Redevelopment of the former Kokanee Lodge is taking place on Sugar Lake

Redevelopment of the former Kokanee Lodge is taking place on Sugar Lake

Marina plan makes waves

Sugar Lake Development has applied to the provincial government to construct a 30-slip marina.

Redevelopment of a Cherryville area resort could include boat moorage.

Sugar Lake Development, which purchased Kokanee Lodge in February, has applied to the provincial government to construct a 30-slip marina.

“We are doing everything according to provincial regulations,” said a company spokesperson, who asked not to be identified.

“We want to do everything properly.”

The marina would replace an old dock, and some Cherryville residents have raised concerns about the scope of the resort development and boat traffic on the lake.

“I would like to appeal to the new owners to join with our community in being fine stewards of Sugar Lake, and to have policy in place to manage their residents and guests in a way that is fitting with the natural and clean beauty they are being blessed with to enjoy,” said resident Debbee Werner.

The marina proposal was discussed at the Regional District of North Okanagan’s Cherrville advisory planning committee meeting Monday.

“We are not opposed to it but we want some conditions,” said Hank Cameron, director.

It’s been suggested that a log boom be installed to manage marina access and reduce boat speed.

The marina would not have fuel sales, but Cameron would also like to see efforts taken to reduce lake contamination from people using gas cans to fill up their boats.

Cameron admits there are positive aspects to constructing a marina.

“People need somewhere to tie their boats up. The people who own the resort have been co-operative and we want a good neighbour policy.”

According to the development company spokesperson, a marina would alleviate some challenges.

“It will be a place for site owners to leave their boats so they don’t have to pull them in at night,” he said.

A biologist has been hired to look at fish habitat where the marina would be built.

Ten slips would initially be constructed and the remainder built as resort sites are sold.

There are 67 sites at the resort and some cabins are currently under construction.

“We are trying to make it into something for families,” said the spokesperson.

Water and sewer services have been approved for the resort.

“We’ve worked extensively with various government ministries and the regional district,” said the company spokesperson.

“The community will benefit by increasing tourism ad tax base. We want to be strong members of the community.”

The Ministry of Forests is accepting public input on the marina application until Nov. 1.