West Kelowna win­ery to re­vamp ex­pan­sion

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - By Daily Courier Staff

Plans for a con­tro­ver­sial new restau­rant and lounge on farm­land were abruptly with­drawn dur­ing a West Kelowna coun­cil meet­ing this week.

Own­ers of the Mount Boucherie Win­ery said they didn’t want to ad­dress coun­cil on the mat­ter and would in­stead be will­ing to re­vise the build­ing plans.

Mu­nic­i­pal plan­ners had rec­om­mended coun­cil not ap­prove a new 25,000-square-foot, three-level build­ing at 829 Dou­glas Rd.

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors had spo­ken against the project, de­scrib­ing it as too large and not ben­e­fi­cial to agri­cul­ture, when the own­ers with­drew their ap­pli­ca­tion.

The re­vised plans will be con­sid­ered at a fu­ture coun­cil meet­ing.

“Per­haps scale it down, a lit­tle more quaint­ness as op­posed to mon­stros­ity,” said Coun. Rick de Jong.

The large restau­rant that was pro­posed “didn’t have any­thing to do with wine­mak­ing, other than the tast­ing,” said Coun. Bry­den Winsby.

Al­though West Kelowna pro­motes Boucherie Road as the city’s wine route, flanked as it is by winer­ies, most of which have restau­rants and lounges, Coun. Carol Zanon said the pro­posal at hand was sim­ply too large.

“What we want to see along the wine route is not what is be­ing ex­pressed in this ap­pli­ca­tion,” Zanon said. “At first blush, I found this op­por­tunis­tic.”

The prop­erty is within the Agri­cul­tural Land Re­serve, and the prov­ince al­lows winer­ies to op­er­ate food and bev­er­age es­tab­lish­ments un­der some con­di­tions. How­ever, the one pro­posed by Mount Boucherie Win­ery own­ers ex­ceeded per­mit­ted size lim­its, so coun­cil’s ap­proval for a non-farm use was re­quired.

Be­fore the item was with­drawn, Coun. Rusty En­sign was the only coun­cil mem­ber to ex­press sup­port for the pro­posed restau­rant and lounge.

“What was the wine route built for in the first place?” En­sign asked. “If they’re will­ing to in­vest this kind of money in our com­mu­nity, we should be em­brac­ing it.”

City of West Kelowna

This is the pro­posed look of a win­ery ex­pan­sion that City of West Kelowna plan­ners said should not be ap­proved.The win­ery’s own­ers now say they will re­vise the plans.

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