Property once owned by the Anglican Church on Shuswap Street to become a high-density residential development. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

Residential development planned for Salmon Arm’s Shuswap Street

Two four-plexes and a duplex proposed for property next to Anglican Church

City council is looking favourably at a plan to build a high-density residential development next to the Anglican Church in Salmon Arm.

The current proposal by owner Muto Holdings Ltd. for the property at 130 Shuswap St. SE, just south of the Trans-Canada Highway, is to build 10 residential units in the form of two four-plex buildings and one duplex.

To do that, an Official Community Plan amendment from institutional to high density residential is required, as well as a rezoning from P1, institutional, to R5, high density residential.

The property was previously owned by the church.

City staff explained at the city’s Sept. 3 planning meeting that the plans received are not final and would be subject to a detailed review at the development permit stage.

Mayor and councillors expressed support for the plan – “I think this is exactly the kind of density we’re hoping for there,” remarked Mayor Alan Harrison. However, council wasn’t in favour of allowing access off Shuswap Street.

Coun. Chad Eliason said he supports the plan but has concerns about access.

“Access off Shuswap Street is impossible… It’s busy, and when we connect Auto Road to Shuswap Street, it will get busier.”

Read more: Tread lightly – one kilometre of Salmon Arm pavement worth $150,000

Read more: Highway 1 intersections collision hotspots in Shuswap

Read more: Bright spot added to Salmon Arm street

Read moe: Two more downtown cannabis stores approved

City staff were of the same mind.

“As Shuswap Street is designated as an Arterial Road and is a significant connection between 10 Avenue and the TCH, no vehicular access onto Shuswap Street will be permitted,” stated a planning department report.

City staff also reported that some form of underground or under-building parking may be required to meet parking requirements at the proposed density.

“Considering the proposed development concept, a 10 unit development would be required to provide 12 parking stalls. The provision of on-site parking is practical and necessary, as the opportunity for on-street parking at this site is very limited.”

Coun. Tim Lavery asked if they would be rental or purchase units.

Kevin Pearson, the city’s director of development services, said the intent is to stratify, but he wasn’t certain if those would be rented or not.

A public hearing for the rezoning will be held in October.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Salmon Arm demonstrators show unity with Black Lives Matter movement

Participants speak out against systemic racism and targeting of vulnerable populations

Revelstoke, North Okanagan RCMP team up to nab Alberta man, stolen BMW

Helicopter, dogs used in North Okanagan highway arrest

Salmon Arm West bridge construction expected to begin in fall 2020

Budget for Highway 1 project up $20 million over intial 2016 estimate

No active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health: BCCDC

Numbers from the BCCDC’s dashboard show 193 of the 195 COVID-19 cases in the region have recovered

Refugee family assists former hosts in effort to stop rising water of Shuswap Lake

Alahmad family spend morning filling sandbags to help protect residences

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinds all Grand Forks-area evacuation orders

Evacuation alerts for 1,136 Boundary properties remain in effect as officials monitor forecasts

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

In photos: Modified, yet traditional graduation gives Penticton graduates a sense of normalcy

Students around Penticton take part in pre-recorded graduation ceremonies

Filming to resume safely later in June: Okanagan Film Commission

Film commissioner Jon Summerland said they want to start filming again later in June

Kelowna RCMP investigate woman’s sudden death

Criminality is not suspected at this time, according to RCMP

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Most Read