Despite opposition from Mayor Garry Litke and several residents, a plan for future land use in Penticton's northeast sector was approved Monday.
The mayor told the crowd attending the public hearing on the Spiller Road/Reservoir Road Neighbourhood Concept Plan that he has concerns about urban sprawl, oversupply, leapfrog development and fire risks.
"There are too many unanswered questions," he said.
Councillor Judy Sentes also voted against adoption of the plan.
The council decision means the plan was adopted into the official community plan, with amendments consisting of hillside development, wildlife interface development, environmental protection and village neighbourhood centred guidelines.
These would be the guidelines for future development in the area, according to Anthony Haddad, the city's director of development services.
Many residents who stepped up to the podium shared Litke's concerns. Some said developing the land brings an additional fire risk, while others said it was an area where 60 to 80 elk as well as other wildlife roam.
David Kozier, whose family resides onTodd Road, said he sees no benefit to the people of Penticton in the plan.
"I praise the work in the downtown core," he said. "This plan I see as SUVs commuting, relying on fossil fuel. I think there is a lot of ability for Penticton to grow in areas that make more sense. To me it's concerning the councillors who did vote for it, makes me question why they voted for it when there are better alternatives. There is smart growth and there is dumb growth and this area should be one of the last resorts."
With the adoption of the plan, the next step will be for the developer Canadian Horizons, the same developer for the Sendero Canyon development, to apply for a re-zoning subdivision application at some stage in the future, said Haddad.
"It's a longterm plan and an area in the city identified for longterm residential growth in 2002," he said.