Sun Peaks council approves townhouse complex

By Chad Klassen
August 9, 2016 - 5:21pm

SUN PEAKS, B.C. — As Sun Peaks becomes a more attractive place to live and work, demand for housing is exceeding supply, and the resort municipality is trying to find ways to keep up. 

At today's council meeting, Mayor Al Raine and council approved a rezoning application for a new townhouse complex that will boast three-bedroom units. It'll be built on a property on village way that currently serves as an RV parking lot.

"It's a townhouse complex that will have 26 to 28 units," says Sun Peaks Councillor Darcy Alexander. "That's the first new project that we've had in about five years, and we're negotiating on other projects but nothing is finalized yet. But we're going to see more growth in the next three to five years."

Mayor Raine says more families are moving up to Sun Peaks, and that will likely mean an increase in the number of students attending elementary school on the mountain. The school, which housed 70 students last year, has 91 children enrolled already for September. Raine believes that number could be closer to 100 by the time school begins.

The population increase is creating more demand for housing with seasonal employees, planning to work the ski season, already facing challenges finding winter accomodation.

CFJC News will have more on that impact on Wednesday evening's news.

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