The Kelowna Chamber wants city council to rethink what it calls the “downgrading” future land use designation of Kelowna Spring Golf Course.
In a letter to council, the Chamber said it has “several principle-based issues”.
There is a public hearing on June 20 for council to hear opinions on whether the property should be kept for possible industrial use or changed to private recreational zoning.
The golf course, which was sold earlier this year, is currently zoned P3 parks and open space, but in the 2040 Official Community Plan (OCP), approved by council last year, it was earmarked for future potential industrial use.
“We are opposed to both the potential reconsideration of the adopted land-use designation in the OCP and the process that is being used to expedite that potential outcome,” the Chamber’s letter reads.
The Chamber said it raised the issue of the need for designated light-industry property during the OCP’s community consultation phase. It also pointed to the presentation of the Commercial Goods Study to council at its June 5 regular meeting.
“The findings of that study included the repeated message that Kelowna has an opportunity to become the primary interior hub for the transportation of goods…and to avoid “the crisis of lack of industrial lands that is now plaguing Vancouver,” the letter also stated.
The Chamber added council is sending an uncertain message to the investment and development community, and that a long-term plan for the Kelowna Springs property is being put at risk.
“The financial benefits through fees and taxes that would flow to the citizens of Kelowna from redevelopment would only be surpassed by the boost to the local economy as a result of 500-600 well paying jobs (1200 in the long-term).”
The June 20 public hearing starts at 4 p.m. at city hall.