Highlights of February 5 Council meeting

February 6, 2018
Council highlights

YLW growth

Kelowna International Airport broke passenger records for the second year in a row in 2017, as close to 1.9 million people passed through its doors. With growth comes both opportunities and challenges, Council heard, as staff presented the Kelowna International Airport’s 2045 Master Plan and the Soaring Beyond 2.5 Million Passenger capital development program. Among the improvement5s, the phased plan will eventually add more concession space, three new baggage claim areas, and a separate walkway for international arrivals.

South Pandosy neighborhood multi family

A proposal for a stacked townhome project at 2630 Bath Street was considered by Council. Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning and forwarded the project to an upcoming public hearing. The project features three single-storey condominium style homes stacked atop each other, including a three-bedroom ground floor unit and second and third floors each with three-bedrooms.

Temporary housing for farm workers

The owner of a large cherry farm at 4085 Shanks Road asked Council for a site specific text amendment to allow 140 beds for temporary farm worker housing. The housing will be in two groups of trailers with 70 beds each plus common space with kitchen and laundry facilities. In 2017, Council adopted new regulations for temporary farm worker housing following consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, the farming industry, and the public. Council gave first reading to the proposed text amendment and forwarded to an upcoming public hearing.

Big plans for little church

St. Aidan’s Anglican Church at the corner of 365 Rutland Road N. is getting a much-needed makeover. Built in 1933, the tiny church was deconsecrated in 1990 and has sat empty ever since. Council approved the Okanagan Buddhist Cultural Society’s proposal to construct a 2,000-square-foot addition and conserve the existing church building consistent with the Parks Canada’s Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

Official Community Plan update

What will one of the fastest growing cities in Canada look like decades from now? To start, Census data projects approximately 50,000 new residents by 2040. Kelowna Council heard plans to launch the 2040 Official Community Plan update (Our Kelowna As We Grow), including the project scope, timeline and public engagement approach.

Smart Cities Challenge

Kelowna will compete against other Canadian cities on how best to improve the community through innovation, data and connected technology. Council agreed to apply to the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge and will hire a consultant to run design labs (workshops) with community stakeholder’s involvement. Three broad topic areas include:

  • Development of an inclusive community - addressing homelessness
  • Resiliency in the face of climate change - water
  • Healthy neighbourhoods for all - managing growth & development

Cultural and Professional grants

Council approved the 2018 Professional Operating Grants, providing $124,000 to the Okanagan Symphony Society, Kelowna Ballet Society and Okanagan Artists Alternative Association (operating as Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art). In addition, Council received the list of 2018 recipients for cultural General Operating and Project Grants. Grants totaling $163,265 will go to local non-profit organizations providing arts, culture and heritage programs, services and events. See the list of recipients here.