New look and size for Kelowna’s Kirschner Mountain development

With the current owners planning to sell the development, city council has agreed to increase the maximum number of units.

The Kirschner Mountain development in Black Mountain could end up being be bigger than originally thought.

Kelowna city council has approved a bid by the owners—who are selling the property and the project—to amend the city’s Official Community Plan to allow the total build out that could see as many as 771 units built, up from the previous limit of 600 units.

A total of 431 would be single family homes, with the other 340 considered multi-family, mostly townhomes.

The changes also add more green space to connect parks in the development, with new open space being primarily on steep hillside and on what the city considers sensitive slopes.

Currently, there is 19.7 hectares of land set aside for park in the development. The new change would add another 19.14 hectares, mainly in ribbons of connecting greenspace.

The new townhomes would be built lower on on the property in clusters to keep the higher density lower on the mountian.

The Kirschner family, which was behind the original development, has entered into an agreement to sell the project and council was told as part of the sale, the new owner has indicated an interest to reconfigure the plan to increase the overall density.

The property to south of the development is owned by the same ownership group and is in the provincial Agricultural Land Reserve. It will not be altered or developed as part of the OCP amendment process.

Since the original Kirschner Mountain Structure Plan was adopted in 2001, about 200 homes have been built on the property.