Highlights of January 24 Council meeting

January 25, 2022

Interior Health presentation

Interior Health presented to Council an overview of the Mental Health Act and what health care initiatives are ongoing around substance abuse, homelessness, and involuntary admissions. Between 2018/19 and 2020/21, the number of mental health and substance use admissions to Kelowna General Hospital has been stable, but the percentage of clients who are involuntary admissions has increased in each of the past three years.

McClure Road subdivision

Council heard a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment at 4628 McClure Road, to allow for the one large lot to be subdivided into four smaller lots. The existing home will be demolished. As part of the proposal, the owner is required to dedicate land along Bellevue Creek which will be used for a pathway and a no-disturb riparian area, plus a pedestrian access connecting the pathway to McClure Road. Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning and OCP amendment and forwarded the project to the February 8 public hearing.

Transportation Master Plan

After four years of planning, public engagement, and coordination with other plans, the Transportation Master Plan was officially adopted by Council. The long-term, city-wide plan for transportation improvements will help keep Kelowna moving, now and into the future. It recognizes that Kelowna is growing, our climate is changing, and our economy and transportation needs are evolving. The 2040 TMP includes more than 100 recommended actions across six categories — it will help maintain and renew existing infrastructure, create fast and reliable transit, improve road connections, develop comfortable bicycle routes, create walkable neighbourhoods, and invest in education and emerging technologies that will help people use and enjoy new ways of getting around.

Sewer connection program

Council approved a new program to allow for more than 1,700 lots on septic systems to connect to public sewer service, improving water quality in Okanagan Lake and its tributaries and providing a safe and reliable sanitary service to all Kelowna residents. Many of these septic systems are more than 40 years old. The new program establishes rates and charges for connection to the City’s public sewer system.