2030 Infrastructure Plan
Balancing investment in infrastructure for today and tomorrow.
The City of Kelowna has developed the 2030 Infrastructure Plan which outlines the City's infrastructure needs from now to 2030. Citizens were invited to experience firsthand balancing the desires of the community and availability of funding to support the long-term infrastructure plan.
Key dates at-a-glance
Nov. 9 - Report to Council (Initial Draft)
Nov. 12 to Jan. 3 - Online input closed
Nov. 13 & 14, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Public Information Table at Orchard Park Mall
Mar 7 - Report to Council (Plan Received)
Apr. 18 - Report to Council (Plan Endorsement)
The 2030 Infrastructure Plan will be used to develop the 10-year Capital Plan that will be updated annually to remain accurate and, reflect emerging issues and the community’s changing priorities. The 10-Year Capital Plan will be used in turn to support infrastructure investment decisions in the annual budget that is approved by Council.
An online budget allocation tool was available from November 12 to January 3 inviting participants to experience firsthand what it's like to be the decision maker. We asked where you would invest infrastructure dollars in the long term and experience balancing the annual funding for parks, civic and recreation buildings, transportation, storm drainage, equipment and solid waste over the next 15 years.
Why is it important?
Infrastructure is critical to the quality of life for citizens that live, work and play in our city. The City invests an average of $70 million annually toward clean drinking water, transportation, parks, buildings, utilities and other capital costs like equipment, fire trucks, lift stations and wastewater treatment. Keeping citizens safe and healthy, and providing opportunities for economic development is necessary to the sustainability of the community.
Slow but steady
Balancing investment in new and replacement of existing infrastructure is a process that takes into consideration citizens' priorities, regulations, and financial policies. Balanced transportation, spectacular parks, walkable communities, cultural vibrancy and containing urban sprawl are some of the focus areas in the Official Community Plan and guides where investment should occur.
Protecting our infrastructure
Keeping what’s 'on the ground' and 'underground' in good shape is a priority. The City has a responsibility to deliver infrastructure that is safe and positions Kelowna competitively and at the same time creates great spaces for residents to enjoy or places where they can be active.
Flexible and strategic planning ensures the City is in a position to secure funding through other levels of government for shovel-ready projects and at the same time deliver on priority projects that keep our city economically viable and vibrant. This strategy has allowed for the purchase of the CN Corridor, many active transportation corridors and transit infrastructure improvements like Queensway Transit Exchange.
Value for taxes
In the recent Citizen Survey 95 per cent of residents said quality of life was 'good' to 'very good'. Ensuring good value for taxes is managed by balancing the community's desired infrastructure against limited financial resources in a way that maintains a great quality of life for generations to come.
Where does the money come from?
Funding for infrastructure comes from a number of sources including taxes, utility fees, developers, borrowing, reserves and grants.
2016 Annual Budget
The annual budget aims for a balance between setting a reasonable tax rate and delivering services expected by residents and businesses. For more information about the City of Kelowna’s budget process, visit kelowna.ca/budget, watch a short animated video about the City of Kelowna’s budget process.
Related annual budget information:
Where the money comes from
Where the money goes
Budget document centre
Joel Shaw - 2030 Infrastructure Plan
Infrastructure Planning Manager
George King - 2016 Annual Budget
Financial Planning Manager