Too tall?

This plan for a six-storey building on West Avenue in Kelowna's South Pandosy neighborhood has drawn some opposition from residents who say it violates the official community plan.

Opponents of a planned six-storey building in the South Pandosy neighbourhood will likely be at Kelowna City Hall on Tuesday evening.

Critics of the project say council should not deviate from the official community plan and grant a variance so the building can rise above four storeys.

"The variance for height is not appreciated in our neighbourhood and neither is (the plan for) commercial in this residential neighbourhood," Krista Kunz writes in a letter of opposition.

"The development of the OCP involved an extensive consultation process and now the city is proposing to ignore it," write Sheila Strother and Dennis Silvestrone. "This seems highly unethical, a betrayal, and demonstrates a complete lack of integrity on the part of the mayor and council."

About a dozen letters of objection had been received as of Monday by the city clerk's office.

Municipal planners recommend council approve the project, being advanced by the Mission Group, for a variety of reasons.

These include the provision of 48 rental suites, said to be currently lacking in the South Pandosy neighbourhood, and the building's overall design.

"The additional two storeys of building height allow for a reduced building footprint above the main floor, which also reduces the amount of shadowing on adjacent parcels," planners write in a report to council.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. All interested members of the public can address council on the matter.