A healthy housing supply is fundamental to the economic and social well-being of a community. The OCP identifies housing as one of the ten goals for creating a sustainable future:
2. Address Housing Needs of All Residents. Address housing needs of all residents by working towards an adequate supply of a variety of housing.
Determining future housing needs, providing supporting infrastructure, and appropriately directing development are key municipal responsibilities. Defining appropriate densities for various neighbourhoods and then prescribing housing forms accordingly are very key areas where we influence the housing supply. Policies in the OCP and the Healthy Housing Strategy guide housing development in Kelowna.
We report on key housing data annually. The Annual Housing Report includes statistics about Kelowna's new housing starts, ownership and rental housing markets, non-market housing, and housing affordability. This is used to inform other actions and plans related to housing and growth.
Several incentives are available for developments that align with the City's housing priorities, including purpose-built rental housing.