Residents spoke out during a public hearing on a proposed development at the Twin Lakes Golf Course. The hearing was held on the evening of Dec. 7. (Google Maps)

Residents spoke out during a public hearing on a proposed development at the Twin Lakes Golf Course. The hearing was held on the evening of Dec. 7. (Google Maps)

Water concerns raised at public hearing about Twin Lakes development

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to make decision on development at golf course

Residents living near the Twin Lakes Golf Course raised concerns about the effects of a proposed multi-use development during an electronic public hearing on Dec. 7.

The application before the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is to rezone two legal parcels for a development at the golf course.

The development would bring up to 232 new residential units and tourism facilities, in two proposed phases, over the next 25 years.

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The hearing lasted more than an hour, and many of the residents who spoke mentioned concerns about the water supply in the area.

Pat Walker said he is concerned about fire protection and the water supply in the area.

Coral Brown also raised questions about water use from the proposed development.

Others said the proposed development would have a negative effect on the surrounding area.

“If you develop, you’re going to impact that fragile infrastructure,” said David Heatherington.

Jennifer Strong said the development proposal would bring many residential units to the rural area.

“The housing density is far above the density of the area,” she said.

Others participating in the hearing expressed concerns about road access and the increased traffic volume resulting from the development.

Suki Sekhon, the applicant, said more than $400,000 has been spent on water studies for the proposed development. He said the water supply is not a problem.

“The lake has never run out of water,” he said.

Public information meetings have been held in 2018 and in August, 2020. The rezoning bylaw was introduced in August, 2017 and passed second reading in March, 2019. It must now go to the regional district board for third reading and adoption.

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