It was called a “pig” and “higgledy-piggledy.”
With that, what seemed to be a simple development permit application for a two-unit development on Coopland Crescent in Kelowna’s South Pandosy area was shot down.
Council voted 5-4 against the project, a decision that took Mayor Colin Basran by surprise after only two councillors spoke out against it before the vote.
The Coopland Crescent property already has a two-unit building at the front, with the second building proposed for the rear.
“It does feel very tight on this site,” Coun. Gail Given said. “I don’t know if we’ve achieved the best we can achieve on this lot. I think to do that we would have had to redevelop the entire site from scratch.”
“I looks like we jammed it all in there, and there isn’t rhythm to that area,” Coun. Brad Sieben said.
Coun. Loyal Wooldridge said he would have also preferred to see the entire site redeveloped.
“It just looks like we’ve higgledy piggledy tried to fit everything into this lot,” Wooldridge said. “From a form and character perspective, I couldn’t support it today.”
The development would include a single-car garage within the new building, with five other parking stalls behind it accessed from the laneway.
Coun. Charlie Hodge said there would be some “funky manoeuvring” with those parking stalls, suggesting cars would end up in the alley or on the street.
“You can paint a pig with any stick you want. It’s still a pig,” Hodge said. “This isn’t going to work.”
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