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Casa Loma residents unite

Casa Loma residents in West Kelowna have united in opposition to a major development in the neighbourhood.

The Casa Loma Community Association has elected a new board of directors.

The group held its annual general meeting on June 22, and members have been outspoken about the planned Blackmun Bay development, which would see 218 apartments, 86 townhomes, a 180-room hotel and a 241-slip marina built on Campbell Road.

A petition against the project had more than 200 signatures as of the beginning of the month.

"The proposal is inconsistent with both the neighbourhood character of the single access Casa Loma community, and is inconsistent with the Official Community Plan of West Kelowna, that does not support this area as high density residential and commercial area," the petition states.

Council has given second reading to a series of zoning amendments that will bring the development to a public hearing. Mayor Gord Milsom and city planning manager Brent Magnan spoke at the residents's AGM.  

"The primary issue of discussion was the proposed density of the Blackmun Bay Development," the community association said in a press release. "The community was disappointed in the lack of attendance of three of the councillors who voted at the second reading in favour of this controversial, high-density project in the Casa Loma community, although they were invited. It was hoped that each would outline their reasons for supporting this development, which far exceeds the density outlined in the Official Community Plan for Casa Loma."

The new board consists of Ryan Holt, president, Heather Schaub and Shirley Pacholok, co-treasurers, Anne Macnab, secretary, Rodney Wright, Jesper Kock, and Don Drissell, directors.

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