The development permit application submitted by Berry Architecture & Associates on behalf of Purcell International Education Ltd. has been approved by Kimberley City Council, a long overdue step forward for phase one of the Purcell Collegiate International Boarding School which will be built on part of the Purcell Golf property.
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Now that Council has approved the planning permit, the project can proceed to the planning permission review stage, which does not involve any further decision or review by Council. The permit is issued once staff confirm that the project’s detailed plans comply with all provincial building codes and municipal by-law requirements.
The first phase of the project encompasses the main university buildings, including several classrooms and learning areas, the gymnasium, student accommodation, a commercial kitchen and dining halls.
Kimberley Planning Director Troy Pollock told Council at its regular meeting on Monday April 25 that this phase totaled an area of approximately 10,000 square meters, or 110,000 square feet – the largest facility ever built in Kimberley for some time.
There are also various outdoor learning spaces, playgrounds and landscaped area. The first phase of the campus is designed for an initial intake of 150 students and to allow for future expansion of additional student housing and classroom space to eventually accommodate up to approximately 300 students.
Phase two of the project, located south of the phase one campus, will include additional sports and playing fields and will be considered under a separate future development permit application.
Pollock reminded the board that with the buildings slated for construction this spring, golf holes seven and eight at Purcell will be closed to allow construction, and possibly, as construction expands, holes six and nine will be replaced by holes built last summer.
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“Overall, the proposed development plan and building design aligns with the Official Community Plan’s design objectives and guidelines,” Pollock said. “And a number of different design strategies that they incorporated into their plan that make it a very attractive, functional and accessible building.”
He explained that the proposed site and building plans comply with zoning requirements and that issues such as building height, floor area ratio and parking requirements are all met by the building.
The site’s proximity to existing infrastructure allows for efficient extension of utility services and road connections, with all vehicular access for staff, visitors and campus deliveries to come from St. Mary Lake Road to minimize direct impacts on traffic or parking. nearby owners.
As part of their development permit review process, the developers were required to complete a traffic impact assessment, which was completed and its findings accepted by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Berry Architecture & Associates has committed to installing street lighting at the intersection of St. Mary Lake Road and Highway 95A and has also committed to constructing an accessible sidewalk link connecting the campus area to the Marysville commercial area by October 26 – ahead of the planned occupancy of the expanded student housing area.
The proposed campus will also have two connections to the municipal water system and will connect to the municipal sewer system at 302nd Avenue, near the site of the proposed wastewater treatment facility.