Development proposal

This image, shown to West Kelowna city council on Tuesday, is intended to show the visual impact area, as seen from Glenrosa, of a 900-home development on hillsides in the Smith Creek area.

A new West Kelowna neighbourhood could eventually be home to 2,100 people.

More than 900 houses are proposed for a 154-hectare site near the existing Smith Creek community, about three kilometres north of downtown Westbank.

The property is currently vacant and the development plan, which dates back to 2014, conforms to the city’s official community plan, councillors heard Tuesday from municipal staff.

New development in higher-elevation areas like Smith Creek lessens the pressure to build houses on productive farmland, said Coun. Rick de Jong, who also praised the project’s overall design.

“I really like what’s in front of us today,” he said.

Coun. Doug Findlater said the development proposal goes back even further than 2014. And he noted the build-out is expected to take at least 20 years.

“This is not all going to happen tomorrow,” he said.

Council unanimously advanced the comprehensive development plan to a public hearing so interested members of the community could comment.

“I do look forward to hearing from the public,” Mayor Gord Milsom said.