Capri Landmark urban centre
A growing neighbourhood
The Capri Landmark neighbourhood (the area between Gordon and Spall, and Highway 97 and Springfield) is one of Kelowna’s major employment hubs and is growing to be an attractive location for apartment living. On April 1, 2019, Council endorsed the Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan, which will guide redevelopment in the area over the next 20 years and beyond.
Urban Centre Plan
Capri-Landmark was prioritized as the City’s first area for a detailed urban centre plan for two key reasons: growing development pressure and infrastructure challenges resulting from a fragmented street network, discontinuous sidewalks and limited parks spaces in the Landmark District. The detailed strategy will guide redevelopment over the next 20 years and beyond, including the locations of parks and public spaces, development standards, and transportation solutions. The City of Kelowna would like to acknowledge the participation of local residents and landowners, community groups and general public who participated in helping develop the draft plan.
The image below summarizes some of the key recommendations on how the area could transform over the next 20 years or more.
The Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan is a big step toward creating a successful urban centre that delivers a high quality of life for current and future residents and employees in the area. Check out this video to see how the preferred concept plan, developed with community input and technical analysis, addresses future growth, how people will get around, and where future residents and workers will access parks and public space.
Each of the City’s urban centre plans, including the Capri-Landmark Plan, will be guided by the following UCR principles:
- Mix it up – Promote vitality through a mix of land uses.
- Places for people – Encourage building and street proportions that are inviting for people.
- Healthy housing mix – Ensure a diversity of housing types.
- Social spaces – Establish public spaces that promote social interaction.
- Placemaking – Promote local character and sense of place.
- Going green – Design for environmental resilience.
- People first transportation – Prioritize alternative transportation options and connections.
- Make it walkable – Create streets and blocks that are walkable and comfortable for all.
When the planning process began in 2017, residents, businesses, and workers in the Capri-Landmark area told us about what they love about the area, and what they think needs to be improved. One thing was clear: the opportunity for transformation in Capri-Landmark got people excited. By the end of the process, hundreds of residents provided their thoughts and ideas on ways to make the neighbourhood better as it grows.
The following themes emerged from these discussions and informed the plan:
- Encourage mixed-use residential development that balances jobs and residents in the area.
- Add high-density residential in key locations to support the vitality of the area.
- Ensure amenity with density and invest in green space as density increases.
- Improve walkability, invest in sidewalks, and break up larger blocks.
- Strengthen cycling connections to key destinations.
- Improve transportation connectivity and traffic flow.
- Maintain rental housing as the area densifies and revitalizes.
- Work to develop Mill Creek and Ritchie Brook as natural assets to reduce flooding risks.
- Strengthen the connection and access to Parkinson Recreation Park.
Great urban centres result from careful planning, strategic investment and thoughtful development. The Capri Landmark Plan is our first opportunity to apply principles and targets of the Urban Centres Roadmap to an urban centre in Kelowna. The Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan is a big step toward creating a successful urban centre that delivers a high quality of life for current and future residents and employees in the area.
The ambitious approach to parks, public space and transportation will require greater capital investment as well as implementing a strategy for funding future infrastructure in the area as growth takes place. With a strong plan in place, each re-development proposal can be leveraged as an opportunity to invest in the area in a way that moves the community closer to the plan's vision.
|Draft plan & transportation assessment||Final plan development|
|Feb. - March 2017||April - July 2017||Aug. - Oct. 2017||Nov. 2017 - May 2018||June 2018 - April 2019|
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