Kelowna developer pitches new proposal

Nesbitt envisions 12 estate lots on property

A Kelowna developer is eager to find out whether Warfield council likes his latest proposal for his 17-acre property in the village.

Paul Nesbitt of Upside Developments Ltd. envisions 12 estate lots about one acre in size on a property he inherited below the Sleeman subdivision and above Wellington Avenue and Montcalm.

The new properties would tie into the village’s storm, water and sanitary sewer systems. Nesbitt would like to run a drainage ditch over the storm sewer to ease the land that is notorious for drainage issues.

He plans on extending Willow Drive to accommodate the new subdivision, which involves cutting through some of the village’s existing park space. But in return, he’ll donate about five acres of new green space to the community.

“I think that it’s a pretty ambitious project,” said Warfield Mayor Jim Nelson, when Nesbitt made a presentation to council last week at their regular meeting.

Nesbitt went back to the drawing board after about 80 Warfielders rejected his vision of a 200-suite subdivision made up of condominiums.

Residents felt that the roads in Warfield were too narrow for the estimated 300 vehicles that would access the suggested 200-suite subdivision via Lytton Street.

“My new proposal is not that aggressive. I’ve mellowed right out, this is pretty quiet.”

He initially held a townhall meeting in early February to gauge whether residents had an appetite for the condominium development, which was shot down.

Warfield council is currently looking into Nesbitt’s newest proposal.