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Penticton council scheduled to once again review controversial Spiller Road development

A highly debated development along the Naramata bench is headed back to Penticton council on Tuesday.

The developer, Canadian horizons, was proposing 111 single-family lots at 1050 Spiller Road

Public engagement was approved in mid-May and was carried out until early July. According to city staff, more than 500 people submitted feedback.

According to the city, results from the public engagement showed strong opposition to the current proposal.

More than half of the participants (54%) are opposed to any development on this site due to the potential impacts to the environment.

The Society for the Preservation of the Naramata Bench also participated in the process and indicated that many of their concerns remain with the proposal including wildlife impacts, potential density, proximity to the landfill, infrastructure costs and traffic.

The Penticton Indian Band has also shown strong opposition to any development on these lands without greater consultation from the band.

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Another 16% engagement participants are fully supportive of development, believing the area can support development and help address the need for housing.

A further 30% support development with the following conditions:

  • brings City water to the area,

  • sufficiently addresses traffic safety,

  • mitigates the infrastructure concerns (i.e. storm water),

  • protects more natural lands and wildlife,

  • supports green building and addresses climate impacts,

  • features a mixture of larger rural lots that transition, and

  • ensures the density and development matches the surrounding area and contributes to the area’s brand.

In total, 70% of participants are opposed to this development proposal.

Since the completion of the engagement process, developer Canadian Horizons has decided to withdraw their zoning and OCP land use amendment applications and have made a new application.

As a result of the public engagement process and withdrawn application, city staff are not making any further recommendations at this time on any changes to the use for the lands.

Penticton City Council will be presented with these results during the regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 1 pm.

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