Highlights of November 14 Council meeting

November 15, 2022

Glenmore firehall

Council considered an application for a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment for a new firehall on Glenmore Road, located between Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park and the North Glenmore Dog Park. No timeframe was discussed for the new firehall except that the Glenmore Firehall at 550 Valley Road North would close when the Glenmore Rd location is built, and the property would then be restored to agricultural land. Council gave first reading and forwarded the proposal to the November 29 public hearing.

Rental housing approved

A rezoning request was considered by Council for a six-storey rental apartment building on property between Saucier Avenue and Highway 97. The proposed apartment housing project includes 171 units ranging from studio to three-bedroom suites. Six existing single-family homes will be consolidated and demolished as part of this rezoning, eliminating four driveway accesses off Highway 97.

Wastewater rate increase

Following a staff presentation on the wastewater system, Council agreed to a four per cent increase to the wastewater utility rate. The increase will cost residential homes an addition $0.91 per month to a total monthly fee of $23.62.

Free parking

For the 28th consecutive year, Council agreed to a request by the Downtown Kelowna Association to provide complimentary two-hour, on-street parking downtown each Saturday during the month of December. This tradition supports downtown businesses through the holiday shopping season.

Official 2022 election results

Council received the final results and ballot account from the October 15 general election. Some election stats:

  • 34,851 voters cast ballots in the election, representing 30.31% of the estimated 115,000 eligible voters
  • Among 10 similar sized B.C. municipalities, Kelowna’s voter turnout was above the average of 27.12%. The highest turnout was in Victoria, while the lowest was Burnaby
  • More than 380 positions were filled as election officials
  • 18 high school students acted as volunteer greeters at several locations on general voting day
  • New this year, voting by mail ballot was available to all eligible voters, and there were 1,995 requests for mail ballot packages and 1,060 mail ballots were accepted
  • Bylaw Services responded to 73 service requests for election sign compliance