Vicarro Ranch Abbotsford project updateSeptember 20th, 2013
New Town Planning Services Inc. has been working with the owners of the Vicarro Ranch lands, located in Abbotsford, BC, since 2008. Very recently we’ve made some significant progress and a Public Information Session has been scheduled for September 26, 2013. This is a very exciting time for New Town and for our client as we advance to the approval stages of the comprehensive rezoning process
Vicarro Ranch is comprised of 383 in the heart of Abbotsford. We are proposing an amendment to the Official Community Plan in order to rezone the property and allow for 1400 residential units including Single Family homes, townhouses, duplexes and apartment units.
Please visit this link to the City of Abbotsford website for more details.
New Town is very proud to announce that Boucherie Beach is ready to go public!!!!June 25th, 2013
The Boucherie Beach legacy has come to fruition. It is with great excitement, that we wish to share with you that sales will be commencing to the public in the coming weeks!
Please visit the following link to their website for more project details.
984 Dehart Zoning ApplicationApril 18th, 2013
Please click on the links below to learn more about this application.
Two New Town projects featured in Business Examiner OkanaganDecember 18th, 2012
Two of recent projects, Apple Valley Residences and Conservatory Phase 1, were featured in the December 2012 issue of the Business Examiner Okangan.
Please click on this link to read the articles.
Thompson Okanagan Commercial Building AwardsOctober 31st, 2012
At a Gala Banquet on October 18th, Stonewater Won 1st Place in the Multi-Family Category of the Thompson Okanagan Commercial Building Awards.
The judges singled out Stonewater for it’s Innovative Design, Quality Construction and Energy Saving Features.
Stonewater was not the only New Town project that received recognition. The Conservatory Ph I received a Merit Award and Bottega Farm Inn received an Excellence Award.
Please click on this link to read more about all the winners and participants in this year’s building awards.
Homes and Land Thompson Okanagan/KootenaysOctober 29th, 2012
Another New Town project is featured in a local publication. Please click on this link to read the article in the Homes and Land Magazine.
WildPlay Kelowna is now open!July 13th, 2012
This adventure park set above the Mission Creek canyon offers spectacular views and safe, supervised outdoor recreation for all ages and abilities. The Kelowna location is the sixth facility for WildPlay Element Parks and New Town is proud to have played an instrumental role in making it a reality.
Our land planning team facilitated the approvals from both the Agricultural Land Commission and the local Regional District and coordinated the required environmental and technical reviews.
To find out more or to book your own exciting adventure check out WildPlay’s website.
New Town project featured in Okanagan Home MagazineMay 8th, 2012
Bo.ttega is one of a small number of retreat venues that offer complete privacy and exclusive use of the entire facility for any function imagineable. Please click on this link to read the article in the Okanagan Home Magazine.
Glenmore’s Conservatory moving forwardApril 17th, 2012
New Town Architecture is pleased to announce the approval of our newly designed townhouse project for the Conservatory site at 773 Glenmore Road. Please click the following link to Capital News.
BottegaNovember 4th, 2011
Our newest project, Bottega, is now open! Bottega is a modern farm inn set in beautiful South East Kelowna. This gorgeous conference and retreat center highlights the beauty of natural wood and stone building materials and is set in a stunning location on 13 acres. The Grand Opening is scheduled for spring 2012 but until then you can check out their website and take advantage of limited booking opportunities.
Link to Bottega Website
New Town Projects Receive OMREB AwardsNovember 1st, 2011
New Town Architecture attended the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board’s (OMREB) third annual building awards event on October 27, 2011 and received recognition for three commercial buildings.
Awards were presented to the developers of the following New Town projects:
* Big O Tires, West Kelowna (Commercial)
* Kettle Valley Village Building, Kelowna (Commercial Retail)
* Society of Hope’s Apple Valley Senior’s Housing, Kelowna (Community Senior’s Housing)
The gala event highlighted the best in commercial building in OMREB’s jurisdiction – from Peachland to Revelstoke – celebrating projects completed between January 1, 2010 and September 1, 2011.
Congratulations to our clients and all of the winners and nominees.
Glenrosa Public MeetingSeptember 12th, 2011
New Town hosted a public information session on Thursday, August 18th, to present a rezoning plan for Lot 2, District Lot 3482, ODYD, Plan KAP 67438 (Glenrosa and Webber Road). The site is proposed for rezoning to Single Family Residential, Compact Single Family Residential, Low Density Multiple Family, Service Commercial and Park and Open Space.
It was a busy evening with nearly 50 people attending, including one member of Council. The public meeting was scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 at the Lions’ Hall in Westbank, with a presentation at 6:00 pm. Attendees began arriving shortly after 5:00 and the last person left after 8:00pm.
The community will have further opportunity for feedback at Public Hearing, which is anticipated for the Fall 2011.
Conservatory Project Makes Another Rise From the RubbleAugust 30th, 2011
Kelowna Capital News, August 26, 2011
New Town Architecture’s Project Manager Paul Schuster is pleased to be working on this project once again after it has sat unfinished for the past few years. Paul was interviewed for an article in the Kelowna Capital News regarding the project formerly known as The Conservatory. Paul is not the only one excited to see this project to the end, local residents and the community in general are all happy at the thought of seeing this vision to through to completion. Check out the Kelowna Capital News story here.
Registration with Alberta Association of Architects (AAA)August 25th, 2011
We are pleased to announce that our Senior Architect, Patrick McCusker, is now registered to practice in Alberta. With key team members holding licences with the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), we are able to offer our full range of services throughout BC, Alberta and across the country.
Kelowna Yacht Club Design CompetitionJune 7th, 2011
New Town was pleased to be invited to participate in the recent design competition for the new clubhouse for the Kelowna Yacht Club.
Our design recieved 43% of KYC member votes and was chosen as the preferred design by 90% of respondents to a CHBC News Poll.
FortisBC Leadership Award RecipientsNovember 18th, 2010
Each year the FortisBC PowerSense Conservation Excellence Awards recognize customers who have shown a commitment to innovation, conservation and sustainability by completing energy efficiency projects that save over 100,000 kWhs annually.
The winners were able to achieve these energy savings by incorporating energy efficiency measures into new facility or upgrade projects. Some of these measures include energy efficient lighting, heat recovery systems, variable speed drives and process controls.
By participating in FortisBC’s energy efficiency programs in 2010, these customers will save nearly 9,367 MWhs, or enough to power 730 homes for a year.
Since its inception in 1989, PowerSense programs have helped FortisBC’s customers in BC’s southern interior save nearly 360 million kWhs, enough energy to power some 28,000 homes each year.
Going the extra mile for your client can change your perspective and practices. Paul Schuster, project architect at New Town Architecture works with clients early in the planning process to include sustainable and energy efficiency options.
Schuster and the team at New Town worked with the Society of H.O.P.E. to create an energy efficient multi-unit residential building designed for women and their children in transition. The building features a geothermal system and achieved an EnerGuide rating of 84.
“We submitted the project on our own dime to FortisBC to help the Society earn a rebate,” says Schuster. “The rebate was put into the mortgage principle and will pay dividends for years.”
The positive experience has Schuster looking at introducing geothermal and making other efficient energy decisions early on in the design process, “Now that we have a better idea of the rebate process, we have stepped up work with our clients to present those options.”
|Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna and Area||100,000|
|The Society of H.O.P.E.||119,121|
|Accent Inns Kelowna||128,898|
|Acorn Communities, West Avenue Lofts||173,185|
|Weyerhaeuser Princeton Operations||249,428|
|Okanagan College, Centre for Learning||260,000|
|Mission Group, Amberhill Properties||386,303|
|Interior Health Authority, Summerland Health Centre||400,000|
|Loblaws, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Penticton||494,061|
|City of Penticton, Water Infrastructure Upgrades||992,184|
|John Ross, INvue||1,238,754|
FortisBC Leadership AwardNovember 2nd, 2010
Congratulations to New Town Architecture’s Paul Schuster for recently being awarded the FortisBC Power Sense Leadership Award for his work on the Society of Hope’s Gordon Drive Transitional Housing building. Completed in the fall of 2009, The Gordon Drive Transitional Housing building is an eleven unit building built for single mother’s in transition to permanent living arrangements. The building engages conservation and sustainable features through the use of ground source geothermal heating and cooling, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, low energy double glazing, low VOC finishes, xeriscaping, and formaldahyde-free flooring. The project was also recognized by the Federal Government’s Energuide Program for building conservation by acheiving a score of 84 points. For more information, please refer to the project section of our website.
Vicarro RanchFebruary 10th, 2010
Land Use Zoning and Official Community Plan Amendment
An open house was held on February 3, 2010 to provide information and garner feedback from the proposed land use zoning and Official Community Plan Amendment for Vicarro Ranch.
Vicarro Ranch is a future master planned community located in the McKee Peak Mountain and Eagle Mountain area of east Abbotsford. A 160 hectare (395 acre) plan for the area will include a cluster of five residential areas. Each cluster will be separated from others with natural open space and park land and will include an extensive trail and bike path system. A major premise of the planning includes sensitivity to the environmental by avoiding steep slopes, preserving environmentally significant areas, and providing a large amount of natural open space. Vicarro Ranch will offer a variety of housing types and options, including single family, duplex, townhomes and condominium units. The Trethewey family ranch home site will present a legacy to the community by granting a destination park and amenity space for Abbotsford residents and visitors. Abbotsford’s largest master planned project to date, Vicarro Ranch will set a benchmark for future sustainable planning in the City.
For more information, contact Don Erdely
The Waterfront, Awarded Gold TommieFebruary 2nd, 2010
The Waterfront Resort, on Lake Okanagan, in West Kelowna was recently awarded a Gold Tommie for Excellence in creating a resort development.
Link to Waterfront
Gordon Transitional Housing Awarded 4 TommiesFebruary 2nd, 2010
1 gold Tommie for Best Public/Private Partnership and 3 Silver Tommies for Excellence in Low Rise Multi Family Development, Outstanding achievement in Environmental consideration and energy efficiency, and Excellence in creating affordable housing, were awarded to the Gordon Drive Transitional Housing Project.
Link to Gordon Transitional Housing