Two new housing projects are moving forward in Kamloops.
City council this week approved multi-family units slated for Upper Sahali and sent to a public hearing a new subdivision in Juniper West.
A development permit will allow 54 multi-family units to be built at Sahali Ridge Estates, located at 2046 Robson Pl.
Sixty-four townhouses were previously built at the location and, while a permit was initially issued for a final phase in 2007, the latter set of units were never built and the permit expired.
“It’s come back now,” said City of Kamloops development director Marvin Kwiatkowski.
A Robson Place resident who bought into the strata complex in 2012 attended council on Tuesday, bringing concerns about the fate of trails on the vacant property that will be developed.
Centeno Mauricio said residents use the dirt path to travel north toward Gleneagles Drive and south to Summit Drive. Residents in the area also use the trails to walk to Aberdeen Mall and access Summit and Sa-Hali elementary schools.
“The trails that are passing through this property right now are heavily used,” Mauricio said.
Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian, however, pointed to plans for years to develop the property — land that is private, he noted.
“When you bought your property, you should have been made aware this was going to happen,” Christian said.
“This was 10 years ago.”
In addition, a report to council notes landscaping will include a new trail that “circumvents the building to the east to ensure public access is not compromised and the active trail network is retained.”
Council voted unanimously to approve the application.
It also sent to a public hearing a rezoning application for land on Coldwater Drive in Juniper. If approved, it would pave way for a new 58-lot residential subdivision.