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Columbia Shuswap Regional District approves amendments for seasonal resort

List of ‘substantial’ changes pass second reading
At its Feb. 15 meeting, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District gave second reading to zoning bylaw amendments needed for proposed changes to a seasonal RV and cabin resort at the former KOA site near Sicamous. (Franklin Engineering-CSRD image)

Over a year and numerous changes later, a zoning amendment bylaw to allow the creation of a resort at the former KOA property near Yard Creek received second reading from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD).

The applicant, Sicamous RV and Cabin Resort, of a proposed development with 76 seasonal RV and 34 seasonal dwelling strata lots at 3250 Oxbow Frontage Road came back to the board at the Feb. 15 meeting, with 11 changes since the first reading on Jan. 19, 2023. Those, which require amendments to the bylaw, include changing the term of seasonal dwelling from less than 182 days to anytime of the year for stays of less that 120 consecutive days. They are also looking to increase the minimum lot size of seasonal RV lots from 234 to 260 square metres, and the dwelling lots from 225 to 270 m2. Changes would also increase the maximum parcel coverage area created by a subdivision from 50 to 60 per cent, increase dwelling height from six to nine metres and alter lot sizes from 22.5-by-10 metres to 20-by-13, among others.

“Although the list of proposed bylaw changes since first reading is substantial, the main intent of the amendment is still focused on the creation of a strata lot resort that permits seasonal accommodation in cabins and recreational units,” planner Jan Thingsted stated in his report to council. “The resort is not intended to provide year-round residential use.”

After the first reading, the application was sent to referral to get input from other agencies involved, and received some concern from area First Nations and the Archaeology Branch. The latter noted that while there are no known archaeological sites recorded on the property, there is a high potential for unknown sites to exist there and recommended an archaeological assessment prior to any work being done. Splatsin, the Adams Lake Indian Band and Skwlāx te Secwepemcúlecm (Little Shuswap Indian Band) all responded similarly, stating the probability of archaeological sites being located there, and to have a review done.

In his report, Thingsted noted that “the applicant has indicated that a preliminary archaeological assessment will occur prior to any construction.”

The proposal didn’t dig up any discussion from the board, except for a brief comment from Area E director Rhona Martin.

“It seems like they’re working through the process,” she said of applicants. “And I’m supportive of this.”

Second reading carried unanimously.

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