Highlights of December 11 Council meeting

December 12, 2017
Council highlights

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.