An artist’s rendering of the possible development at 511 Lillooet Avenue in Harrison Hot Springs. Still in its early stages, the original plans for this building are to add 120 housing units along with commercial space and a two-storey parkade. (Contributed graphic)

An artist’s rendering of the possible development at 511 Lillooet Avenue in Harrison Hot Springs. Still in its early stages, the original plans for this building are to add 120 housing units along with commercial space and a two-storey parkade. (Contributed graphic)

Lillooet Ave. development meeting on tap

Former Bungalow Hotel site may be used for commercial, residential development

Harrison Hot Springs residents have another opportunity to voice their opinions on a planned housing/commercial development on the former site of the Bungalow Motel.

Next week’s public hearing takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The village announced on Wednesday that there is no Zoom availability due to “limited resource capacity”.

Masks are required and other COVID-19 safety protocols should be observed while attending in person.

The previous public feedback meeting took place at a packed meeting room at Harrison Beach Hotel on Aug. 26, about a month after the village council approved the first and second readings of a bylaw.

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The public is welcome to submit comments in support of or opposed to the bylaw by emailing info@harrisonhotsprings.ca with Public Hearing Comments in the subject line or via regular mail to Village Office, PO Box 160, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. V0M 1K0. All written submissions must be in by 4 p.m. on Oct. 20.

The proposed development on 511 Lillooet Avenue would have commercial space as well as room for 124 dwellings or condos for permanent or short-term tourist use. The current plans also call for 136 parking stalls in a two-storey parkade structure as well as a courtyard surrounded by the dwellings on three sides and a top-floor outdoor common amenity area that would be open to residents and the public.

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While residents expressed some concerns, there didn’t seem to be any steadfast opponents of the development at the initial public information meeting. Some residents were concerned about the potential environmental impact on the community, the proximity to neighbouring properties and parking for boats, trailers, larger vehicles and accessible needs.

If all goes forward without obstacle, project architect Alvin Bartel said construction could start next summer at the earliest.

Questions can be directed to planning consultant Ken Cossey via phone at 604-796-2171 or by emailing planning@harrisonhotsprings.ca.

The next regular Harrison Hot Springs village council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The meeting will also be available online at a later date on the village’s YouTube page.


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