Highlights of May 9 Council meeting

May 10, 2022

Ponds development

An application for a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment for the next phase of development at The Ponds subdivision at 1450 Steele Road was considered by Council. The property is currently vacant. The proposal includes extending Steele Road, plus parkland dedication to protect a wetland area (Crawford Slough) and a trail connection between Mair Pond and Hill Spring Park. Council gave first reading and forwarded the proposal to the May 31 public hearing.

Downtown tower

Council considered a rezoning application to allow for a large multi-family building at 1405 St Paul St, at the corner of St Paul and Doyle Ave. The existing commercial building will be demolished, and the proposal is for a multi-storey tower atop a parkade with ground floor commercial. Final adoption is contingent on Council’s consideration of a Development Permit and Development Variance Permit at a later date.

Golf course water rates

Council OK’d a new water rate structure for golf courses in Southeast Kelowna using non-potable water for irrigation. The goal of the revised water structure is to ensure fairness and equity amongst City water customers. Staff looked at other water providers in the Okanagan valley to compare what they charge golf courses for irrigation water to ensure that Kelowna is fair and competitive.

Journey Home mid-term report

The Central Okanagan Journey Home Society updated Council with a mid-term strategy report including an implementation progress update. The report shows that significant progress has been made towards the Society’s goal of a functional end to homelessness, but that much work remains to be done. The report focuses on factors impacting change, milestone achievements and key future priorities.