A developer is hoping to bring around 700 new homes to this area of Wiltse in south Penticton. (Zoom Earth)

A developer is hoping to bring around 700 new homes to this area of Wiltse in south Penticton. (Zoom Earth)

Feedback wanted on 700 home development in Penticton’s Wiltse area

The developer is proposing to build a mix of single, duplex and multifamily housing

The City of Penticton is looking for feedback on a new development that could potentially add 686 new homes in the Wiltse area.

The development proposal is set to go before city council on April 5 with a plan that would see 109 acres of the 317 acre North Wiltse Block between 850 Wiltse Boulevard and 160 Crow Place be developed.

The land is privately owned, and according to the city’s press release, has been designated for residential development since the first Official Community Plan in 1982. According to BC Assessment, the full parcel is worth $3.13 million.

The developer is not proposing any new designations for the land use in the OCP, however, they are looking to change the locations of those designations to facilitate rezoning for residential development.

“The applicants are also applying for zoning that will change the current agricultural zoning to a mix of residential zones,” said the city’s director of development services Blake Laven.

The property is not part of the Agricultural Land Reserve, and the portions of agricultural zoning are only historic designations.

According to Laven, the development would be part of the Penticton Fire Department’s coverage area as it would fall within the 10-minute response-time window.

If approved, the plan calls for building 686 homes, split between 183 single detached homes, 28 duplex units and 475 multifamily units, as well as neighbourhood parks, a park corridor and numerous wildlife trails and walkways.

The plan also includes building a main collector road, three crescent roads, several cul-de-sacs and two rear lanes. Also included in the plan is the construction of a main collector road between Wiltse Blvd and Partridge Dr.

Residents wanting to provide feedback are invited to starting April 11 until May 8. Information about the development and how to provide feedback will be shared on www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca, as well as through upcoming information sessions.

“We’re eager to hear from residents so that any potential impacts may be addressed as the proposal works its way through the approval process,” said Laven.

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