Council to receive City’s 2021 Action Plan

January 7, 2021

City Council will receive the City’s 2021 Action Plan for information at the January 11 City Council meeting.

As part of the City’s commitment to strategic planning and clear direction, Action Plan 2021 outlines over 120 projects and significant actions across all City divisions to deliver results aligned to the 2019-2022 Council Priorities.

“The annual Action Plan is one of the ways we demonstrate transparency to the community and hold ourselves accountable to the results Council has set out for their term and to the community’s Imagine Kelowna vision,” said Doug Gilchrist, Kelowna City Manager. “While the unforeseen events of 2020 caused disruptions, the work included in Action Plan 2021 will continue to move us forward, maintaining our essential services and supporting our economic recovery.”

In 2021, projects that support Council’s priorities of community safety and social issues, vibrant neighbourhoods and transportation receive some emphasis, while also ensuring a balance of effort to each of the six Council priorities to include environmental protection and economic resiliency. Projects include:

  • the development of an affordable housing land acquisition strategy and collaborating with partners to develop plans for housing people with complex needs;
  • work on several active transportation corridors (ATC) including Casorso Rd and Houghton Rd ATCs and connecting the Okanagan Rail Trail to the Waterfront Park Pathway;
  • taking steps to advance the replacement of the Parkinson Recreation Centre, replacing the artificial turf and adding softball diamonds at Mission Recreation Park, and
  • the implementation of climate action initiatives including a Community Energy Retrofit Strategy and a Community Electric Vehicle Strategy.

Action Plan 2021 was developed collaboratively by the City’s 10 divisions and captures operational and infrastructure improvement initiatives to provide a clear path forward. The organization as a whole is responsible for acting on and delivering these items. That being said, Action Plan 2021 is not an exhaustive list of all the essential work performed by the organization to serve residents. 

“The action plan is not meant to encompass everything we do as an organization,” said Gilchrist. “The base-business work that staff conduct each and every day in the various City departments ensures we deliver essential services and provide the amenities and programs that make Kelowna a great place to live, work and invest.”

Effective in 2020, City Council will receive a report every spring measuring our progress on advancing the Council priorities 2019-2022 results. The next report is planned for March. The 2019 report is available on the City’s Open Data page.

For more information and to read the Action Plan 2021, visit kelowna.ca/actionplan.