Council rejects Apple Beach rezoning proposal

Council rejects Apple Beach rezoning proposal

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Oliver Town Councillor Petra Veintimilla listens intently as Catherine and James Hodge outline their rezoning proposal for Apple Beach RV Park. Dale Cory photo
Oliver Town Councillor Petra Veintimilla listens intently as Catherine and James Hodge outline their rezoning proposal for Apple Beach RV Park. Dale Cory photo
Oliver Town Councillor Petra Veintimilla listens intently as Catherine and James Hodge outline their rezoning proposal for Apple Beach RV Park during an open house held in March.
Dale Cory photo

The Town of Oliver has turned down, for now, a rezoning application that would have seen Apple Beach RV Park transformed into a low density residential housing development.

Council struggled with the issue following Monday’s public hearing that saw one member of the public speak against the proposal.

In the final vote, Mayor Ron Hovanes and councillors Jack Bennest and Petra Veintimilla opposed giving third reading and adoption.

Town council recently gave first and second reading to the proposal to rezone the RV park at 915 Bulrush Drive.

Proprietors James and Catherine Hodge are proposing to change the zoning from tourist commercial to low density residential in order to accommodate a 10-lot residential subdivision.

The Hodges say the campground is no longer financially viable.

Local residents Doug Poulin and Amandah Greene previously indicated their support for the Hodges’ proposal. They live next door to Apple Beach.

They said a 10-lot subdivision consisting of quality homes will enhance the neighbourhood.

But on Monday a cottage owner raised a concern about the proposed subdivision, saying she doesn’t want to see more homes built on the lake.

“I just want to keep tourism and nature at that end of the lake,” she said.

Some members of council struggled with approving the application before the Town reviews its Official Community Plan. It was noted that any new information that comes forward will trigger another public hearing.

On Tuesday James Hodge said he is trying to remain positive, but noted that it’s “hard dealing with the Town.”

Hovanes said he wished that more people attended the public hearing to voice their thoughts.

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