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Public hearing set for 14-unit townhouse development on Penticton’s Martin Street

Development heads to a public hearing after three-storey plan clears first hurdle with council
The constriction of a 14-unit townhome is being proposed on Martin Street in Penticton. (Photo- City of Penticton)

A new 14-unit townhouse development for Martin Street in Penticton is set for a public hearing.

The two lots of 791 and 799 Martin Street will be part of council’s next meeting on Oct. 3, after it cleared its first hurdle of approval with local politicians earlier this month.

The proposal consists of four, three-storey buildings and would be located in front of the city’s lake-to-lake bike lane.

A letter of intent submitted to the city suggests that the developer would maintain ownership of the finished buildings as rental properties.

Each townhome would have three residential units and a single-car garage, a report to council reads.

The properties in question can be found across the Penticton Public Library, just north of Fairview Road.

The project is going to the public hearing and before council in order to get both properties rezoned from duplex housing to medium-density multiple housing and to have the properties’ Official Community Plan designations changed from detached residential to ground-oriented residential.

Council will be prompted on Oct. 3, to approve or reject the proposed rezoning and merging of 791 and 799 on Martin Street, following the public hearing.

“The location of the development is also ideal for families as there are schools and library within walking distance, as well as shopping, parks, and downtown,” the applicant writes.

The proposed development calls for secured garage parking for each unit, accessed by a two-way driveway on Martin Street. There will be three additional visitor parking spots.

The plan in question is not the first time this year the area has been hit with a proposal.

In the spring, council moved forward with what proved to be a contentious three-storey proposal at 924 Fairview Road. Concerns over parking and access to the building were raised before local politicians ultimately green-lit the plan.

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