Residential townhouses proposed for property below Turner Park

Townhouses proposed for 6099 Jackson Cres. Rendering presented is subject to change and may not be exact. Rendering Noura Homes.

Joanne Layh

Noura Homes has scheduled a public consultation meeting to provide the community with information related to a proposed rezoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment that would facilitate a new residential townhouse development in the Lower Princeton area.

The property, 6099 Jackson Cres., is located at what was recently the lower portion of Turner Park.

Before it was recently subdivided, the 8.26-acre Turner Park property changed hands several times in recent years. The property was purchased by School District #23 in 1976 from the Turner family as a future school site. The District of Peachland obtained permission in 1979 to utilize the property until the land was required for school purposes or disposed of by the school district. The municipality made an offer to purchase it from the school district in 2006 but was outbid by SSC Ventures. SSC Ventures had applied for rezoning to develop single and multiple family residences but ended up listing the property for sale.

In Oct. 2020 the District of Peachland approved a land acquisition to preserve public use of Turner Park for a purchase price of $3.1 million, later taking ownership of the lands on Mar. 30, 2021.

Turner Park officially reopened to the public on Mar. 31, 2021. A plan to determine the future of the upper portion of Turner Park’s uses is currently underway, and now a developer has come forward hoping to create a residential townhouse development on the recently subdivided lower portion of the park.

In subdividing and selling the lower portion of the property, the district is hoping to recover some of the cost of purchasing Turner Park.

The 2.7-acre property is currently listed by William Wright Commercial for $1.8 million; the sale of the property is contingent upon the developer’s proposal receiving approval.

If the project goes ahead, it will result in some improvements to the property, including sidewalk, roads and street lighting.

“Adjacent roadways, in this case Princeton Avenue, Ellison Avenue potentially Jackson Crescent, all front onto this property so there would be various frontage improvements, such as sidewalks, curb and gutter, street lighting and various other improvements that would be required with development,” director of planning and development services Darin Schaal told the View.

Noura Homes is proposing to rezone the property from Public/Institutional (P2) to Multi Unit Residential – Low Density Cluster (RM3) and amend the OCP land use designation from Intensive Residential (IR) to Medium Density Residential (MDR).

The virtual meeting is scheduled to take place on Feb. 17 via Zoom from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Meeting ID: 962 6861 7154, Passcode: JRb7B2).

Residents are also invited to complete an online survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DZBZWLL

Correction: An earlier version of the story described Princess Avenue as one of the adjacent roadways; it was meant to read Princeton Avenue.

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One Comment

  1. Nancy Merrill
    February 17, 2022 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    The rezoning application to permit the development of 23 housing units with parking below Turner Park cannot meet the form and character criteria of the existing neighborhood. The increase in traffic for 50-some adults driving cars along Jackson Crescent will significantly add noise and danger to the living conditions of the residents who live along the cul-de-sac road. The prior rezoning application approved for the previous set of owners proposed 6 housing units. The rezoning proposal about to come before council for 23 housing units asks for residents to bear an unreasonable burden of increased noise, risk, environmental degradation and property devaluation that will ensue with permitting this development.

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