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Kingfisher project approved
A proposed development at Kingfisher could be moving ahead despite significant opposition.
In a 3-2 vote Wednesday, Regional District of North Okanagan directors agreed to rezone a property on Mabel Lake Road to allow for a 24-lot residential subdivision and a one-acre commercial property.
“It meets the local area plan and there’s a plan for a marina,” said director Rick Fairbairn of some public concerns about a lack of boat moorage.
Jackie Pearase, the director for Kingfisher, voted against the rezoning, saying the proposal is premature.
“The official community plan is a future document and it fits with the OCP but the future they are envisioning isn’t here yet,” she said.
“Nothing has sold out there and there are already houses people haven’t moved into. The real estate market is very slow.”
Directors received a number of letters from residents against the rezoning.
“I do not see the existing issues with parking, traffic, trespassing, illegal camping, beach users verses boaters, moorage, excessive buoys and improper use of boats on the lake and river have been addressed,” said Sue Saloka in her letter.
Brenda Sherwood wrote that the 2012 area plan for Kingfisher identifies a lack of parking and infrastructure and possible environmental impacts from development.
“The Kingfisher area plan clearly states that additional expansion should not be allowed until these issues were addressed,” she said.
However, applicant Fritz Jagert defends his proposal.
“The area plan contemplates an increase in density,” he said.
He says that a marina project will address concerns about buoys on the lake and suites in some of his units will provide seasonal workers at the Mabel Lake Resort with accommodations.
“It’s a sensible and much-needed development. It will serve a purpose.”
Support came from resident Don Ennis, who says an increased population base will ensure amenities and jobs.
“People have come there and don’t want anyone else to come and that’s wrong. That’s not how you build a community.”
The RDNO board will withhold final adoption of the rezoning bylaw until the engineering department is satisfied the existing sewer water and sewer utilities can accommodate the subdivision.