Council seeks compromise

Coldstream politicians toured the next phase of the Highlands at Kalamalka Lake on Middleton Way

A first-hand look has Coldstream politicians trying to resolve building heights.

Council members toured the next phase of the Highlands at Kalamalka Lake on Middleton Way Tuesday after neighbours expressed opposition to the developer’s height variance application.

“We are trying to balance the rights of the developer and the concerns of the neighbours,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

“The views of people on Middleton Way will be affected.”

The height variance being sought is from five to 6.5 metres on lots 19 to 33 below the road.

While on the tour, the developer used an 11-metre stick with a balloon to simulate heights.

“It demonstrated the impact will be from the higher side (of the road) and not the lower side where he is asking for a variance,” said Besso.

While no variance is needed for the high side of the road, Besso says an increased height of 1.5 metres on the lower side will influence what is constructed on the high part.

Two possible options, according to Besso, are to approve the variance as is or to disallow the variance unless restrictions are placed on the upper side heights to minimize the impact on the neighbours’ views.

Council will consider the variance July 15.

“We will see if a compromise can be reached,” said Besso.