A vision created by our community, for our community.
Imagine Kelowna is our response to the forces of change. In 2018, Kelowna is a city in transition and Imagine Kelowna is the community’s vision, principles and goals to thrive in the face of unprecedented growth and change. The result of almost 4,000 resident contributions, this is a vision created by our community, for our community.
Kelowna is a thriving city and an incredible place to call home. To flourish in the future, we need to be agile, resilient and unafraid to do things differently. The community has made it clear that as we grow, we need to look out for one another and protect the stunning environment that sustains us. Our vision for an inclusive, welcoming, prosperous and sustainable future calls upon us all to be ambitious to embrace the challenges ahead.
We want to be a welcoming community where lifestyle and economic opportunities are available to everyone. This means ensuring that everybody who lives here can make a living, find suitable housing, and get around easily and safely.
The Imagine Kelowna goals are also aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, linking what we are doing locally with larger global efforts to shift the world onto a more equitable, sustainable and resilient path.
Kelowna is at a pivotal time in its evolution, one full of great opportunities.
Under the banner of Imagine Next, the City will use Imagine Kelowna to help shape its priorities and provide the foundation for future strategies and projects such as the Official Community Plan (Our City as we Grow), the Transportation Master Plan (Our City as we Move), Intelligent City Strategy, and many others.
The principles and goals of Imagine Kelowna will guide the development of these plans and other initiatives, which will also draw on the rich data of public input and research that was compiled from the extensive Imagine Kelowna engagement. At the same time, Imagine Next will unify strategies and projects that already exist or are underway to make sure they work together to build the kind of community Kelowna residents want.
However, Imagine Next doesn’t only involve the City. It also provides direction to organizations, institutions, businesses, agencies and other levels of government to change the way we work together, how we make decisions, and how we engage with Kelowna residents. Ultimately, Imagine Kelowna is the community’s vision to ensure a vibrant and resilient future. It is up to all of us to imagine what’s next and help make Imagine Kelowna a reality.