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Kelowna council ponders the merits of group home's size

Plans to build a group home on Hall Road were stymied Monday, when Kelowna city council decided that size does matter.

Councillors were introduced to a proposed housing agreement to facilitate a building permit that would see Klassen Ventures build a  17,500 square foot, 10 bedroom group home for seniors, Monday.

Group homes are permitted on properties zoned for country residential lots, like the one on  Hall Road is.

However the size of this project gave them cause to create special meeting to gather public input from the neighbouring residents.

"I feel there needs to be some sort of public engagement on this," said Coun. Colin Basran.

"I'd like to see this on a Tuesday evening, not about use, but about size."

The project is on a property that could potentially be subdivided into three smaller lots, and some questions about whether that would put too much density in the area were raised.

"We'd be criticized if the pubic didn't have the opportunity to speak abut this," said Coun. Robert Hobson.

"It's not just a little house, it's a large purpose built structure."

Council passed a motion to organize a meeting for area residents  to air their concerns on the issue.

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