Project explores additional options

Additional activities could occur at a proposed commercial complex in Coldstream.

Additional activities could occur at a proposed commercial complex in Coldstream.

Council has decided that library, bus depot and taxi dispatch office are permitted uses if the Trintec Enterprises development proceeds on Highway 6, next to the Regional District of North Okanagan office.

“It could make the project more viable,” said Coun. Bill Firman of expanding activities there.

Besides a library, potential activities allowed by the district include arcades, billiard halls, bowling alleys, health spas, museums, pubs, sports clubs and theatres.

Beyond, a bus depot and taxi dispatch office, the site could also include animal beauty parlours, appliance repair, barber shops, costume rental, day care, dry cleaners, hairdressers, locksmiths, optical shops, shoe repair and video rentals.

District staff had recommended against cabarets, night clubs, automobile repair, taxi dispatch and bus depots.

“Such uses seem inappropriate in the proposed shopping centre area and are already provided for in other zones,” said Craig Broderick, director of development, in a written report.

“The transportation facilities use is more similar to an industrial use and may not be considered the most aesthetically pleasing use.”

However, Coun. Maria Besso says transportation facilities should be permitted in case community needs change in the future.

“It could be a place for people from Lumby and  Lavington to transfer to another bus,” she said.

Firman doesn’t expect one of the uses will ever materialize.

“It’s unlikely a library will ever go in Coldstream because Okanagan Regional Library is completing a new $12 million library branch in Vernon,” he said.

Besso agrees a full branch is unlikely but she says ORL could embrace other future service models.

“There could be a coffee shop library but if library is not in the wording of the bylaw, we can’t have it,” she said.

The district is currently considering property setback amendments for the Trintec property and a public hearing will be held at a future date.


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