Project gets second chance
John K. White - Jul 11, 2019 - Biz Releases

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There will be a second public hearing for a proposed apartment building off of Brooks Lane in Okanagan Landing.

The original rezoning application involving 7497 and 7501 Brooks Ln. was rejected by Vernon city council after the first public hearing on June 24. Only Coun. Kari Gares voted for the rezoning amendment, and she held her nose while doing so.

That initial proposal was for a six-storey, 19-unit apartment complex on the site just south of the Strand resort.

Coun. Akbal Mund brought the proposal back to council at the regular meeting on July 8. Mund confirmed to Castanet that the developer is changing their plans for the complex. Mund said the developer is working with MQN architects to update the plans.

There was significant blowback from area residents on the original proposal, from concerns over traffic and parking on the narrow lane to restricted sightlines and diminished property values for existing homeowners.

The next public hearing is set for Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. after the regular meeting of council, in council chambers.

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