Central Okanagan’s first region-wide transportation plan ready for endorsement
After more than two years of technical studies, public consultation and region-wide collaboration, the final Regional Transportation Plan and its supporting plans, including the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, are ready for endorsement.
The Regional Transportation Plan identifies the transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan. It will also help create a region where more people can choose sustainable transportation options.
Through November and December, the final plans will be presented for endorsement to members of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO). Residents can watch, listen or view the presentations to each of the STPCO partners, as available, on the following dates:
City of Kelowna, Nov. 16
City of West Kelowna, Nov. 17
Regional District of Central Okanagan, Nov. 23
Westbank First Nation, Nov. 30
District of Lake Country, Dec. 1
District of Peachland, Dec. 8
“The Regional Transportation Plan is the first of its kind for the Central Okanagan,” says Rafael Villareal, Integrated Transportation Department Manager with the City of Kelowna and Administrator of the STPCO. “This has been a long journey and learning process for residents, staff and our elected officials. We look forward to continued collaboration as we work together to improve our region’s connectivity.”
The interconnected projects, programs and policy recommendations will work together to connect people and places across the region and prepare for future population growth. They will also help people of all ages and abilities get around, reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, and help economic recovery post COVID-19.
Early consultation with stakeholders and residents both shaped the plan’s vision and goals as well as identified and refined potential transportation priorities and solutions. Public engagement in August of this year, following the release and presentations of the draft plans to STPCO partners, sought final comments to help refine the plans.
Today, the final plans reflect the interests and values heard from people across the region and set the direction for Central Okanagan governments to work together to move people and goods more efficiently, achieve fast and reliable transit, create a safe and convenient regional bicycling and trails network, and incorporate new mobility options.
Some of the plans’ key features include creating a fast and reliable transit spine along the Highway 97 corridor, adding 81 new kilometres of regional bicycling and trails facilities, and investing in transportation improvements to better connect people to regional destinations such as UBC Okanagan and the Kelowna International Airport.
The Regional Transportation Plan aligns with the strategic direction of Provincial plans, including Clean BC and BC Economic Framework. Moving forward, Central Okanagan governments can use the plan as a framework of priorities over the next 20 years so they can plan and seek funding together, as a unified region.
To learn more and view the final plans, please visit smartTRIPS.ca.