development

The UBCO campus tower is still planned for 46 storeys. (UBCO graphic)

Make way: 46-storey campus housing tower gets green light in Kelowna

Council passed the newly created CD28 zone making way for the tower

 

Mark Heath is the superintendent of the build site next to Tim Hortons off Hwy. 3, and works for the Calgary-based contracting company, Kalamoir, which is leading the project. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie is on track to have a new Wendy’s and Domino’s Pizza

The hope is to have the Wendy’s open by mid-December

 

The ALR areas within the Kootenays. (Image courtesy of the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission)

Fernie realtor succesfully appeals damages owed for negligence

Todd Fyfe reduced damages owed for failing to alert a property buyer about a review of the Agricultural Land Reserve which prevented development plans from going forward

 

A schematic from the Galloway Lands developer showing the lot design as proposed, including setbacks between the homes and Lizard Creek. Covenants would be enshrined to protect the Lizard Creek corridor. (Courtesy of Galloway Lands website)

Galloway Lands application withdrawn, public hearing cancelled

The public hearing on the development proposal was scheduled for June 14, 15, and 16

A schematic from the Galloway Lands developer showing the lot design as proposed, including setbacks between the homes and Lizard Creek. Covenants would be enshrined to protect the Lizard Creek corridor. (Courtesy of Galloway Lands website)
The Centennial Square revitalization project in Sparwood officially broke ground on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Left to right: Randy Lippert - Foreman, Landform, Darrell Kaisner - Director of Operations, District of Sparwood, Ron Saad - Councillor, District of Sparwood, Dave Wilks - Mayor, District of Sparwood, Jason Christensen - Councillor, District of Sparwood, Brad Bowen - Councillor, District of Sparwood, Joe Jarina - Councillor, District of Sparwood and Ben Mercer - Owner, Landform. (Courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Centennial Square revitalization project in Sparwood breaks ground

The project will see the square turned into a gathering space for the community

The Centennial Square revitalization project in Sparwood officially broke ground on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Left to right: Randy Lippert - Foreman, Landform, Darrell Kaisner - Director of Operations, District of Sparwood, Ron Saad - Councillor, District of Sparwood, Dave Wilks - Mayor, District of Sparwood, Jason Christensen - Councillor, District of Sparwood, Brad Bowen - Councillor, District of Sparwood, Joe Jarina - Councillor, District of Sparwood and Ben Mercer - Owner, Landform. (Courtesy of District of Sparwood)
The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)

Galloway Lands proposal to go to public hearing mid-June

The public hearing will take place on June 14, 15, and 16 on Zoom

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)
Kimberley mayor Don McCormick defended the Galloway Lands proposal going to public hearing at a May 13, 2022, RDEK board of directors meeting. The motions to send the two bylaw amendments forward passed 9-6.

RDEK sends Galloway Lands proposal to public hearing in dramatic turnaround

The Regional District of East Kootenay directors had recommended the night before not to proceed

Kimberley mayor Don McCormick defended the Galloway Lands proposal going to public hearing at a May 13, 2022, RDEK board of directors meeting. The motions to send the two bylaw amendments forward passed 9-6.
Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the Galloway Lands development proponent, presents to the Regional District of East Kootenay Planning and Development Services Committee on May 12, 2022, in favour of his proposed bylaw amendments proceeding. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the proposal not proceed.

RDEK planning committee recommends Galloway Lands proposal not proceed

After a gruelling meeting, the Regional District of East Kootenay recommended 9-6 to not proceed

Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the Galloway Lands development proponent, presents to the Regional District of East Kootenay Planning and Development Services Committee on May 12, 2022, in favour of his proposed bylaw amendments proceeding. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the proposal not proceed.
The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal.

RDEK to hear delegates, make recommendation on Galloway Lands today

The RDEK will be hearing 14 delegates on the issue, and make their recommendation for the board

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal.
The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)

Galloways Lands development can be hooked up to resort’s wastewater: Developer

The developer says they have solutions to two issues of contention raised by the Regional District

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)
A schematic showing high-level plans for the Montane Development, to the South of Fernie as of 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Parastone reveals high-level concept plans for Montane Development in Fernie

The company hosted an open house to solicit community feedback to help refine the concept

A schematic showing high-level plans for the Montane Development, to the South of Fernie as of 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Montane development in Fernie in early 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Parastone to host open house to invite input on Montane in Fernie

The Montane property is over 600 acres of land within the City of Fernie

The Montane development in Fernie in early 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
RDEK Board of Directors meeting on April 8, 2022.

Galloway Lands development proposal to appear again before RDEK board of directors in May

The vote to move the proposal back up in the queue was passed with nine in favour and six opposed

RDEK Board of Directors meeting on April 8, 2022.
The interior Trites-Leroux mansion pictured in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Trites-Leroux mansion gets weather-proofed

The historically significant mansion will have works completed by the end of 2022

The interior Trites-Leroux mansion pictured in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)

Galloway Lands property ‘of interest’ to BC Parks, says Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Despite the expression of interest, the land is currently unavailable for acquisition by the agency

The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)
The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)

Galloway Lands residential development proponent posts ‘Trails and Public Use Answers’ to website

The answers were to questions posed by the public for a Jan. 6 open house

The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)
The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal. (Image: The RDEK board meeting on Jan.14 2022).

RDEK seek more information on Elk Valley Galloway Lands proposal

Information sought was around traffic, fire safety, water and septic systems and conservation

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal. (Image: The RDEK board meeting on Jan.14 2022).
The Regional District of East Kootenay Planning & Development Services Committee held a meeting on Jan. 13, 2022 to consider recommending the introduction of the Galloway Lands development proposal zoning and Official Community Plan amendment application for for first and second reading. Board members voted in favour of recommending the introduction, nine in favour and five opposed.

Galloway Lands development proposal clears major bureaucratic hurdle

The Regional District of East Kootenay held a planning committee meeting on Jan. 13 to consider the application

The Regional District of East Kootenay Planning & Development Services Committee held a meeting on Jan. 13, 2022 to consider recommending the introduction of the Galloway Lands development proposal zoning and Official Community Plan amendment application for for first and second reading. Board members voted in favour of recommending the introduction, nine in favour and five opposed.
Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the proponent behind the Galloway lands residential development proposal, delivers closing remarks during a virtual open house about the project held on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Galloway Lands proponent holds open house, critics unsatisfied but engagement continues

A project overview was given and dozens of questions were answered about the residential development proposal in an ‘open house’ on Jan. 6

Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the proponent behind the Galloway lands residential development proposal, delivers closing remarks during a virtual open house about the project held on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)

Petition opposed to Galloway Lands development proposal gains momentum

The petition recommends more impact studies and exploring other options for the land

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)