KELOWNA, BC— On Monday, March 19, Kelowna city council will vote on whether or not to approve the Diamond Mountain Area Structure Plan (ASP), a new community plan hoping to bring housing to North Glenmore for families of all shapes, stages and scales of income.
With half the nearly ninety hectares being dedicated to natural areas and trails, solar power opportunities, reuse of storm water and environmentally minded design and materials, Diamond Mountain also aims to be “the greenest subdivision in Kelowna.”
“We want to bring to Kelowna a community that’s sustainable, that relieves the city’s affordable housing issue, that fits a real range of residents and families at different stages of life and scales of income,” says Renee Wasylyk, CEO of Troika Management Corp., the developer behind Diamond Mountain property. “If the Area Structure Plan isn’t approved, the property is already zoned for Agricultural 1 (A1) so we would proceed with developing seventeen 10-acre lots that only the wealthy could afford, and the public parks, lookouts and trails would be lost”.
Wasylyk’s concerns stem from a City of Kelowna-commissioned report that explores how the North Glenmore Landfill could cause future odour, noise and dust nuisances in the area.
“What we’re hearing is two different interpretations of the same study,” says Wasylyk. “One interpretation is that there won’t be any additional impact for 100 years, and the other is that the additional impact is significant enough to prevent or at least alter development at Diamond Mountain and the rest of the Glenmore community.”
The former interpretation was previously used to approve the revised fill plan at the landfill. The May 2017 report—Assessment of Potential Nuisance Levels of Odour, Dust, Noise, Light & Litter—shows the 88-hectare Diamond Mountain hillside community planned for North Glenmore as the least affected and completely safe for residents. However, Diamond Mountain’s ASP will be presented to council without the City’s support.
If the city interprets the study as cause to turn down Diamond Mountain, existing communities with plans for future residential development, such as UBCO, could also be impacted.
“We are concerned about the potential impact of the report’s findings on our campus and on future housing development in the surrounding area,” says Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan. “We believe affordable, mixed housing development in proximity to the campus is in the interest of the community.”
Several subdivisions and neighbourhoods, including those of Quail Ridge, McKinley Landing and Wilden would also be affected by the same nuisances. According to the operation agreement (Operational Certificate 12218), the landfill is required to mitigate any nuisance it creates within its own site, but Wasylyk says that’s not happening.
“The nuisance report’s findings clearly identify that the landfill is not meeting this requirement.”
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Troika CEO, Renee Wasylyk has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in the entrepreneurial category.
Jobs were scarce when she moved to the Okanagan Valley in the 1990s, so she built her own business. She launched Troika as a development and property management consulting firm and has grown it into a progressive organization with its own commercial and residential development projects and construction companies
Read the rest of the story at Kelowna Capital News.
Our CEO, Renee Wasylyk was recognized in the latest BC Business Leadership feature, issued this week. Renee tells her story and talks about how it has formed her leadership style.
“I didn’t want to be a developer who chased the market,” she says. “I wanted to be a community leader and builder who was here for the long term.”
Read the full article here.
The B.C. Government has just announced that it will offer down payment loans to first time home buyers to help with the purchase of homes up to $750,000. The 25 year loan will cover up to 5% of the purchase price for a maximum of $37,500, and is interest free and payment free for the first five years.
This makes home ownership a little easier for those who can afford their mortgage payments, but struggle to come up with the down payment. The maximum purchase price that qualifies for the loan is $750,000, and with homes starting at $550,000, West Harbour is a great place for you to start your search for your dream home. Contact West Harbour today to see the amazing lifestyle you can afford!
For more information and eligibility, read the CBC article here.
West Harbour is giving away 2 Tickets to the Gypsy Kings at Mission Hill on August 28!
Here’s How to Win:
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3. Contest runs August 8 – August 24. The winner will be announced on August 26
4. Don’t forget to invite friends, family & colleagues to our Facebook page to vote for your photos in the contest album!
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Our very own Renee Wasylyk was nominated by Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran for the One Bag Challenge. Not familiar? Read about it and watch his original video here. The One Bag Challenge is a twist on the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, where Kelowna locals are challenged to bring a full bag of food to the Greater Okanagan Food Bank during the month of July, when their supplies are at their lowest.
Renee graciously accepted, and nominated five more people. See who she nominated by watching the video here.
Within 24 hours, Renee received two more nominations: from Kelowna – Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick, and Kelowna City Manager, Ron Matiussi.
She decided to take the One Bag Challenge to the next level. See what she did here.
In just 10 days, the Greater Okanagan food bank collected 24,000. Congratulations and thank you to everybody that participated!
Rich Threlfall becomes partner at Troika Management Corp.
February 16, 2016 – Kelowna BC – Kelowna-based land and real estate development company, Troika Developments, announced today that engineer and Kelowna developer Rich Threlfall would be added to the list of partners, adding a new skillset to their already esteemed leadership team.
Threlfall’s breadth of knowledge and experience in sustainable civil engineering and land development has aided Troika in significant growth during his four year tenure as Development Project Manager for the company. “Rich started with Troika as a consultant a decade ago, but became a part of our Troika tribe four years ago” says Renee Wasylyk, Founder and CEO of Troika. “It soon became apparent that we didn’t see the future of Troika without his leadership and presence. Brad Klassen and I decided to bring on another partner for the first time in 10 years. Rich Threlfall is the next generation of Troika”.
Threlfall came to the Kelowna developer via CTQ Consultants Ltd., where he planned and designed communities, parks and public spaces for many local developers, institutions and municipalities, including Troika. Here he played an integral role in the conception and manifestation of Troika’s West Harbour, an extraordinary Tuscan-style waterfront community in West Kelowna. “Rich was instrumental in bringing about our last four successful projects. It was evident that he thought more like an entrepreneurial developer than an engineering consultant.” says Wasylyk. “He understands community.”
Having worked with the Troika Tribe in various capacities for nearly ten years, Threlfall admires their forward-thinking nature and commitment to community and their team.
“We are a team dedicated to having fun while building carefully planned and sustainable communities that enhance the daily life of our residents, and that is what sets Troika apart as a developer” Threlfall explained, “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Brad and Renee to develop and lead a team of passionate professionals, including our colleagues, consultants, contractors and partners.”
The new partnership announcement comes amidst a hiring blitz at Troika, having recently increased their workforce by approximately 10%, due to recent growth and strategic restructuring.
Troika is a progressive, future-focused company that brings together designers, contractors, engineers and project managers in a team environment to plan and construct superior housing and commercial projects, while passionately working to maximize community benefit. The company’s projects adhere to the highest standards of sustainability and environmental practices. For more information visit TroikaDevelopments.com
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Calvin Lechner, Marketing & Communications, Troika Management Corp.
Phone: 250-869-4945 x212
Get to know Renee Wasylyk CEO of Troika Developments in this issue of Kelowna Now’s ‘In Focus’ column. Renee loves Kelowna, loves her kids, and loves the Troika Tribe! Read the article at http://ow.ly/Yb9Po
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