Glenmore Townhouse Development: New Housing Options on the Way for 1508 Highland Drive North

Glenmore Townhouse Development: New Housing Options on the Way for 1508 Highland Drive North
July 8, 2024

The City of Kelowna is considering a rezoning application for a new townhouse complex in Glenmore. This project, proposed by Kelowna-based developer Innocept Developments, could offer a potential solution to the city's growing housing crunch.

Project Details

  • Location: 1508 Highland Drive North, Glenmore
  • Developer: Innocept Developments
  • Current Zoning: MF1 - Infill Housing
  • Proposed Zoning: MF2 - Townhouse Housing
  • Building Plans (as per initial application):
    • 19 townhouses across four, 3-storey buildings
    • Primarily 3-bedroom units

Addressing Kelowna's Housing Challenges

Kelowna's housing market faces a significant challenge. According to the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA), single-family home prices surged by over 30% in 2023 alone. This rapid rise, coupled with limited inventory, is pushing homeownership further out of reach for many residents.

Townhouse developments like this one offer a potential answer. They provide a middle ground between single-family homes and apartments, attracting families and young professionals seeking more space while potentially offering lower costs compared to detached homes.

Potential Benefits and Considerations

The City's planning staff recommends approval, citing several benefits:

  • Alignment with OCP: The project aligns with the Official Community Plan's vision for a diverse housing mix in the Core Area (including Glenmore).
  • Compatibility with Future Land Use: The proposed rezoning aligns with the designated future land use for the property.
  • Proximity to Amenities: The site benefits from its location near public transit, the Okanagan Rail Trail, and several parks.

However, some community concerns need to be addressed:

  • Traffic Impact: The development application should outline strategies to mitigate potential traffic strain.
  • School Capacity: The City should assess if nearby schools can accommodate additional students.
  • Green Space and Amenities: The development plan should incorporate green space within the complex and ensure nearby parks can handle the increased population.

Moving Forward: City council will review the land-use application on July 8th, 2024 (Today). Following this, the development permit application will be reviewed at a later date.

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