Council will hear a new proposal for a single-family neighbourhood development on the 51-hectare property at 1050 Spiller Road at their meeting on May 17, 2022.
The conceptual lot layout plan proposes 112 rural residential lots ranging in size from 0.5 to 1.5 acres, a substantial reduction from the 300-plus lot proposal denied by Council in February 2021.
“There have been significant amendments to the development plan to address several concerns heard from the public in the past proposal, specifically regarding the development being too dense,” said Audrey Tanguay, the City’s Planning and Licensing Manager.
The proposed plan requires an amendment to the Official Community Plan (OCP) to change the future land use designations of ‘Detached Residential’ and ‘Ground Oriented Residential’ to ‘Rural Residential’ with a site specific provision to support 0.5 acre lot sizes. The ‘Parks’, ‘Natural and Conservation Areas’ and ‘Landfill and Landfill Buffer’ designations will be maintained.
As a first step in the process to review the application, Council is being asked to direct staff to commence public engagement and gather feedback on the new proposal prior to considering the amendments to the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws.
“Through the previous application for 300 lots, the public voiced concerns that the development was too dense for the area. This could suggest that the current OCP future land use designations support more density than the community envisions for the future of this property,” said Tanguay. “Should Council direct staff to engage with the community on this proposal, we can explore if the density included in the current proposal is acceptable to the community.”
The applicants have also applied to amend the zoning on the property from RSM (Mobile Home Park) and RC (Country Residential) to RCC (Country Residential Cluster), a zone proposed to be added to the Zoning Bylaw in support of the subject proposal, ultimately allowing for 0.5 acre rural lots. The applicant will also include P2 (Parks and Recreation) zoning throughout the property.
If Council agrees, staff will initiate an engagement program including creating a page on the City’s shapeyourcitypenticton.ca website and hosting a series of information events for interested citizens to learn more about the proposal, ask questions and share their feedback. Dates for the events will be confirmed pending Council’s decision.
Residents interested in viewing the proposal can access a copy as part of the May 17 Regular Council Meeting Agenda available at penticton.ca