A residential rental development is being proposed for a lot at the end of Phillips Road in Kimberley, right next to Selkirk Secondary School. The proponent is Tribus Developments.
Council gave first two readings to a zoning bylaw that would allow the development on Monday, March 14, 2022.
The development would consist of studio, one and two bedroom units.
In a report to Council Manager of Planning Services Troy Pollock said “the proponent’s stated intention to provide diverse, accessible, and pet-friendly rental housing addresses the housing needs of priority groups who often experience obstacles in finding suitable accommodation. The priority groups most likely to benefit from this proposed development include moderate income households, people with disabilities, young families, and seniors looking to downsize and age in place.”
These were all housing gaps identified in the 2021 Housing Needs Assessment, Pollock noted.
The property is relatively flat, with a steep embankment on the east which slopes down towards Highway 95A. Other properties on Phillips are Zone for multi-unit residential development.
The intention is to begin with small, stacked townhouse units on the south end of the lot and to increase density to the north to allow for a potential 4-storey apartment building on the north end, where it wouldn’t impact any current property’s view. That building could be up to 46 units.
“That property has been sitting there, just waiting for something like this,” said Coun. Sandra Roberts.
Tribus Developments plans to begin engaging with neighbours and interested residents. A zoning hearing has been scheduled for April 11, 2022.