Large turnout expected for PeachTree public hearing

The District of Peachland is inviting the public to a hearing tonight, where Mayor and Council will contemplate swapping words in the Official Community Plan to allow for a five storey-tall building on the two properties owned by PeachTree Village.

The OCP currently directs council to “establish” a maximum height of two to three storeys where PeachTree wants to go. Staff has recommended the word be changed to “encourage.”

By using hazier language, the District might have an easier time “avoiding significant legal costs,” according to a staff report.

Those legal costs are associated to a Supreme Court challenge, which will attempt to enforce the three storey maximum, issued by the Friends of Beach Avenue in November.

The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. in the gym at the Community Centre.

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