Highlights of February 22 Council meeting
Kelowna RCMP Superintendent Kara Triance updated Council on 2020 public safety and crime trends. Supt. Triance spoke about the focus on property crimes through proactive policing, public campaigns and targeting known offenders. These efforts, together with pandemic-related factors, resulted in a 16 per cent decrease overall in property offenses from 2019. Auto theft, theft from auto, bike theft, and break and enters all dropped more than 20 per cent compared to 2019.
Glenmore Drive rental housing
Council considered a rezoning request and Official Community Plan Amendment for a 3 ½ -storey, 50-unit rental apartment building on three lots at the corner of Highland Dr. North and Glenmore Drive. Three single-family homes currently on the three lots will be demolished as part of the proposal. Council gave first reading and forwarded the proposal to the March 16 public hearing.
2020 development statistics
Council heard an update on building and development statistics from 2020, which showed an expected drop in applications due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic; natural real estate market cycle trend; and, increased Development Cost Charges.
Green fleet strategy
As part of a report updating Council on initiatives to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from City vehicles, Council agreed to the West Coast Electric Fleets pledge, to “convert 10% of the City of Kelowna’s light duty vehicle fleet to Zero Emissions Vehicles by 2023”. Staff are completing a new Green Fleet Strategy and will report back to Council with the new strategy later in 2021.
Provincial COVID-19 supplement funding
Following a motion by Coun. Loyal Wooldridge, Council agreed to ask the provincial government to make permanent the $300 monthly temporary COVID-19 supplemental increase given to individuals receiving social assistance.