Agriculture is historically significant in Kelowna, shaping both its development pattern and economy. Agricultural land plays an essential role in improving our residents’ quality of life, offers an aesthetically diverse landscape, is an essential part of our green infrastructure (retaining rainwater, preventing flooding and recharging aquifers), and ensures food security. An agriculture plan focuses on a community's farm area to discover practical solutions to challenges, identify opportunities to strengthen farming and ultimately contribute to agriculture and the community's long-term sustainability.
Our Agriculture Plan provides clear direction for the 55 per cent of the land base zoned for agriculture in Kelowna (almost 12,000 hectares, 8,600 of which is in the Agriculture Land Reserve). Overall, the Agriculture Plan provides clear policies that serve to protect and promote agriculture while preserving the character of the City, and to meet the vision of:
Kelowna is a resilient, diverse, and innovative agricultural community that celebrates farming and values farmland and food producers as integral to our healthy food system, economy and culture.
Two companion documents support the Plan:
This project was made possible with funding from: