A major mixed-use waterfront village has been proposed on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Vernon.
Avillia Developments applied for an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment to make way for Port Okanagan, a project that would include a resort hotel as well as multi-residential and commercial uses at the corner of Okanagan Landing and Lakeshore Roads.
Other elements of the development include a conference center, a park, a network of walking paths, improved access to the lake and the protection of the surrounding sensitive wetland.
“Port Okanagan would provide a unique opportunity to increase public enjoyment of the lake while creating a tourist and residential destination,” a report to council reads.
The two properties side by side cover a combined area of 6.35 hectares, and the site has approximately seven hectares of ecologically sensitive wetlands known as Marshall Wetlands.
The proposal consists of a mix of low to mid-rise buildings up to 10 stories high, with underground and ground level parking.
Several OCP revisions are needed to move the project forward. The developers are looking to make two modifications to the OCP to accommodate the mixed-use village and park space. A pair of rezoning changes are also required.
Public consultation is also required, and the administration has recommended that the city hold an in-person open house in April. Information about the application will also be posted online. Should the bill pass first and second readings, neighborhood residents will also be invited to share their comments at a public hearing.
As the properties are located within 4,000 meters of the Vernon Regional Airport, the height of the structures is set at a maximum of 45 meters.