Letter: Zoning changes could affect neighbourhoods

Kelowna letter-writer says the public needs to speak up at a Feb. 5 hearing at city hall

To the editor:

On Feb. 5 Kelowna City Council will be voting on “General Housekeeping Amendments” to amend zoning bylaws. Among the many changes will be the adding of supportive housing and temporary shelter services (including possibly modular housing) as an allowed use in industrial and commercial zones, and also in P2 zoned areas, which primarily consist of educational, recreational, and religious uses.

Kelowna residents should be aware that most of these P2 properties are located in primarily residential areas of the city, so if council passes this rezoning without opposition, you may soon find your neighbourhood with modular housing for the homeless. When the properties are rezoned, all the city will have to do is take out it’s own building permit and proceed with constructing temporary shelter services in your neighbourhood without a hearing.

People in Kelowna need to be made aware that P2 properties in their own neighbourhood may be considered by the city for temporary homeless housing, so it is important that opinions get aired at the Feb. 5 meeting before these changes proceed.

After this meeting, the city may not need to consult with residents before building.

A few examples of P2 zoned properties are the old Martin Elementary School, The Hollywood Rd. Education Centre, Walrod Park, and the Mission Hall property.

I think it would be important to have a full community discussion before rezoning all of these P2 properties for the potential of homeless housing in residential neighbourhoods.

Tom Witt, Kelowna

Just Posted

UPDATE: Homeowners keep fire at bay in Oyama garage

Fire crews are reportedly on scene of a structure fire on Broadwater Road

Comedians to share laughs to help Kelowna school

Fundraiser begins effort to replace $20,000 stolen from South Rutland Elementary PAC

Rockets’ Erik Gardiner retires from hockey

Gardiner steps away from hockey for health and personal reasons.

Peachland’s doctors moving out of the district

All the doctors at Beach Avenue Medical Centre are leaving

Reaction from Costco shoppers on potential move to West Kelowna

Rumors have been heard that the Kelowna store may move to West Kelowna

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Most Read