West Kelowna city council has voted to approve a 72-unit townhouse development on the shores of Shannon Lake.
The project at 2749 Shannon Lake Rd. is directly adjacent to another under-construction townhouse development.
Council voted to approve the development permits for the project Tuesday, with only Coun. Carol Zanon voting against, citing concerns about parking.
“I’m very, very uncomfortable with the parking situation,” she said.
The development includes the bylaw-required 114 spaces, two per unit, plus 14 visitor and five loading stalls.
Zanon said she feared the residents of the development would inventively use up all the spots and overflow into a lot planned for access to a new public waterfront park going in on the shores of Shannon Lake.
Coun. Rick de Jong noted that Shannon Lake Road is an arterial roadway that does not allow street parking.
“I don’t want to see this spill out onto Shannon Lake Road. That is my big concern,” he said. “I want to see Shannon Lake Road, signed, no parking.”
He said buyers in the development will need to know what they are buying into and know there is no option for overflow parking.
The development will be built in three phases, working back from the lake.
When the property was rezoned in 2019, land along the shores of Shannon Lake was dedicated as park and a pedestrian right of way was registered.
Park improvements at the waterfront include a fishing dock, picnic tables, benches and the paved parking area that connects to the townhouse development next-door.
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