A dock proposed for a site in Summerland would extend further into Okanagan Lake than Summerland’s existing regulations allow. (Image from Shoreline Pile Driving and Boat Lifts)

A dock proposed for a site in Summerland would extend further into Okanagan Lake than Summerland’s existing regulations allow. (Image from Shoreline Pile Driving and Boat Lifts)

Proposed dock for Summerland development longer than municipality allows

Planned dock would extended 127 metres from shore

A boat dock proposed for the north end of the Trout Creek neighbourhood in Summerland would extend much further into Okanagan Lake than the municipality’s regulations allow.

The proposed T-shaped dock off Landry Crescent would extend 127.1 metres from the shore and the T-bar would have a width of 123.7 metres. It would be a private 48-slip dock for a nearby cluster housing strata development.

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Brad Dollevoet, director of development services for Summerland, said the municipality’s regulations allow for a dock to extend 40 metres from the shore.

“It’s a big change from what has been done there historically,” Dollevoet said.

He added that the extended length of this dock is required for environmental concerns. The water is shallow near the shore and as a result, dredging would be required in order to build a suitable dock closer to the shore.

In mid-May, the developer held an online public meeting to discuss the concept with the community.

However, before the dock could be constructed, additional work would be needed. The concept must first go through municipal committees and then before a public hearing at a Summerland council meeting. The date for this hearing has not yet been determined.

If council were to approve this long dock, the proposal would then have to go to the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for approval before construction could begin.

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