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Peachland to amend OCP

The District of Peachland may have found a way around a court battle over a downtown development.

Council is expected to give first and second readings tonight to an amendment to the Official Community Plan, which would allow for a five-storey development on Beach Avenue. The current OCP suggests buildings no taller than three storeys be constructed on the downtown street.

The controversial development, approved by council last year, has been the subject of protests by the Friends of Beach Avenue, who say the OCP must be adhered to.

They are challenging the development in court, asking the court to require the municipality only allow a three-storey development on the properties.

Mayor Cindy Fortin said the municipality has been in the process of amending the OCP for more than a year. She says it likely would have been done by now if it weren't for the floods and fires last year.

"We are going to be clarifying the language in the next version of the OCP anyway, so all we are doing is clarifying the language now to save the taxpayer a long court case that's going to probably cost a fair amount of money," said Fortin.

Fortin opposition to the project is contrary to a citizen survey that found residents in favour of revitalizing downtown Peachland.

Should the amendment pass first and second readings tonight, it would go to a public hearing Jan. 30.

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