Council pushes forward Peanut Pond development

A proposed 54-unit townhome development adjacent to Peanut Pond is one step closer after Council Monday afternoon authorized the issuance of a “form and character” development permit for the property.

The development would include 54 townhome units in a total of 14 buildings and up to 28 basement rental suites.

There would also be a common use area with a swimming pool and hot tub and appropriate visitor area parking.

The Development Permit includes a site plan for the entire project and a landscape plan for Phase One. Additional landscape plans for the landscaping component are required for building permits for each phase of the development.

The development — to be located at 8000 Vedette Drive — has resurrected discussion about constricted traffic.

The development would have its primary access from Vedette Drive, which meanders through the Adobe Sands complex from Jubilee Drive. Vedette can also be accessed from Valiant Lane.

“Vedette Drive requires full reconstruction for this purpose,” explained Gina MacKay, the Town’s Director of Planning and Development Services. “The developer has provided the Town with $200,000 toward the Vedette Drive improvements.

The proposed development would include 196 parking spaces in both garages and driveways, an additional 28 designated spaces for the rental suites and 12 visitor parking spaces.

Fire Department swaps new truck for equipment, training cash

The Osoyoos Fire Department will forego the purchase of a fire truck to provide for increased wages and personal equipment maintenance and replacement.

Fire Chief Dave McMahon made the request at Osoyoos Council’s regular meeting Monday afternoon.

“As your new Fire Chief for the last two months, I have been able to review our fire department operational budget in relation to our training needs and equipment purchases for 2019,” he explained.

He asked to transfer $40,000 from an account set aside for the purchase of a Quint Fire Truck, the funds to be redistributed fire equipment, maintenance and replacement ($35,000) and training wages ($5,000).

The Quint is described as a quintuple combination pumper that serves the dual purpose of an engine and ladder truck.

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