Highlights of December 10 Council meeting
Looking ahead over the next 20 years — when 50,000 more people are expected to live in Kelowna — Council endorsed a growth scenario to guide where new homes will be built and how people will get around. The scenario sees Kelowna in 2040 with about 20 per cent of housing being located in suburban areas and 80 per cent distributed throughout the city’s core area and urban centres. It will be used to help develop the 2040 Official Community Plan (Kelowna as We Grow), Transportation Master Plan (Kelowna as We Move) and the 20 Year Servicing Plan.
YLW Soaring Beyond 2.5 Million Passengers capital program
YLW’s airport improvement fee will increase to $20 on April 1, 2019 to help fund $183 million in capital infrastructure over the next 10 years. Council approved the fee increase and heard that the Soaring Beyond 2.5 Million Passenger AIF Capital Program includes a terminal expansion with a larger departures lounge, relocation and expansion of the domestic arrivals area, expanded security screening and more food and beverage services. In addition, Soaring Beyond 2.5M includes rehabilitation of the airside pavement including the runway, the addition of two passenger loading bridges, additional firefighting and snow clearing equipment, and self-serve baggage drop.
2019 Financial Plan
Council heard details of the Provisional 2019 Financial Plan, ahead of budget deliberations on Thursday, Dec. 13. Read the 2019 Financial Plan or visit kelowna.ca/budget for more information about the budget and its process. Tune-in to Council deliberations on Dec. 13 at starting at 9 am via the Castanet Council link.
Rutland infill development
Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning amendments for multi-family housing at 1354 Rutland Road North, and forwarded the project to a Jan. 15, 2019 public hearing. The proposal is for 19 row houses, in four separate buildings, with one central driveway. The existing house on the property will be demolished.
Pandosy area apartments
Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning amendments for multi-family housing at 2627 & 2643 Gore Street, and forwarded the project to a Jan. 15, 2019 public hearing. The proposal is for a four-storey, 19-unit apartment building. The two existing homes on the property will be demolished.
Cannabis licensing fees
Council approved licence fee schedule for prospective cannabis retailers, meant to address community impacts arising from the development of a cannabis retail sales process, the review of each application, its licensing approvals, and to help offset projected community enforcement impacts of consumption.
An annual business licence will cost $9,465, with an $8,000 annual renewal fee, in addition to the rezoning application fee of $9,450.
Free Christmas tree chipping at Glenmore Landfill
Residents will be able to drop off up to three Christmas trees per vehicle at no charge, between Dec. 27, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019. As well as the landfill, Christmas trees can be dropped at the Ben Lee Park parking lot off of Houghton Rd. and the Cook Road Boat Launch.
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