A proposed 25-unit townhouse development in Okanagan Falls was turned down by the regional district due to concerns its access road would be too narrow.
Kamloops-based MDD Developments wants to build homes on an undeveloped parcel off Cedar Street near Camilyn Court, but to do so needs bylaw amendments from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Tom Siddon, the RDOS director for Okanagan Falls-Kaleden, told the board that neighbours were concerned the development’s proposed access road, at just six metres wide, would make it difficult for emergency vehicles and snow-removal equipment to access the site.
Developer Doug Wittel told the board that six metres is plenty in Kamloops.
“That is more than ample for an entrance to any development,” he said, adding that although the road wouldn’t have sidewalks, its width would naturally slow down traffic.
That assurance wasn’t enough to sway the board, which voted against approving the necessary bylaw amendments in a 4-4 vote. The developer can bring back an amended plan for reconsideration.