and trails, among other environmentally-minded design ideas and materials.

“We want to bring to Kelowna a community that’s sustainable, that relieves the city’s affordable housing issue, that fits a real range of residents and families at different stages of life and scales of income,” says Wasylyk. 

“If the area structure plan isn’t approved, the property is already zoned for Agricultural 1 (A1) so we would proceed with developing seventeen 10-acre lots that only the wealthy could afford, and the public parks, lookouts and trails would be lost”.

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