Zoning Board Opposes Proposed Self-Storage Development Near Canada’s Swan Lake

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A self-storage development proposed for an area near Swan Lake in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, is facing opposition from the local zoning board. Members of the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) board have reviewed the facility plans three times but remain lukewarm about the project. Board member Mike MacNabb called it “a very poor use of land,” noting the area’s rich farmland and proximity to the lake, which is a fishing and camping destination.

The proposed facility would include four buildings and 107 self-storage units. Although the property’s eastern parcel at 6628 Pleasant Valley Road is currently zoned for service commercial, the western parcel requires rezoning to allow self-storage.

MacNabb questioned whether a self-storage facility would provide any benefit to the community or simply cater to tourists and seasonal residents. He also said board members need to discuss the long-term development plans for the Swan Lake corridor.

RDNO Board Member Bob Fleming, who represents the Swan Lake area, said the board’s hands are “somewhat tied,” as self-storage development is permitted under the current zoning.

The rezoning application will require final RDNO approval.

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