2030 Infrastructure Plan
Balancing investment in infrastructure for today and tomorrow.
The long-term Infrastructure Plan outlines the City's infrastructure needs from now to 2030. The 2030 Infrastructure Plan is used to develop the 10-year Capital Plan which is updated annually to remain accurate and reflect emerging issues along with the community’s changing priorities. In turn, the 10-Year Capital Plan is used to support infrastructure investment decisions in the annual budget presented to Council for endorsement each year in December.
10-Year Capital Plan
On July 16, 2018, Council endorsed the 10-Year Capital Plan that forecasts the City’s infrastructure needs from 2018 – 2027. Kelowna's population is expected to grow by 20,000 over this timeframe and this plan details the infrastructure necessary to accommodate growth, improve services and renew existing infrastructure assets.
The 10-Year Capital Plan is guided by Council's direction set in the 2030 Infrastructure Plan, however it is updated regularly to be responsive and practical to our changing needs. Since being endorsed by Council in 2016, changes needed to be made to the 2030 Infrastructure Plan. The purpose of the 10-Year Capital Plan is to reflect these changes and strikes an affordable balance of infrastructure projects that maintain services, preserve existing assets and provides opportunity for growth and economic development of our city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Budget & Taxes, watch a short animated video about the City of Kelowna’s budget process.