Local area plans
We have numerous policies that focus attention on urban centres. The Official Community Plan (OCP) describes urban centres as vibrant, pedestrian friendly areas with access to amenities and a mix of land uses within close proximity. The OCP identifies five urban centres that are expected to accommodate roughly 40 per cent of the City’s future growth. Encouraging development in the five urban centres aligns with the City's efforts to contain urban growth and encourage sustainable development.
The Roadmap builds consensus on the key ingredients of successful urban centres that will be prioritized through future urban centre planning, development review and capital planning processes. The Urban Centres Roadmap report was adopted by Council in July 2016 and will be used as a guide by staff, Council and the community in the preparation of urban centre plans in the coming years.
Each of the City’s urban centre plans will be guided by the following Urban Centre Roadmap 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
North End Neighbourhood Plan
The North End is one of the most dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods in Kelowna, and it is changing rapidly. Set between Knox Mountain Park to the north and Clement Avenue on the south, the North End neighbourhood contains a range of distinct areas, from wartime residential housing, to long-established industrial businesses, and a young and growing Brewery District. With significant development on the horizon for this area, the City has prioritized a neighbourhood planning process for the North End.
In Phase 1 of the planning process, City Staff collected background and context information to inform the process moving forward. This included an in-depth investigation of the neighbourhood and its history, as well as additional preliminary considerations deemed important.
Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan
The Capri-Landmark neighbourhood, located between Gordon Drive and Spall Road, and Highway 97 and Springfield Road, is one of Kelowna’s major employment hubs and 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.
Hospital Area Plan
Kelowna General Hospital has undergone significant expansion over the past few years, presenting various challenges that affect livability in the neighbourhood. We worked closely with the Interior Health Authority on a Hospital Area Plan to guide future redevelopment and address parking and transportation needs.
Linear Park Master Plan
The Linear Park Master Plan is an overall guide for the linear park development within the city. This essential reference document also helped to inform the Kelowna 2030 Official Community Plan, and the City has been working diligently to implement the recommendations identified in the Linear Park Master Plan.
Thomson Flats Area Structure Plan
Melcor Developments Ltd. is in the process of creating an Area Structure Plan for an area known as Thomson Flats. In the Official Community Plan, the lands are currently designated as “Future Urban Reserve” and fall within the City’s permanent growth boundary.
Clifton Road North Area Structure Plan
The North Clifton Area Structure Plan was published in 2014 and details the opportunities and constraints of the area, community design, land uses, parks and open spaces, services and staging of development to take place within the project area. This plan addresses how these undeveloped hillside lands can be developed into a healthy, vibrant lakefront residential neighbourhood that will compliment surrounding neighbourhoods.