Highlights of January 14 Council meeting

January 15, 2019
Council highlights

Citizen survey

Council heard the results of the 2018 Citizen Survey, a random telephone survey of 300 Kelowna residents conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in November 2018. Overall, citizens remain satisfied with the services they receive from the City and believe they receive good value for their tax dollars. The majority of citizens support a continued focus on addressing homelessness, improving traffic flow, crime and safety, and encouraging a variety of housing options. Read the full survey results here.

Rental housing grants

Six rental housing projects will receive housing grants totaling $320,000, following Council’s approval. The 395 units are in six separate projects, four of which will provide affordable rental units (subsidized). The grants are applied against the Development Cost Charges for each project and for the developers to be eligible, they must sign a housing agreement to secure the rental dwellings for a minimum of 10 years. The rental housing grants help offset the cost of developing rental housing.

Transit improvements

Council endorsed the Transit Future Action Plan, following an update from staff on short, medium and long-term service priorities throughout the region over the next five years. New service options are proposed for September 2019 to address challenges and growing ridership. The proposed options include Route 8 University/Okanagan College expansion, local transit service for Academy Way and rerouting of Route 4 UBCO/Pandosy into Rutland and optimization of routes 13 Quail Ridge and 15 Crawford. Public engagement is anticipated in Spring 2019.

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