Capri Landmark urban centre

A growing neighbourhood

The Capri Landmark neighbourhood (that’s the area between Gordon and Spall, and Highway 97 and Springfield) is one of Kelowna’s major employment hubs and is growing to be an attractive location for apartment living. Development interest in the area is high. So we need a plan for the future of the area!

On Jan. 15, Council endorsed the preferred concept plan in principle as the direction for the development of the final plan report.  The preferred concept was developed with community input and technical analysis to address future growth, how people will get around, and where future residents and workers will have access to parks and public space. 

Check out this video to see how the preferred concept plan, developed with community input and technical analysis, addresses future growth, how people will get around, and where future residents and workers will have access to parks and public space.

Over the next couple of months, staff will work to develop an implementation strategy through consultation with Council and major landowners in the Landmark area of the urban centre. Staff will also be working on the development of the final plan report for Council approval this spring. 

Key Concepts

The Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan will be a big step toward creating a successful urban centre that delivers a high quality of life for current and future residents and employees in the area.

Residents were invited to attend a public information session in Fall 2017 to see the highlights of the preferred plan, and learn about the next steps in the process.

Key concepts of the plan include:

  • Prioritized alternative transportation options: New complete street, with improved walking, cycling and transit options from Burtch to Spall roads.
  • Comfortable, walkable streets: Reduced block sizes and streetscape designs that add new sidewalks for people living and working.
  • Flexible, social public spaces: Developing a community park for people living and working in the Landmark area.
  • Local character and sense of place: Design principles to guide public realm and future building design.
  • Diversity of housing types:  adding increased density and new types of housing options combats urban sprawl and contributes to a thriving neighbourhood
  • Mix of land uses: Increasing the number of people living in the area and focusing new retail and amenities on Dickson Avenue.
  • Environmental resilience: Increasing the amount of green spaces and linear corrdors (Mill Creek and Ritchie Brook) to reduce run-off and improve flood protection.

Why a plan is important

Great urban centres are the result of careful planning, strategic investment and thoughtful development. The Capri Landmark Plan will be our first opportunity to apply the principles and targets of the Urban Centres Roadmap to an urban centre in Kelowna. The Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan will be a big step toward creating a successful urban centre that delivers a high quality of life for current and future residents and employees in the area.

The more ambitious approach to parks and public space and transportation will require greater capital investment as well as implementing a strategy for funding future infrastructure in the area as growth takes place. 

With a strong plan in place, each re-development proposal can be leveraged as an opportunity to invest in the area in a way that moves the community closer to the vision for the plan.

Project timeline

Background

Concept
planning
Preferred
concept
Draft plan & transportation assessment
February - MarchApril - JulyAugust - OctoberNovember - February

Background information

This project is made possible with funding from: