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Small animal rehabilitation clinic gets green light from Kelowna City Council | infonews

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August 22, 2022 – 7:00 pm

Plans to build a small bird and mammal rehabilitation center in Kelowna are moving forward, although city staff advised the council otherwise.

The property is located at 2605 O’Reilly Road and plans to house an office trailer, an outdoor animal enclosure and two outdoor aviaries on the 1.3 hectare property for small mammals and non-predatory birds, according to a report. which was presented in Kelowna. city ​​council this afternoon, August 22.

However, staff disputed the size of the land, saying they needed at least two hectares for the veterinary clinics to avoid nuisance to neighboring properties, as current zoning changes require two hectares.

“The size, coupled with the narrow shape of the subject property, would not mitigate the risks to neighboring properties associated with operating a large veterinary clinic,” according to the report. “After the public notification was completed, several neighbors contacted staff with concerns about the proposed clinic on the property.”

During today’s presentation, staff said two neighbors raised concerns.

Councilor Ryan Donn said his concerns about nuisance to neighbors were eased once he learned they would only have small animals like songbirds on the property.

City staff also disputed the proposed location of the facility, as it is in a “highly environmentally sensitive area.”

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“The process of grading, clearing and building a driveway would negatively impact the ecology of the site,” staff said.

However, Wild Things Rehabilitation Society founder Sydney Platz said the site would be centrally located on the property, which would not impact a slope to the south and center as it is a flattened area. A road has already been built on the property which will be used to access the site so that there is no ecological impact.

“I think this is a long-overdue investment in our community,” Councilman Charlie Hodge said.

Moving a large trailer to the site would not impact the surrounding ecology because it is a collapsible trailer, Platz said.

The clinic will not be open to the public with only a few people on site at any given time.

In the end, council decided to approve the rezoning.

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