Golf resort back at RDOS

The public will get a chance to have their say on a large residential development at the Twin Lakes golf course if Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen board members vote this week to send the rezoning application to a public hearing.

Applicant Suki Sekhon is looking to rezone two parcels of land to “complement the existing golf course with up to 232 new residential units and tourism facilities,” the RDOS staff report says. The proposal will unroll in two phases over 25 years.

RDOS staff are recommending sending the rezoning to public hearing and also put forward an servicing agreement with the regional district to “ensure the proposed community water system and community sanitary system is designed and built in accordance with RDOS bylaws.”

The agreement between the RDOS and the owners would also include terms and conditions on how the systems would be turned over to the regional district, with plans for the district to take over maintenance and operation of water and sanitary systems constructed for the development.

The project passed first reading in 2018 and comes before an RDOS board with some new faces since the election. A 150-acre piece of land next to the golf course already permits the developer to build more than 200 units.

Sehkon is looking to transfer the existing zoning bylaws to the lot which includes the golf course.

A community open house was hosted at the Twin Lakes golf clubhouse in February, 2018 which was attended by approximately 36 people and another information meeting was held in June, 2018 with similar attendance and conditions were recommended to the board that would help ensure the water in the area was maintained.

RDOS staff in their report said the agreement is not typical of most development applications the regional district receives, given the phasing of the proposal is “dependent on proving water sustainability and the regional district will own and operate the water and sewer infrastructure.”

The RDOS board will vote on whether or not they will send the matter to a public hearing at their March 21 meeting.

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