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West Kelowna council reviews zoning bylaw

West Kelowna council was required to make some key decisions regarding an important zoning bylaw on Tuesday.

The hour-and-a-half process was undertaken to ensure that district staff received early feedback and direction regarding significant changes to Zoning Bylaw No. 871.

The bylaw, which includes regulations with regard to permitted uses, density and the siting and sizing of buildings, is currently being reviewed to ensure it reflects an urban standard for West Kelowna and is consistent with the recently adopted Official Community Plan and several other master plans.

First, council unanimously decided to rezone Westbank Centre as per the land use considerations identified in the Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan.

“I think we need to get on with all of the pieces related to revitalizing Westbank centre. This is a step in the right direction,” said Findlater.

Council decided to defer the consideration of rezoning Gellatly Bay until it receives the outcome of the forthcoming waterfront design guidelines, which are anticipated to be completed by October.

All West Kelowna councillors voted to support the inclusion of a new compact lot zone tailored to certain sections of Westbank and Boucherie Centres.

Council didn’t wish to include a provision for the maximum gross floor area of single-detached dwellings within the zoning bylaw.

“I think we’re well covered already with the 40 per cent maximum coverage, I don’t think we need to go further and over-regulate the development industry,” said Coun. Rick de Jong.

Council supported removing apartments as a permitted use in the R3A zone.

Finally, council opted to postpone a decision to support the inclusion of farm home plate regulations in the zoning bylaw until the regulations are reviewed by the Agriculture Advisory Committee.

Staff will move forward with the bylaw review and incorporate feedback received from council. The next zones to be reviewed include the commercial, industrial and parks and institutional zones.

It is anticipated that the draft bylaw will be ready for initial public review in either July or August.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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