The KLO Neighbourhood Association (KLONA) is raising concerns over what it’s calling the “over-development” of the Pandosy Lakeshore area.
The group, which plans to host a news conference on Monday, claims the city is ignoring its zoning bylaws and OCP vision, approving a mass of too-tall residential buildings that will put “enormous stress on an already overburdened and underfunded infrastructure system” — specifically with regards to roads and recreation facilities.
KLONA claims the city has more than tripled the 1,600 residential units that are called for in the area in the 2010–2030 OCP. Despite the increase in density, KLONA says the city has not updated traffic plans for the area, prompting concerns of more congestion and longer commuting times.
However, KLONA states this does not mean it is opposed to development as a whole. Rather, it claims it’s calling for the city to respect the outlined plans and bylaws and consult the community before it approves massive developments intended to create “Downtown 2.0.”
Citing projects like the one set for Hiawatha RV Park, where residents have been served eviction notices to leave by April, KLONA claims the city refuses to protect affordable housing in the area.
“The high-end nature of the proposed developments and the city’s support for them shows that the area is targeted for gentrification and a net reduction in the number of affordable housing units currently in the area inventory.”
Ultimately, KLONA wants area residents to make themselves heard, suggesting they contact Kelowna city council to voice their concerns.
For more information from KLONA, visit its website at imaginepandosy.org.
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