Major lakeside resort village proposed for Vernon waterfront

Lakeside resort proposed

A major resort hotel, residential and commercial development is proposed for the Okanagan Lake shore in Vernon.

The Port Okanagan project by Avillia Developments would include a waterfront hotel on a property at the corner of Okanagan Landing and Lakeshore roads.

It would span across Lakeshore to include multi-family residential and commercial uses.

The proposal would also include a conference centre, park space and improved public waterfront access while also protecting a sensitive wetland area.

The project would require multiple official community plan revisions.

The properties cover an area of 6.35 hectares (15.7 acres)

A report to council states the Port Okanagan project "would offer a unique opportunity to increase public enjoyment of the lake while creating a tourist and residential destination."

The mixed-use village would consist of a mix of low-rise to mid-rise buildings, up to 10 storeys in height, with underground parking structures as well as at-grade parking.

The site includes a high-value wetland habitat and a sensitive ecosystem, as well as the foreshore of Okanagan Lake, the report notes.

An environmental assessment lays out appropriate streamside protection and enhancement areas and would require Department of Fisheries and Oceans authorization for works that may impact fish habitat.

A flood hazard assessment report will also be required.

Because the properties are within 4,000 metres of Vernon Regional Airport, the height of structures can be no higher than 45 metres.

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