Civic Precinct Plan
About the Civic Precinct Plan
The Civic Precinct Plan will guide long-term redevelopment of key sites in the Civic Precinct area and determines public investment priorities for downtown. The Plan was endorsed by Council in March 2016.
The Plan will help this area of Downtown continue to grow into a destination to live, work, shop, learn and play. It identifies key sites for future mixed-use development (e.g. old RMCP site on Doyle Avenue, Interior Health site on Ellis Street) and protects sites (e.g. Kelowna Community Theatre, City Hall Parking Lot, Memorial) for future civic uses to support a dynamic Cultural District.
The Plan establishes the City’s goals for the redevelopment of sites such as the old RCMP site on Doyle Avenue by defining future land uses, design guidelines, public space enhancements and partnership opportunities that will position the study area to become a vibrant mixed-use district over the next 25 years.
Community engagement process
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 next step for implementation of the Plan will be the redevelopment of the old RMCP site on Doyle Avenue and the extension of the Art Walk as a signature public space in the area.
The Civic Precinct Plan establishes a vision for future land use in the Cultural District and provides site specific guidelines for future development.
A 0.87 acre portion of 350 Doyle Avenue is identified in the Civic Precinct Plan for future residential development (maximum 13 stories) in order to achieve objectives established in the plan:
- People living in the Cultural District
- Extension of the Art Walk through to Doyle Avenue
- Provision of community space
To achieve the Civic Precinct Plan objectives, staff have begun the process of seeking redevelopment of the property through a long term land lease. The marketing of the property is occurring consistent with City standard practice through the City’s commercial realtor.
Upon completion of the marketing period (end of September 2019), staff will evaluate bids for development of the property. A successful bid will deliver the following:
- Construction of the Art Walk connection to Doyle Avenue
- Provision of a 6,000 square foot community space
- Residential development (minimum 10 stories)
- LEED Certification
- Animation (commercial or residential) of active frontages
|Tenure term||80 years|
|List price||$6.5 million|
|Site size||0.87 acres|
|Future land use||C7 Zoning|
Upon subdivision of the 0.87 acre parcel and construction of the Art Walk extension, an approximately 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 can confirm that the remaining property (on which the current theatre sits) is sufficient to meet future theatre needs, including potential expansion to 1,200 seats.
Staff anticipate the following timeline for the redevelopment of the 0.87 acre property.
- October 2019 : Review of development proposals and selection of successful bidder
- Spring 2020: Completion of property transfer via long term land lease
- 2020: Development application submitted
- 2021: Commencement of construction of development
- 2022: Completion of development and Art Walk extension