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Wine park latest amenity proposal for Kelowna Mountain development
The Kelowna Mountain development has cleared a financial legal hurdle, plans to add the world's first agricultural-based wine park to its roster of individual project proposals and remains at odds with the Regional District for the Central Okanagan, says development proponent Mark Consiglio.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Consiglio unveiled the development's 2014 construction capital program will be the wine park, featuring a two kilometre long summer canal and promenade surrounded by 12 architecturally distinct greenhouses, each growing grapes for 12 different wine products including Red, White, icewine, Ginseng, Rice, Sake, Port, Sherry, Aperitif, Balsamic and specialty wines.
Consiglio said $50 million has already been invested in the development's existing welcome centre building, suspension bridges and other features, and that investment will be doubled by the proposed wine park addition.
Consiglio also revealed he has received approval from the B.C. Securities Commission to continue selling limited partnership units for the Kelowna Mountain development.
He said all the existing unit investors had an opportunity to reclaim their initial investments when the BCSC put a hold on his money raising scheme, saying that 88 per cent of the unit holders have chosen to remain with the project.
Today, the units are open to investors again at a cost of $150,000 per unit.
As well, Consiglio's adversarial relationship with the regional district isn't going away anytime soon. He has petitioned for a judicial review in B.C. Supreme Court to overturn the RDCO's decision to limit his occupancy use of a the welcome centre, which cost $5 million to build.
He said he eagerly awaits his day in court, and is seeking an injunction to further prohibit the RDCO from interfering with what he claims is Kelowna Mountain's lawful use and occupation of the welcome centre.
Further, Consiglio said the development plans such as the wine park will all fall within his property's existing rural zoning bylaw, meaning each will not require any rezoning, area structure plan, development plan or Official Community Plan amendment.
Essentially, Consiglio made it clear he plans to add one amenity feature at a time to the development with little more than seeking a building permit and occupancy permit where required; it is all to be serviced by the development's own water and sewer service, without any government agency oversight.
Watch for more details from the Kelowna Mountain development at www.kelownacapnews.com and in the Tuesday edition of the Capital News.