The proposed marina has received approval from Transport Canada and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. The marina approval for 241 boat slips involved careful scrutiny to ensure environmental integrity and mitigation of any impact on aquatic or foreshore components. Siting was deemed to be safe, met all environmental reviews and navigational restrictions. The facility itself was required to meet all Federal Government requirements, and its construction must be done under the watchful eye of professional environmental monitors.
Although the approval is conditional upon municipal zoning being granted, Landstar ensured that the marina use is kept strictly to boat slips for seasonal moorage of small marine craft. Zoning approach has been agreed to with the City of West Kelowna that will not permit any boat services, fueling or retail at the marina site. Similarly, the marina will not include a boat launch.
The marina will be connected to the foreshore via an elevated foot bridge. This will permit human powered boats such as canoes and kayaks to easily move along the shore of Okanagan Lake, as well as access the upland beyond the marina location. The elevated footbridge further protects the environmental integrity of the foreshore and the lake.
The use of the marina will be by residents of the SolAqua Strata Development, the West Kelowna and area general boating community, and would be available to those members of the public from the region interested in a marina slip. A significant number of slips will be made available for West Kelowna/Casa Loma residents, on short term or longer-term lease basis.