Highlights of March 5 Council meeting

March 5, 2019
Council highlights

Civic & Community Awards finalists announced

Council heard who the 2018 finalists are for the 44nd Annual Civic & Community Awards night. The Civic & Community Awards gala, to formally announce the award recipients for each category, will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets are $28 and available for purchase by calling 250-862-2867 or through KelownaTickets.com.

Rutland multi-family

Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning amendments for multi-family housing for three lots on Nickel Road and forwarded the project to an upcoming public hearing. The project will likely include four, two-storey row housing buildings for a total of 16 units. The existing on homes on 240, 250, and 260 Nickel Rd will be demolished as part of the development.

Future growth

Council revisited a decision from Dec. 10, 2018 and endorsed a growth scenario to guide where new homes and infrastructure will be built. Looking ahead over the next 20 years — when 50,000 more people are expected to live in Kelowna — the scenario sees Kelowna in 2040 with about 30 per cent of housing being located in suburban areas and 70 per cent distributed throughout the city’s core area and urban centres. It will be used to help develop the 2040 Official Community Plan (Kelowna as We Grow), Transportation Master Plan (Kelowna as We Move) and the 20 Year Servicing Plan.

Short-term rentals

Council agreed to a new Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw for short-term rental accommodations, and forwarded the proposal to the March 12 public hearing. Should the proposed zoning bylaw amendments and business licence bylaw regulations be adopted, those looking to operate a short-term rental would need to obtain a business license prior to operating. More information can be found here.