Okanagan Landing subdivision concept denied

Vernon council denied an application for a 33-lot, low-density subdivision on 14 acres on Eastside Road.

A proposed subdivision in Okanagan Landing has been shot down.

In a 4-3 vote Monday, Vernon council denied an application for a 33-lot, low-density subdivision on 14 acres on Eastside Road. The application was seeking a change in the land use from rural/agriculture to residential low density.

“A lot of thought and expertise went into the official community plan,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky, who denied the request along with Councillors Bob Spiers, Juliette Cunningham and Patrick Nicol.

“Our role is not to assist an individual’s own economic decisions. Our role is to assist the community.”

Sawatzky also pointed out that businesses have purchased land and initiated development plans based on the official community plan.

“There are implications for them if the plan is changed.”

Staff had recommended denying the application, saying there is already a substantial land inventory approved for such uses in the community.

However, Coun. Brian Quiring insisted those areas with lot capacity are more desirable for adults.

“There are a lot of lots but not an over abundance of family lots. It’s unfair to cripple development,” he said, adding the proposed development would benefit  schools and other amenities in the Landing.

Besides Quiring, Councillors Catherine Lord and Mary-Jo O’Keefe wanted the land use amendment application to proceed.

“The person wanting to develop is taking a risk and must feel he can bring people into Vernon,” said O’Keefe.

“It’s his risk and it won’t cost taxpayers anything if he doesn’t sell those lots.”