Camp Grafton has been rezoned for two residential lots.
Now comes the subdivision.
Larry Morgan, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District director for North Shuswap, said Thursday the rezoning to change two parcels of the camp to residential went through with a vote of 4-1.
"I voted for it," he said. "We had a thorough airing of the topic. At one point, it looked as if it could be defeated. But I think the fact the United Church people were there; Jennifer Keim (from the church development committee) answered questions and explained the church's point of view."
Morgan said the CSRD doesn't grant subdivisions, so the church has to go to the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure for that.
Kamloops United Church owns Camp Grafton. The church voted to sell off two pieces of Grafton to help pay for rebuilding the church and the creation of 56 housing units on its downtown property.
Morgan said he spoke with the one dissenting director, Rene Talbot from Falkland, afterward. Talbot told him he was concerned about the rest of Grafton staying as it is.
Keim said the camp isn't being carved up further.
"It was a tough decision for the church to make," she said.
"We're conscious that a lot of people were disappointed in the original church decision."
Camp Grafton was created in 1955 after Dr. Hartley Grafton of Kamloops donated money to Kamloops United Church and the Boy Scouts to buy land at Magna Bay. About 200 kids spend part of their summer there every year, and it's also used for other bookings like family reunions.
The camp is 18 hectares, but the two lots to be carved off are one and two hectares in size.
Keim said there's already a waiting list of potential buyers, but they'll probably have to wait until early 2014 before any price negotiations begin.
The church is partway through subdivision approval, with some steps still ahead, she said.
"We have to get it surveyed, transfer title, all the legal things to do with that. But I've been contacted by several people, even neighbours who spoke out against it, who are on a waiting list to seriously talk with us when we're ready to put the property up."
The sale of the two small lots is, in part, an effort to keep the rest of the camp intact.
"The sale of the rest of Grafton was never part of the equation, never contemplated," said Keim.
Morgan said most of the camp is still zoned institutional, but that could be subdivided or sold. Magna Bay is classified as a secondary settlement area in the CSRD's official community plan, so there aren't any restrictions, he said.
"As far as I'm concerned, I think it was the right decision. A lot of people were against the subdivision but a key point is there would be nothing from stopping the church from selling the property or dividing it into 17 individual properties."