Housing proposed for land north of TRU
A plan to build homes with “dramatic views” overlooking the downtown and the North and South Thompson rivers is making its way to city council.
Planning and development manager Randy Lambright said the city has received an application from TRUE Consulting to amend Kamloops’ official community plan to allow for urban residential development on crown, private and university lands north of the TRU campus and west of the Summit Drive connector.
A rezoning application for a portion of private land in the area was also submitted.
Lambright says the application could see 250 to 500 units built in the area over time.
The first phase of construction would be upwards of 20 single-family homes.
“Their second, third and subsequent phases on the property will be multi-family — and, what’s envisioned on the crown and well as the TRU property is predominantly multi-family,” he said.
The area’s land use designations are mainly agricultural and single-family residential, Lambright said.
The area is also home to a gravel pit.
“It’s not currently in our growth management strategy, which is why it needs to go through an OCP amendment. It wasn’t envisioned as a future growth area.”
Lambright said there are some challenges with the site, including traffic and topographical issues and the movement of wildlife through the property.
The property is for sale and listed with Vancouver-based real-estate agents Avison Young.
An online brochure describes the four-hectare “Taylor Homestead” as
a multi-family residential development property with “spectacular views
over the North and South Thompson River.”
The land is being offered in three parcels: 25 single-family lots at the north of the property for $5 million, a $1.5-million half-hectare parcel suggested for townhomes and another 1.3 hectares suggested for multi-family use, with no listed price.
The pitch will most likely come to council in two to three months.