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Penticton council approves controversial 6-unit townhouse plan

Bylaw changes adopted to allow for construction on Conklin Avenue
Renderings of the six-unit townhouse project at 460 Conklin Avenue. (Photo- City of Penticton)

A townhouse proposal that headlined a controversial public hearing in February got one more stamp of approval from Penticton council on April 2.

Bylaw changes were adopted on Tuesday to allow for the construction of a six-unit townhome building at 460 Conklin Avenue.

Residential units will come in the form of a pair of buildings, both two storeys in height, on a single-family lot.

That’s down from what the developer originally proposed, an eight-unit townhouse development with two, three-storey buildings.

Several members of the public shared their concerns over the plan at a public hearing on Feb. 6. Size, neighbourhood fit and concerns over water and sewer infrastructure were among nearby residents’ top complaints.

Council voted 5-2 in favour of the plan following the public, with James Miller and Ryan Graham opposed.

The Conklin Avenue project will be located just minutes from Okanagan College’s Penticton campus and feature 12 parking spaces.

It is also within walking distance of the Canmery Trace Centre on Fairview Road.

Council was unanimous on Tuesday in adopting the bylaw changes, paving the way for construction crews to break ground.

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