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Waterfront charrette participants set

The list of 33 people who will participate in a two-day charrette to help determine the future landscape of the Pandosy Waterfront project has now been determined.

A lottery was held Monday morning at City Hall to determine the final eight participants.

Four of those came from the South Pandosy neighbourhood and four more from the community at-large.

City communications supervisor, Jodie Foster-Sexsmith, says 15 people had applied for the four South Pandosy slots while 22 had put their names forward for the four at-large spots.

Those people will be contacted before the entire list off 33 participants is made public.

Foster-Sexsmith says more than half of those participating (17) in the charrette are residents or representatives of neighbourhood associations with the rest (16) coming from stakeholder groups.

Graham Hood, the city's strategic land development manager, says the charrette will take place Feb 25 and 26.

"They will be tasked with coming up with the future of the South Pandosy neighbourhood as well as a design for what occurs of seven city owned properties just to the north of Cedar Avenue," says Hood.

"They will be given the history of how we have gotten to this place, they will be given the framework that council has endorsed for them to work within and then they will be working with facilitators who are very experienced in municipal charrettes and design workshops like this to move forward and design the neighbourhood and those sites."

The council endorsed parameters include:

  • Paddle Centre – Accommodate Kelowna Paddle Centre within redevelopment scenarios, including up to 5,000 square feet of space.
  • Financial Viability – Complete the development with no additional tax impact and consider development options which result in a financial return to the City for further reinvestment opportunities in the community.
  • Park – Incorporate a park and waterfront walkway as an integral part of the site.
  • Pedestrian and Park Connections – Incorporate park and pedestrian connections to current and anticipated developments.
  • Parking – Design site and buildings to meet bylaw requirements for parking in future zoning.
  • Riparian Setbacks – Respect required riparian setbacks.
  • Council Policy – Adhere to or make recommendations for amendment to Council Policy 76.
  • Timing – Complete public engagement and any required rezoning by the fall of 2014.

An original proposal for the area was shot down in 2011 by the previous council after a community backlash against a plan to include a commercial component into the planned park.

The proposal called for a mixed use commercial/park development on the 2.3 acre site along the waterfront on Abbott Street between Newsom and Cedar Avenues.

Most of those opposed to the project asked that the entire piece of waterfront be dedicated to parkland.

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