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Our Kelowna as We Move

The Transportation Master Plan is a long-range plan that will identify strategic, prioritized investments needed over the next 20 years to create a safe, cost-effective and sustainable transportation network. 

The planning process includes an assessment of the existing transportation system, including roadway, cycling, pedestrian and transit networks. It considers existing travel patterns and behaviour, future travel conditions, estimates for changing technologies and the Official Community Plan's future land use assumptions. The plan will also include an implementation approach and evaluation tools.

The long-term vision will be created through a combination of public engagement, research and analysis.

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Timeline

1. Vision and goals (2018)
2. Land use scenarios (2018-2019)
3. Transportation scenarios (2019-2020)
4. Implementation strategy (2020)
5. Plan development (2020-2021) 

The timing of the plan responds to a pressing need, as the previous transportation master plan was completed in 1995 and is now outdated. This timing also presents a strategic opportunity as it allows for coordination with both the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Central Okanagan's first Regional Transportation Plan. Transportation strategies and greenhouse gas considerations included in the Climate Action Plan update can also be included in the transportation plan.

Vision and goals
Vision

Kelowna will be a city with vibrant urban centres where people and places are conveniently connected by diverse transportation options that help us transition from our car-centric culture. 

Goals
Improve safetyProtect the environmentEnhance travel affordability
Foster a growing economyEnhance urban centresImprove health
Optimize travel timesSupport livable communitiesPromote inclusive transportation
Improve travel choicesBe innovative and flexibleEnsure value for public investment

 

Public engagement

Stay up-to-date on engagement opportunities by subscribing to 'Kelowna 2040' email updates.

Visit our dedicated Get Involved engagement project page for regular project updates, engagement reports and background information.

Facts in focus

Learn about key transportation topics that emerged through the first phase of engagement by reading through the Facts in Focus discussion papers and interactive summaries.

Transportation and land use (Official Community Plan update)

Kelowna’s traffic patterns largely result from daily travel decisions made by the City’s 130,000 citizens. Where people live, and how far they need to travel to get to work, school, or other services, is a key factor that influences how people choose to get around.

PDF report | Online summary

How transit can keep people moving

For Kelowna to grow without worsening gridlock, we need to find ways to move more people in the road space we have available. Public transit is part of the solution.

PDF report | Online summary

The congestion paradox

Through the Transportation Master Plan consultation some residents asked about the potential to make significant investments in new roadways to reduce congestion. While roadway investments will be part of any future balanced transportation plan for Kelowna, expanding roadways in an attempt to eliminate congestion has significant challenges and will likely not achieve its goals.

PDF report | Online summary

Transportation, technology and our changing future

New transportation options and services will emerge and link together to create a mobility ecosystem that offers seamless, multi-modal travel on demand. Some of these coming changes have the potential to increase auto travel and congestion, or if we are proactive, to accelerate our pace towards achieving our shared vision for a more connected, responsible, smart and collaborative future, as outlined in Imagine Kelowna. 

PDF report | Online summary

Transportation existing and future conditions
Technical report

An in-depth technical analysis of current and future conditions of transportation in Kelowna was conducted as part of the planning process. 

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