Civic Precinct Plan
The Civic Precinct Plan guides long-term redevelopment of key sites in Kelowna’s Civic Precinct Area, which is located between Clement Avenue to the north, Queensway Avenue to the south, Water Street to the west, and Ellis Street to the east, and helps determine public investment priorities for downtown.
From April 2015 to March 2016, a broad cross-section of the community participated through face-to-face meetings, community workshops, drop-in sessions and online tools to share their values and shape the final plan. The plan was endorsed by Council in March 2016.
The plan guides the growth of the Civic Precinct Area as a destination to live, work, shop, learn and play. It identifies key sites for future mixed-use development (e.g. old RCMP site on Doyle Avenue, Interior Health site on Ellis Street) and protects sites (e.g. Kelowna Community Theatre, City Hall Parking Lot, Memorial Arena) for future civic uses to support a dynamic Cultural District.
Specifically, the plan establishes the City’s goals for the redevelopment of sites (such as the old RCMP site) by defining future land uses, design guidelines, public space enhancements and partnership opportunities that will position the area to become a vibrant mixed-use district over the next 25 years.
The next steps of the plan are to redevelop the old RCMP site located at 350 Doyle Avenue and extend the Artwalk as a signature public space in the area.
A 0.87 acre portion of 350 Doyle Avenue is identified in the Civic Precinct Plan for future residential development (maximum 13 storeys) in order to achieve the following objectives established in the plan:
- Housing options for people living in the Cultural District
- Extension of the Artwalk through to Doyle Avenue
- Provision of community space
As part of a $7 million lease agreement, RISE Commercial Developments has been selected to lease a portion of the property located at 350 Doyle Avenue for a 13-storey mixed-use development.
The development project includes a $4.3 million investment in public space, contributing to key elements of the Civic Precinct Plan. In addition to providing more housing options downtown, the project also includes:
- Connecting the Artwalk connection to Doyle Avenue
- Developing a new civic plaza
- Providing a 6,000-square-foot community space
|Tenure term||99 years|
|List price||$7 million|
|Site size||0.87 acres|
|Future land use||C7 Zoning|
After subdividing the 0.87 acre parcel and constructing the Artwalk extension, an 1.5 acre site will remain, upon which the current Kelowna Community Theatre sits. Staff have thoroughly examined future land requirements for redevelopment of the Kelowna Community Theatre and have confirmed that the remaining property is sufficient to meet future theatre needs, including a potential expansion to 1,200 seats.
Staff anticipate the following timeline for the redevelopment of the 0.87 acre property:
- Summer/Fall 2020: Completion of property transfer via long term land lease
- 2021: Commencement of development application process
- 2022/2023: Completion of development and Artwalk extension