Highlights of December 11 Council meeting
Kelowna Fire Department strategic plan
Council heard a report discussing the Kelowna Fire Department’s (KFD) 2016-30 Strategic Plan and a look at the need for, timing of, and location of additional fire stations, additional response vehicles, call demand growth, and strategies to respond to growth and manage risk. Kelowna has some of the highest call volumes in Canada per capita, reaching just over 11,400 in 2016, with medical calls making up the bulk of responses (65%).
Supportive housing on Commerce Way
Council deferred considering a development permit on a proposed 55-unit supportive housing project at 1642 Commerce Avenue, after BC Housing advised they would like to make the design of the housing units more aesthetically pleasing. The proposed redesigned project will be brought forward for consideration in the New Year. BC Housing’s goal is to provide rapid, safe and affordable housing, together with the necessary support services, to individuals who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness and will be funded by BC Housing’s Rapid Response to Homelessness (RRH) Program.
Multi-family housing on Valley Road
Council gave first reading to an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment and rezoning application for a 2.43-acre property along Valley Road and forwarded the project to an upcoming public hearing for further consideration in the new year. With the requested land use change, the developer wants to build 52 three-bedroom townhouses on the property.
2018 Financial Plan
Council received a presentation on the 2018 Financial Plan, outlining the proposed 3.59 per cent taxation increase Council will review on Thursday, Dec. 14 during an all-day public meeting. The taxation is necessary to meet previous years’ commitments and to provide for our growing population. Previous years’ budgets include commitments that impact the 2018 Financial Plan, such as employment contracts and the Police Services building project. This year’s budget also reflects investments in multi-use corridors to improve and extend balanced, active transportation networks.