An artist’s rendition of the planned new buildings at Troika’s Green Square development in Kelowna’s Lower Mission neighbourhood.—Image: contributed

Reworked plan for Kelowna’s Green Square development approved

After rejecting first version of residential development expansion, council says yes to new plan

A decision made by Kelowna city council in the early morning hours after a public hearing has been reversed.

Following rejection of the proposal to expand the Green Square residential development on Mission Springs Road in Lower Mission area of the city, Mayor Colin Basran asked his council to waive the regular six-month waiting period in order to have a second look at the reworked plans.

Council had made the initial decision at the end of a lengthy meeting that followed a six-hour unrelated public hearing in September.

On Tuesday night, council approved the second attempt to expand the development, a proposal that includes adding three six-storey buildings and one five-storey building. It also reduces the number of new units to 134 from 141 and re-configuring the plan to add 209 parking spaces by reducing the number to 202. Some of the parking stalls in a parkade planned for the site will be tandem stalls.

City planning staff recommended support of the reworked proposal.

Phase two of Green Square, an environmentally friendly residential development that already has about 56 2 1/2-storey town-homes on site will include a car-share program for residents and the surrounding community.

A concern by the Kelowna Fire Department about challenging access to one of the planned new buildings will be addressed by developer Troika Developments before a building permit is issued.

The original plan for phase two of Green Square was defeated by council in a 5-4 vote based on concerns related to parking and height. But a number of councillors said they were pleased with the new plans for parking at the development.

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