Summerland council has given the green light to a “resort condo” development proposed for the old cannery property in Lower Town.
The Lakeshore Drive development—anchored by two six-storey residential terraced towers featuring swimming pools on the patio of each unit—passed third reading Tuesday after a public hearing that saw residents voice strong support for the plan.
Nearby resident Barb Perin called the decrepit cannery building currently on the property “an eyesore.”
“It’s taking up very beautiful and valuable land on the lakeshore, and I am in total support of this development. Not only will it bring in extra tourists to the area, it will increase our tax base and look beautiful down there,” she said to applause from the gallery.
A few residents did voice concerns about construction trucks using Solly Road to access the site but were assured by district staff it’s unlikely to happen given Lakeshore Drive’s direct connection to the highway.
In addition to the residential towers, the project will also include a separate building fronting Lakeshore Drive that consists of 11 units of ground floor commercial and eight “resort condos” above.
Councillors, meanwhile, voiced their support for the project.
“This is exciting, and I think it’s very exciting also for our construction companies suppliers in the community,” Coun. Marty Van Alphen said, referring to the economic spin-offs related to the construction project.
Council unanimously passed third reading for the project’s required zoning and Official Community Plan amendments. Council will formally adopt the amendments at a later meeting.
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