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Deciding Beach Ave. fate

The fate of a controversial development across from Peachland's waterfront will be determined tonight.

Council will debate whether to give third reading and final adoption to an Official Community Plan amendment and zoning amendment for a five-storey mixed-use development along Beach Avenue.

The current OCP only allows for construction of three-storey buildings along the downtown street.

At a raucous public hearing two weeks ago, most in attendance voiced their disapproval.

Most who spoke cited a combination of issues including, contravention of the OCP which they believe is a binding document and can't be ignored, the erosion of what is a quaint little downtown and the precedent the decision will create, a loss of lake views and lessening of property values, and the loss of parking spots in an already parking-strapped area of town.

The developer, Gaetan Royer, said a three-storey mixed commercial/residential building would not be financially viable.

He said no developer would ever be able to make money with three storeys.

Those who spoke in favour said the development would add to the flavour of downtown and bring employment opportunities to the municipality.

Council deferred a decision until tonight.

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