Highlights of November 8 Council meeting
Community Safety Plan update
Council heard an update on the development of the Community Safety Plan. Through public engagement and review of existing data, several community safety themes emerged. These include: Crime Prevention, Intervention & Sense of Safety; Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence; Housing & Homelessness; Mental Health & Problematic Substance Use (including alcohol); and Racism & Discrimination. As part of next steps, the Project Team and Steering Committee will determine the governance structure required to implement the plan. The final plan will be presented to Council for approval in early 2022.
Council agreed to increase fees at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery by five per cent per year for the next three years. The pricing structure follows the recommendations in the 2015 KMPC Masterplan, endorsed by City Council.
Staff updated Council on a feasibility study for the 6,000-sq. ft. space known as the Creative Hub, planned to be part of a new development on the former RCMP site. Included in the new 13-storey building at 350 Doyle Ave, the Creative Hub would be used by a variety of arts and culture groups. Council agreed to proceed to phase two of the feasibility study, which includes more detailed design and mapping out the operating model.
Water rates approved
Council approved new rates for the City’s water utility users, which includes increases for 2022 and 2023. The City’s rates remain competitive with other utilities in the Okanagan Valley and support a sustainable water utility balancing the operation of the treatment and supply of potable and non-potable water sources as well as capital renewal of these systems.