Last call for comments: draft 2040 Official Community Plan engagement closes March 31

March 24, 2021

The City shared the draft 2040 Official Community Plan (OCP) and invited public feedback earlier this year. With one week  remaining, hundreds of residents and stakeholders have participated in this final phase of engagement so far.

“Based on what we’ve heard through our conversations with residents, it’s clear that people care deeply about the future of our city,” says Robert Miles, OCP Project Manager. “We’ve been asked to take bold action as we face some of the most challenging issues of our time, like climate change and growing inequity.”

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the last phase of engagement has taken place primarily online. The public can provide comments by completing a survey or joining the online discussion forums. For those unable to participate online, an in-person display is now available at City Hall. The survey, forum, and display will be available until March 31.

“We know that growing responsibly means growing sustainably, and that this matters more than ever,” said Miles. “We know residents expect housing options that are accessible and affordable. We also know that people want vibrant, exciting public spaces that enhance the way we experience the city day-to-day and make it easier to get from place to place. This will require big ideas and actions in the years to come – and this is why public feedback matters. A plan – and a community – is made stronger when it’s shaped by diverse experiences and perspectives.”

The draft 2040 OCP has been shaped by a widespread, multi-year engagement process, which started with the development of our community vision, Imagine Kelowna. Every 10 years, the OCP is updated to reflect the goals laid out in the community vision and includes revised land uses, mapping and policies that show where development, and corresponding infrastructure and amenities, will be supported over the next 20 years.

The OCP is being developed alongside the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and 20-year Servicing Plan. Together, the plans guide how our city will grow.

Once public feedback has been reviewed, the draft OCP will be further revised. The final plan is expected to be completed and presented to Council for endorsement later this year.

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