Condos proposed for base of Knox Mountain headed to city council

Condos headed to council

Kelowna city council will be taking a look next week at a 227-unit condo development proposed for the eastern edge of Knox Mountain Park.

The property at Boynton Place and Highpoint Drive is one of the last large parcels to be developed in the area between Clifton Road and Knox Mountain Park on the former Marshall orchard lands.

According to a city staff report to council, the property was the subject of a large parkland acquisition in 2004 to expand Knox Mountain Park to include the lands around Kathleen Lake. Part of the compensation package to the land owner was increased residential density allocation on the remaining developable lands along Clifton Rd to allow townhouses and low-rise apartments.

The proposed development consists of 227 units spread across three buildings that are four storeys in height with underground parking. Units will be a mix of studio, one and two bedroom units while a clubhouse and private amenity space are included.

Council will need to approve development variances to allow the maximum building heights to go from 13 metres to 19.1 metres. A variance for the frontage of the building, 40 metres up to 90 metres, is also being requested by the developer. City staff are recommending council support the development.

Some neighbours have spoken publicly in opposition to the project over concerns related to its size.

Council will discuss the development at its evening meeting on July 12.

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