The owner of the Sicamous Best Western is planning to add a six-storey building with 40 housing units.
On Jan. 26, District of Sicamous council unanimously approved first and second readings of a zoning bylaw amendment for the property at 806 Trans-Canada Highway in Sicamous — from C.2 Highway Tourist Commercial to C.2A Highway Tourist Commercial Residential.
A public hearing for the zoning amendment will take place at a later date.
District development services manager Scott Beeching said the proposed development “fits really well with what the community’s trying to do,” and liked how it provides a little bit of attainable housing.
The proposal from Best Western owner Pankaj Bhawnani and Salmon Arm-based architect Bernd Hermanski was first reviewed by the district’s planning and development committee on May 26, 2021.
At that time, Coun. Jeff Mallmes said the proposed development was a great idea because Sicamous needs more lower-cost rentals.