On Tuesday, Sept.17, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) will host a public hearing for an application to amend the official community plan (OCP).
The application, from Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR), is to amend the OCP to allow for multi-family tourist accommodation instead of general residential and rezone the land from resort reserve one to tourist acocmodation one.
SPR has proposed the 3.25 hectare site in the East Village be split into four lots. Two on the uphill side would be used for townhouses and the two on the downhill side for apartments.
In following the Local Government Act the application was given to departments within the municipality as well as six First Nations bands for consultation.
Sun Peaks Fire Rescue requested an area large enough to turn around and that sprinklers be installed as the buildings would be in the far end of their response area.
Tk’emlups said they defer consultation to Adams Lake Indian Band and Neskonlith Indian Band. Neskonlith Indian Band requested more time to evaluate the referral. Skeetchstn Band said they defer comment to Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. Tk’emlups te Secwepemc said a consultation or engagement agreement is not in place so they haven’t opened the referral emails.
Little Shuswap Lake Band said they reviewed known and accessible cultural heritage resources and environmental concerns.
They wrote to SPMRM with a number of comments and concerns. They stated they’d identified multiple cultural heritage resources near the proposed rezoning and they believe road building near creeks is an environmental concern.
They requested the opportunity to send a field crew when construction plans are finalized but before excavation and said it’s their policy for their field crew to asses new roads or areas for proposed roads.
Before adoption of the amendment can take place SPMRM council must give first, second and third reading, hold a public hearing and receive approval from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
In addition to the public hearing, the rezoning application must also receive three readings prior to adoption.
The public hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Cahilty Hotel & Suites.