Aqua Height Okay

Aqua Height Okay

Postby Anonymous123 » Jan 24th, 2018, 10:47 am

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/217062/Aqua-height-OK

Is this not the same developer that can't put towers at Central Green because of "geo-technical problems"? Aqua is a lot closer to the lake than CG is and the "geo-technical" costs would be a lot higher.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/215746/a-big-disappointment
A representative for the developer confirmed to council adding height to the final parcel fronting Harvey Avenue would be difficult due to geo-technical challenges on the site.

He said they are limited in height from a cost perspective.
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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby just popping in » Jan 24th, 2018, 10:53 am

Different developer.
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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby Anonymous123 » Jan 24th, 2018, 10:58 am

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby LANDM » Jan 24th, 2018, 10:59 am

Yes. Really.
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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby just popping in » Jan 24th, 2018, 11:16 am

I see now what you are referring to, you are correct:

http://www.missiongroup.ca/residential/ ... ers-story/
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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby LANDM » Jan 24th, 2018, 1:09 pm

Stober and Mission Group are simply two different developers working on separate parcels within the overall development.

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby techrtr » Jan 24th, 2018, 2:30 pm

I remember when the Kiwanis Tower was supposed to the tallest building in Kelowna and under a few City Councils it stayed that way. Part of the reasoning was that views of the lake shouldn't be blocked by tall buildings. How times have changed.

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby Even Steven » Jan 24th, 2018, 2:44 pm

Who the hell cares about views?

From where??? If you live downtown you don't have any views anyways.

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby johnny24 » Jan 24th, 2018, 2:45 pm

techrtr wrote:I remember when the Kiwanis Tower was supposed to the tallest building in Kelowna and under a few City Councils it stayed that way. Part of the reasoning was that views of the lake shouldn't be blocked by tall buildings. How times have changed.


How does a 20 story building block views of a lake more than a 3-4 story building? Unless you're 5 stories tall, both buildings are blocking your view.

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby GordonH » Jan 24th, 2018, 3:21 pm

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby dominik » Jan 24th, 2018, 4:55 pm

I honestly am a bit confused/concerned. While I have no problem with high rises at shore, I do have an issue with huge apartment (sorry Condo) towers at shore which clearly aren't meant for locals and will add in traffic/congestion but do little to contribute to day to day living of locals.

Now I am not discounting potential revenue from tourists here, but this complex adds roughly 600 cars (at least in allotted slots for residences) to an area which has only "one" access road. This is not accounting for the units at Waters Edge (when rebuilt) or the other buildings there. In addition seeing retail stores, in an environment that is predominantly residential with hospitality in mind.

How is it that we are not building tall from the core outward, but build tall towards the core? I know there are profit related answers but this is starting to bug me, considering we are having no problem with urban sprawl, a road network which needs to be optimized and currently makes it a requirement to have a vehicle. I know to question is always easy, but I simply see this town working mostly on creating low wage/paying jobs through retail, hospitality or other developments, but ignores the fact that the workers needed can no longer afford to live in the region.

*Sigh* Sorry... but this really bugged me, I like the Idea of the Aqua, but I feel that other things have to happen first before it should go ahead...

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby Even Steven » Jan 24th, 2018, 6:39 pm

dominik wrote:do have an issue with huge apartment (sorry Condo) towers at shore which clearly aren't meant for locals and


How do you know it's not locals living there?
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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby Tootsie » Jan 24th, 2018, 8:22 pm

What I really shake my head at is - why are there endless meetings with developers seeking approval for height variances in Kelowna? What's the point ? Pretty much just a song and dance. What really is the point of even having height restrictions in the official city plan? Nobody sticks to it.

Everybody does what they want anyway. And city council just goes "Mmmm yeah OK - where's that rubber approval stamp?" And then after the fact of getting it approved the developer says "naaaaaah - not going to do it that way - don't want to. Costs too much money". And there's no repercussions. Case in point - Central Green.

There's no point in even having size/height restrictions in the official city plan if council can't say "NO". Once you say yes to one guy all the others say "well you did it for THEM now you have to do it for us".

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby Catri » Jan 24th, 2018, 8:27 pm

Everyone knows the only way to densify and be "world class" is to build ridiculously tall buildings! They're charming and make great neighbourhoods! Except the part where it's not and they don't.

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Re: Aqua Height Okay

Postby LANDM » Jan 24th, 2018, 10:03 pm

And yet, when one of the developers wants to go lower, everyone gets uptight.
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