West Kelowna residents conflicted over proposed new development on greenfields

The Smith Creek Development could add close to 2,100 new residents

The City of West Kelowna building. (Capital News file photo)

The City of West Kelowna will hold a public hearing for a new housing development on 150 hectares of undeveloped land that could house up to 2,100 residents.

On the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting, council is expected to give the first and second readings of the proposed Smith Creek Comprehensive Development Plan, which will claim close to 70 per cent of the 148.7 hectares for development and 30 per cent for proposed green space for public or private ownership.

According to West Kelowna council documents, The proposed land development is about three kilometres north of Westbank Centre, a city staff report calling it “essentially vacant and undeveloped with limited access.”

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But the development still has a long way to go before shovels are put into the ground including proceeding through the public hearing stage.

At least one resident has already voiced their concerns publicly about the proposed development project.

“At what point do we say enough is enough with growth for the sake of growth,” said West Kelowna resident Marnie Douglas in an email to the Capital News.

“There are so many opportunities to densify in the city already, is it necessary to deforest a mountainside and replace with hundreds of new single-family lots.”

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The proposed plans for the Smith Creek development are part of the city’s Official Community Plan and Comprehensive Development Plan. More details on the plans can be found here.

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