The currently proposed layout of the 686 home development in the Wiltse area of Penticton. (City of Penticton)

The currently proposed layout of the 686 home development in the Wiltse area of Penticton. (City of Penticton)

Penticton gathering feedback on 700 unit housing development

The project would see a wide mix of housing brought into the Wiltse area

Penticton residents will have multiple opportunities to give their feedback on a proposed 686 unit residential development in the Wiltse area.

Council gave their approval to begin gathering public input on the project during their regular council meeting on April 5.

The proposal currently would see 183 single-detached homes, 14 duplexes and 475 multi-family developments built over several phases of construction. It would also see 39.8 hectares of dedicated land for parks and natural areas.

“The North Wiltse Block has been set aside for residential development for decades. Now that the existing neighbourhood is nearly built-out, the North Wiltse Block is proposed to be rezoned and will provide a new neighbourhood for our growing community over the next 10-plus years,” said Audrey Tanguay, planning and licensing manager with the City of Penticton.

In addition to gathering feedback through the online feedback form on shapeyourcitypenticton.ca and the physical version available at city hall, there will be multiple information sessions where staff will be available to discuss the proposal.

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The first session will be outdoors at the Wiltse School playground on April 26 from 3 p.m until 5 p.m. A second in-person session will be held at the Seniors Drop-In Centre on South Main Street on April 30 from 10 a.m. until noon.

An online session will be held over Zoom on April 27 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30, and registration can be done by going to the shapeyourcitypenticton.ca site.

Copies of the application, maps, staff reports and technical reviews are also available at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. and at city hall.

Pentictontonites can listen to the city’s new podcast PenTALKton to hear how this proposal could help address demands for housing in Penticton. The podcast is available at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca, penticton.ca, on the City’s YouTube channel, Spotify and soon on other popular streaming services.

The city will collect feedback on the North Wiltse Block proposal until May 8, 2022, and everything gathered will be shared with the developer, council and the community.

If approved by council following the feedback, there will be a future public hearing before the project goes ahead as part of the development process.

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