KELOWNA – Mayor Sharon Shepherd and city councilors were taken on a tour today of what promises to be one of the province’s most exciting and uniquely natural residential resort projects, Kelowna Mountain.
Owners Nicola and Mark Consiglio – they recently developed the highly-successful $20 million Cottages at Secret Point residential resort on the Westside of Okanagan Lake – were delighted to show their guests the natural majesty of the remarkable 700 acres they own in the Upper Mission Neighbourhood. Discussions between the city and the Consiglios about the project continue.
On Tuesday, councilors were able to soak in the panoramic views of the Okanagan from the future village centre while skiers, snowboarders, rock climbers and hockey players took advantage of the top-notch facilities already in place.
“We feel very fortunate to own this incredible parcel of land and we will always be guided by our respect for what Mother Nature has created here,” said Nicola Consiglio. “Like our unique approach to preserving the Kokanee spawning area at Secret Point, our plans for Kelowna Mountain will keep the wildlife and its habitat front and centre.”
Mayor Sharon Shepherd said Kelowna Mountain has “exciting opportunities.”
“It’s a place certainly that recognizes the needs of youth, which is very important for a community.
“And the Shotel vision is breathtaking.”
Ken Campbell, instrumental in the reconstruction of the KVR trestles burned in the fires of 2003, said he was “blown away” by Tuesday’s tour.
“I’m blown away by (the Consiglios’) vision in making an environmentally sensitive development, which in my opinion is a rarity in Kelowna.”
Said Coun. Carol Gran: “I don’t have any difficulty in saying it’s hard to believe. It’s unusual and it covers so much – an entire family’s recreation.”
Said Coun. Michele Rule: “It’s so comprehensive – a complete community. I think it’s impressive a developer would take the initiative to include affordability and environmental components.”
Consistent with their Gateway to Adventure theme for Kelowna Mountain, the Consiglios are also in the process of applying for the right to build a trail through Crown land to the rail bed of the Kettle Valley Railway.
While discussions continue with the city, the Consiglios have developed a winter playground for their family on their private land at Kelowna Mountain, which starts at the intersection of Gillard Forestry Road and Chute Lake Road. An Olympic-standard half-pipe, a terrain park for skiers and boarders and a 220-metre by 25 metre hockey and skating rink highlight current recreational opportunities at Kelowna Mountain.
The summer months could provide a multitude of recreational opportunities at Kelowna Mountain, including plans for an Endless Trail Network (hiking and mountain biking) and a Natural Golf Course – a championship layout that will not employ the use of pesticides or herbicides.
The first phase of Kelowna Mountain – 55 large lots on 36 acres – already has its approvals and lot servicing is under construction.
In all, the Consiglios have completed, or have plans for, $20 million worth of recreational amenities for the enjoyment of residents and tourists alike.
Future plans call for large-lot, single-family housing and multi-family housing (multi-year build-out). The proposal will average one acre per housing unit and the Consiglios have committed to council they will meet or exceed the affordable housing recommendations council is expected to adopt this year.
Amenities already completed on the Consiglios’ property at Kelowna Mountain:
- Olympic-standard half-pipe, which could attract teams for 2010 training.
- a 225-metre by 25 metre lake, sectioned off for both hockey and leisure skating in the winter.
- a competition-sized terrain park, complete with the coolest of rails for skiers and snowboarders and several ski runs.
- a 110-foot waterfall.
- a twisty, exciting toboggan run.
- Lookouts that provide views of all the recreational amenities and unparalleled, panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and the Central Okanagan from Peachland to Joe Rich.
Amenities in the plans and/or under discussion for Kelowna Mountain:
- a 100-metre long suspension bridge that will provide the most spectacular views of the Central Okanagan and promises to be one of the Valley’s top tourist attractions.
- a trail link to the Kettle Valley Railway’s decommissioned rail bed, where hiking and biking opportunities await.
- a series of superb ski runs, all funneling down to a vibrant, bustling village with funky, appropriate retail opportunities.
- a 1.6 kilometre long watersports lake for wakeboarding, waterskiing, swimming or waterside lounging.
- a championship, 18 hole golf course that will not employ the use of herbicides or pesticides. The greens will be immaculate in the Okanagan tradition, but the fairways will make the golfer think of classic Scottish courses.
- a network of more than 10 kilometres of trails, clearly divided so both hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy the unique terrain.
- a transit link right to the village.
- an ice winery.
- a school – the Consiglios are considering the donation of Kelowna Mountain land and cash for a K-12 school for the Upper Mission.