Imagine Kelowna’s draft vision open for feedback

January 17, 2018
Public engagement

A significant milestone on the Imagine Kelowna journey has been reached with the introduction of a draft community vision.

“Kelowna residents of all ages and backgrounds answered the call in a big way to take part in creating an agile and responsive city by sharing what they value,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “With more than 4,000 contributions, people can see how their aspirations, opportunities and challenges shaped the foundation of a new community vision. This vision will not only help Kelowna adapt and thrive in a constantly shifting world, it will help guide us as a community to work together to achieve this vision.”

Four open houses have been scheduled across the city to ensure everyone has an opportunity to review the draft goals, share their priorities and identify gaps to help Kelowna thrive for generations to come.

  • Jan. 23, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Plaza 33, 301 Hwy 33 (Rutland)
  • Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Parkinson Recreation Centre (Centre)
  • Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Capital News Centre (Mission)
  • Jan. 26, 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m., UBC-Okanagan Campus, Fipke Centre

“Once the draft vision, principles and goals are introduced to the community for feedback, the results will be presented to Council in February, along with an introduction to Imagine Next, which is the partnership and planning framework that will help implement the vision. The final endorsement of Imagine Kelowna is planned for March,” said Project Manager, Rafael Villarreal.

For information about Imagine Kelowna, the journey so far and how to get involved, visit imagine.kelowna.ca.  Discover the draft vision and read the many guest blog contributions from thought leaders about how they Imagine Kelowna.

“This is an exciting and complex time as we integrate the values important to the community into Council decisions, while finding a balance to serve the needs of all residents,” said Mayor Basran. “We need to prepare our City to be future ready to the best of our abilities. The best way to do that is to keep the community engaged so it can guide us in shaping the future.”