Cavers questions Tranquille development
Another public hearing on the Tranquille on the Lake development is on the way.
Council has approved a hearing for a rezoning application for the 190-hectare parcel at 4600 Tranquille Rd.
If successful, the area will become a comprehensive development zone that allows for more than 2,000 residential units and a variety of other commercial, agricultural and recreational uses, including an organic farm, public park and a commercial waterfront.
While council approved the hearing for the rezoning, Coun. Donovan Cavers expressed reservations about the village-style development, which could eventually house more than 4,000 people.
“I’m still a bit concerned about making our city larger,” Cavers said.
“I know it’s very difficult to calculate, but I’m wondering if the ongoing taxation from this development would actually pay for the services it needs in terms of transit, policing, fire, etc.”
Cavers said he doesn’t want to see the development subsidized by taxpayers living in the city’s core, and questioned how developer BC Wilderness Tours would find 4,000 people to fill the development.
Planning and development manager Randy Lambright said the area is one the city has identified as a good place for growth.
“For the most part, it will be a private development, whether it will be strata or some other component. We will only have an obligation to provide some of the soft services,” he said.
That would include policing and maintenance of one road through the site, but not garbage pickup, water and sewer service and firefighting.