Blackmun Bay deep-sixed

West Kelowna city council has denied approval for the Blackmun Bay waterfront development application. It would have involved the construction of four eight-storey buildings with 350 homes on Campbell Road near the Casa Loma neighbourhood.

A controversial West Kelowna development proposal has been downsized again.

Plans for Blackmun Bay have been scaled back as the developer hopes to win council approval Tuesday for the Campbell Road project.

The height of four proposed buildings has been trimmed to eight storeys from nine, and the total number of townhouse, condo and hotel units has been halved to 350.

The reductions came about after more than 420 people attended a public hearing on Blackmun Bay, held Oct. 23 at the Westbank Lions Community Centre.

Forty-five people addressed council, and 210 written submissions were received, with the vast majority of those who made submissions recommending council not approve Blackmun Bay.

Common criticisms included the overall size of the development, said to be out of character with the nearby Casa Loma neighbourhood, as well as traffic congestion and fire protection.

In addition to the four main buildings, Blackmun Bay would include a vineyard, restaurant and marina. The developer says it would be an iconic project, creating hundreds of construction jobs and delivering millions of dollars in new tax revenue to the City of Kelowna.

Three of the city’s seven councillors were against even sending Blackmun Bay to the public hearing, saying they did not support the project as planned.

The developer’s reduction in the project scope represents the third time plans have been scaled back. Originally, Blackmun Bay included a 14-storey tower, with the maximum height then progressively scaled back to 10 storeys and nine storeys.