Highlights of December 3 Council meeting
Kelowna Council received a report outlining proposed financial strategies to help address the $477M infrastructure funding need. Staff made the recommendation for Council’s consideration to introduce a 1.95 per cent infrastructure levy as part of the 2019 and 2020 budget cycles, in the form of a separate line-item on property tax notices. The levy would amount to approximately $40 in 2019 for the average single-detached home in Kelowna, and an additional $40 in 2020. Council will consider the levy on Dec. 13 during budget deliberations. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/infrastructureplanning.
Kelowna RCMP Supt. Brent Mundle presented his quarterly report (July-Sept.) to Kelowna Council on efforts around crime and crime prevention. Proactive policing initiatives this quarter focused on bicycle theft crime prevention, targeted drug criminal activity, auto-theft crime and traffic offences, particularly speed enforcement in school zones. Property crime this quarter showed a 20 per cent rise compared to the same period last year, namely due to bike thefts and thefts from auto. Read the full report here.
Agassiz Road public hearing
Council agreed to send a proposed supportive housing project to a public hearing at 6 pm on Thursday, Jan. 17 in council chambers. BC Housing has proposed to build a 52-unit supportive housing complex on Agassiz Road.
Richter Street multi-family housing
Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning amendments for multi-family housing at 2125 & 2137 Richter Street, between Cadder and Glenwood, and forwarded the project to a Jan. 15, 2019 public hearing. The proposal includes 10 units, with a shared upper courtyard and covered parking. The two existing homes on the property will be demolished.
City Park improvements
Council agreed to apply for $6.57 million in federal and provincial government grants for improvements to City Park. The City will contribute $2.43 million, for a total project budget of $9 million. The proposed work includes promenade restoration along Cold Sands waterfront, repairs to the seawall along Cold Sands Beach and shoreline restoration, creation of a new boardwalk along Cold Sands Beach and a new children’s playground, building a pedestrian loop trail and, in consultation with Westbank First Nations, a public art installation.
The City will spend about $29,000 to temporarily repair the roof on the historic Fleming House. The Fleming House was badly damaged by fire on July 2, 2018. Council agreed with a staff recommendation to complete the work and ensure the remaining structure is structurally sound and protected against weather damage, while staff consider the long-term future of the heritage property.
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