Hospital Area Plan
Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) 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. Overall, the Hospital Area Plan is a combined land use, transportation and parking strategy, with the goal of creating a vibrant health district that supports hospital-related services while maintaining the integrity of established neighbourhoods.
- Phase 1 of the project looked at land use issues between KGH and the residential neighbourhoods on the west side of Pandosy Street. The outcome was a new health services transitional area.
- Phase 2 examined on-street parking in the hospital area. This phase also considered long-term land use and transportation needs to direct growth and redevelopment in the area east of KGH. Phase 2 was summarized in this Report to Council.
Individual parking area plans allow us to respond to specific parking-related concerns and align them with the city-wide parking management strategy.
Public input was gathered in 2016 about the on-street parking challenges and opportunities in the hospital area. Parking occupancy counts were also completed, and based on the data and public input, the following on-street parking recommendations were made to meet the changing needs of the area. Council endorsed the Hospital Area On-Street Parking Plan on Dec. 5, 2016.
- Introduce full-time pay parking on the south side of Royal Avenue along the hospital frontage
- Introduce pay parking on the Abbott Street and Rose Avenue hospital frontages, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
- Change the north side of Royal Avenue between Long and Pandosy Streets from Resident Permit Only Parking to a full-time, one-hour maximum parking zone
- Introduce overnight (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.) Resident Permit Only Parking for residential blocks closest to the hospital (Long, Glenwood, Christleton, Speer, Abbott, Rose & Atwood)
- Introduce full-time Resident Permit Only Parking on both sides of Long Street between Royal and Glenwood Avenues (if agreed to by adjacent residents)
- Expand existing two-hour maximum daily parking restrictions to include Richter Street between Glenwood and Elliot Avenues
- Enhance existing Resident Parking Program Council Policy to include criteria and provide a method to consider any future requests for implementation of Resident Permit Only Parking restrictions
- Add additional enforcement patrols in the evening and overnight periods