KELOWNA, B.C. — During a recent meeting, Kelowna City Council endorsed a growth plan that will direct the location and style of development in the area over the next 21 years.
The scenario, which proposes an accelerated and deliberate shift toward a more compact and complete community, will be used to help develop the 2040 Official Community Plan, also known as Kelowna as We Grow, as well as a Transportation Master Plan, Kelowna as We Move, and a 20 Year Servicing Plan, explains a release from the city.
“This is a significant step toward planning for how our city will grow over the next 20 years,” said Robert Miles, project manager, in a media release.
“The endorsed growth scenario aligns with the principles and goals set out in Imagine Kelowna, which envisions a Kelowna with vibrant urban centres and diverse transportation options.”
The growth scenario sees 2040 Kelowna with an overall housing split of 52 per cent multi-family housing (apartments and townhouses), and 48 per cent single and two-family homes, the release reads.
It also estimates 19 per cent of future housing will be in suburban areas, while 81 per cent will be distributed throughout the city core, which includes Rutland Urban Centres, Midtown, South Pandosy, Capri-Landmark and the City Centre.
The city also expects to focus on infrastructure and transportation investments in the urban core, which would reduce infrastructure investment costs.
According to the city, next steps include developing a draft Future Land Use Plan to be brought to council and unveiled to the public for consultation next spring.
This plan will provide a big picture overview of the types of activities and use that can take place in different areas of the city.
Miles stated in the release that the foundation is set for what Kelowna could look like by 2040, but he is unsure what the future will hold.
“We can now move forward with setting some of the actionable steps and policies needed to achieve the endorsed growth scenario and, ultimately, the Imagine Kelowna vision,” he said.