By Lyonel Doherty
The Town of Oliver has granted a zoning amendment to an Okanagan Street property to allow a church to be converted to a house.
Council approved changing the zoning at 6431 Okanagan Street from administrative/institutional to residential low density. (The property currently accommodates Oliver Lutheran Centre.)
Corporate Officer Diane Vaykovich said the applicant advises that he intends to sell the property (with the church) as is. She noted the potential owners interested in the property intend to renovate the church into a house with a mother-in-law suite in the basement.
The applicant said the change in zoning will be “consistent with the neighbourhood” and is “expected to be the lowest cost house available in town.”
Town planner Chris Garrish said the low-density residential zone only allows for one single detached dwelling and one secondary suite. Therefore, if the church is converted to a residence, the maximum density would be two dwelling units.
The rezoning was subject to a public hearing on Oct. 15, but nobody from the audience commented on it.