Spallumcheen’s southeast sector continues to be popular with developers.
Vernon-based Willowhaven Investments Ltd. has approached council with an application plan to develop in the sector’s south sub-area.
“We would like to have a one-hectare development in the south sub-area and it includes a well and septic concept,” said David Pusey of Willowhaven Investments.
Spallumcheen’s committee of the whole, following a presentation by Willowhaven, recommended to council that it grant initial consideration to the plan, which calls for the land use designation of eight specific lots to be changed from large holdings to small holdings, and a further six specific lots be changed from large holding to commercial.
Council also authorized preparation of an official community plan amendment bylaw to accomodate the land use designation changes.
Coun. Christine Fraser excused herself prior to the discussion as her family has property in the southeast sector. Coun. Rachael Ganson was absent from the meeting.
Township planner Marnie Skobalski reminded council that at the committee of the whole meeting, there was some discussion about leaving the area as rural residential land use over the long term and not so much of a transition to a higher-density use-type development.
“If that’s the case, I would suggest staff prepare a policy to that effect so it’s clear in the OCP that’s the intention of the south sub-area,” said Skobalski.
Council unanimously agreed to the policy recommendation.
The matter is to come back before council for first reading of the proposed bylaw amendment.
This development has nothing to do with an earlier application that is calling for the north sub-area of the southeast sector be changed from a designation of large holdings and residential to a combination of residential, low and medium density multi-family residential, small holdings, commercial, public institutional, parks and open space.