35-unit complex at council

Plans for a 35-unit townhouse complex in Penticton were introduced during Tuesday night's council meeting, and will go to a public hearing in two weeks after passing first reading. 

The land parcel for the proposed development includes three properties between Riverside Drive and Wylie Street — including the site of Park Royal RV Park and the former site of the Highland Motel.

The developer, Azura Management, plans to building 35 three-storey townhouses spread across seven buildings on the property. The townhouses are each proposed to be 1,500 square-feet. 

The project will require multiple bylaw amendments by council as well as multiple variance approvals regarding small yard sizes.

"It's exciting to see something new going into that area. The area's certainly been in need for a bit of a facelift," Coun. Max Picton said.

Discussion on the project largely centred around who will pay to fix Wylie Street and Burnaby Avenue — roads that are in “very poor condition, with storm water management issues and crumbling asphalt," according to staff's report from senior planner Audrey Tanguay.

The work is estimated to cost $800,000, the scope of which will be similar to infrastructure improvements on Main Street downtown, according to director of developmental services Anthony Haddad.

Staff is proposing the city to pay for the work up front, with the benefiting properties of the work fully paying back the city in a payment plan between 15 to 20 years.

The benefiting properties would need to agree to pay by majority in a petition, and Haddad said the alternative is to have Azura "upgrade the infrastructure to pretty much 90 per cent of what would be required."

One resident, Linda Sankey, asked council and staff about concerns on traffic control in the area, with the development being proposed near Highway 97 and likely being geared for young families and children.

Haddad said no traffic improvements are required for the proposed units but that it will be taken into consideration. 

The public hearing on the proposed development will take place on Feb. 20 at council chambers.


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