Highlights of April 25 Council meeting

April 28, 2022

Waterscapes development

A rezoning application to allow for the final phase of the Waterscapes development at 1070 – 1130 Ellis Street was considered by Council. The proposal is for high-density residential in the form of towers atop a parkade podium. Final adoption is contingent on Council’s consideration of a Development Permit and Development Variance Permit at a later date.

2022 Financial Plan

Council approved the final 2022 Financial Plan, establishing an overall tax demand increase of 3.94 per cent. A 3.94 per cent increase translates to an additional $86.47 per year, or $7.20 a month, for the City portion on an average residential property tax bill. City taxes are only one portion of a property tax bill, which also includes other levies the City collects on behalf of the Province, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, Okanagan Library, and BC Assessment Authority.  

Anti-idling

Council considered options for reducing and regulating vehicle idling in the city, as one way to achieve Council objectives including reducing GHG emissions, improve air quality, and aligning with the goals of Imagine Kelowna. Staff recommended a one-minute idling control bylaw, along with a comprehensive education program and a largely educational enforcement strategy. Staff will return to Council with a draft bylaw on June 27, 2022.

Meet Me On Bernard program

Council OK’d this year’s Meet Me on Bernard program, including the patio extension program, which will run from July 1 to September 5. The program involves closing the 200-500 blocks of Bernard Ave to vehicle traffic and transforming the street into a public plaza

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