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One of the largest building permits on record in Summerland was issued in the summer of 2021.

The permit for the Oasis development on Lakeshore Drive had a construction value of $ 23,582,000 and was issued in August.

“Following the issuance of this one permit, staff predict that the total value of construction for the remainder of 2021 will be a record year, despite the average annual number of building permits issued,” a service department report development of the municipality. States.

Building permits issued in August were worth a total of $ 27,559,500, more than 10 times more than permits issued in the same month a year earlier. From January to November, Summerland issued 196 building permits valued at $ 58,263,000. During the year 2020, Summerland issued 200 building permits, valued at $ 35,734,900.

The Oasis project has been underway since 2019, when an application for a development permit was approved for the property at 13415 Lakeshore Dr. S. The permit covered two six-story residential buildings facing the lake and one commercial and residential building at mixed use. facing Lakeshore Drive.

Each of the two residential buildings will contain 12 units, 140 square meters, and each will have a large terrace and a swimming pool.

The mixed-use building will have up to 11 commercial units on the first floor and eight resort condo units on the second floor.

A proposal from the same developer, for a medium-density residential development of 106 units north of Summerland, was rejected by the regional district of Okanagan-Similkameen. It has been proposed that the Diamonds development be constructed more than 10 kilometers north of Summerland, near Greata Ranch and Okanagan Lake Provincial Park.

The concept included estate-style landscaping, a communal infinity pool, pickleball courts, a tennis court, a private community center, and a lakeside restaurant and marina.

Concerns about this development proposal included water resources, the need to extend the Summerland sewer to service the development, and the potential for infill and spread.

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Year in review 2021