Three large towers would form the bulk of a new lakeside residential resort complex planned for Kelowna’s Mission neighbourhood.
Kelowna City Council got a look this week at early plans for “Aqua,” Mission Group’s proposed waterfront community that would sit on 6.15 acres of land in the Cook Road tourist commercial area of the city.
The development’s three towers would range in height from 13 to 19 storeys, and would house a total of 350 residential units. Those would be complemented by a public boardwalk, private boat launch, waterfront recreation areas and more.
In a report to council City Planner Ryan Roycroft said Mission Group intends to create a “resort-style” development, emphasizing “large terraces and private amenity space with the use of three towers on a podium.”
“It is unlike the downtown pin towers or bulkier residential towers, and would be a unique building form for Kelowna, serving a unique function,” he writes.
Council took the first step to making the development a reality on Monday when it approved Mission Group’s application to rezone five properties from large lot housing to tourism commercial zoning.
Council also approved rezoning part of a nearby city parking area, and agreed to close a portion of Capozzi Road and rezone it to tourism commercial zoning. To make up for the closed road, the developer has promised to built a new section of Cook Road.
Council’s decision is in line with the city’s Official Community Plan, which designates the properties for future tourism commercial use, with a recognition that the area is intended as a resort residential hub.
“This vision is consistent with the many resort/residential developments within the neighbourhood including Playa-del-Sol, El Dorado, Manteo, Water’s Edge and Mission Shores,” Roycroft writes.
He did, however, note that the height of the proposed building is “considerably greater” than any previous developments in the area.
Council will also have to consider a road closure bylaw, closing a portion of Capozzi, a land swap, and a form and character development permit and development variance permit prior to the project proceeding.
Once approvals are in place, Mission Group says it will complete the project in five to seven years, in three different phases.
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