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Summerland approves construction of townhouse complex

Property on Jubilee Road East has been eyed for other developments in the past
A 10-building, 40-unit townhouse development has been proposed for 8709 Jubilee Rd. E. in Summerland. (Contributed)

A development permit has been issued for the construction of 10 townhouse buildings, with a total of 40 units, on a vacant lot on Jubilee Road East in Summerland.

At a meeting on July 11, Summerland council gave approval for the plan at 8709 Jubilee Road East.

The plan adds 40 residential units close to the community’s downtown area. Buildings will be set up in two rows and every unit will have a private two-car garage. The lot has an area of 5,018 square metres.

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The Official Community Plan designation is high-density residential and the zoning designation is Residential High Density.

At its June meeting, Summerland’s Advisory Planning Commission passed a resolution recommending Summerland council approve the plan.

The site has been considered for other housing developments in the past.

The property used to be the site of the Summerland RCMP detachment, before the present detachment building was opened in 2012.

Later that year, after the new police detachment was opened, Summerland council considered a plan to allow 14 small homes on the property.

More recently, in 2021, Summerland council adopted bylaws to amend the zoning and Official Community Plan for the property to allow for the construction of a multi-family affordable housing development. However, the development proposed at the time, a five-storey, 60-unit housing development, did not receive council approval.

At that time, residents near the site identified concerns about traffic safety and parking, recommending that a smaller development should be constructed instead.

The ownership of the property has since changed and the present owner was not involved with the 2021 proposal.

During the discussion at a July 11 meeting, Coun. Erin Trainer said the site would be good for families, but added that sidewalk improvements would be needed.

Coun. Doug Patan said the present proposal is less intrusive than the 60-unit design considered in 2021.

Coun. Richard Barkwill said numerous plans have been proposed for the site.

“It boggles my mind that it’s taken this long for the old police station site to be developed,” he said. “Hopefully this is the one that goes through.”

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