By on July 28, 2010

OSOYOOS TIMES-July 28, 2010

By Laurena Weninger – Osoyoos Times

Preliminary estimates for the construction of the proposed marina at Lions Park show Phase 1 as costing approximately $1.17 million, said Glen Harris, from Osoyoos Shoreline Development Limited, the developers of the Watermark Beach Resort.
The marina project will be a joint venture between the development company and the Town of Osoyoos at a 50-50 split.
Harris said Phase 1 includes boat slips within the lagoon, a de-sludging process for the lagoon, construction of boat ramps and development of a parking area for vehicles and boat trailers.
Two F-shaped docks would follow in other phases if the marina project goes ahead and will cost an additional $700,000.
“The whole thing is somewhere between $2.3 and $2.5 million,” Harris said, emphasizing these are all still preliminary cost estimates.
The site-specific zoning amendment that will allow for the building of the marina was officially adopted at the July 19 Osoyoos council meeting.
The Lions Park lagoon area, which is adjacent to the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club, will still be zoned Parks and Recreation, but a site-specific amendment will allow for the marina construction in the immediate area surrounding the lagoon
A marina is defined as “the use of buildings, land or surface of the water for the sale and/or rental of water sports equipment, boats, docking berths, marine supplies and may include the sale of petroleum products.”
While the zoning amendment approved at the July 19 council meeting will allow the process to proceed, a development permit process will still need to happen prior to any construction.
The preliminary designs for the marina include the development of 30 slips within the lagoon, two F-shaped docks each containing 52 slips extending roughly 75 metres out into the lake as well as parking and landscaping alterations to the area.
Harris said he is anticipating approvals from the federal and provincial governments for the project soon and he hopes to begin the de-sludging part of the project either this fall or early spring.

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