Transportation Master Plan
The Draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan is now available.
Have a look at the Draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan. Take the questionnaire and tell us what you think.
Our Kelowna as we move
Kelowna’s Draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) sets the direction for a vibrant city where people and places are conveniently connected by diverse transportation options. The TMP is a long-term plan for transportation improvements that will help keep Kelowna moving, now and into the future.
The Draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan puts the Imagine Kelowna community vision into action. Imagine Kelowna is a vision for the community, created by the community, that envisions a Kelowna that is connected, smarter, responsible, and collaborative.
The Transportation Master Plan will help us all work together toward a smarter and more responsible approach to transportation. It recognizes that Kelowna is growing, our climate is changing, and our transportation needs are evolving.
The plan will help us reduce the growth of carbon emissions (that contribute to extreme heat, fires, and floods), accommodate more trips while reducing our car-dependence, and maintain and protect the Kelowna lifestyle we all value.
The plan has set targets for 2040 that we can all work together to achieve. These include doubling transit ridership, quadrupling the number of trips made by bicycle, and reducing the average distance each person drives by 20 per cent. These targets are ambitious, yet achievable with the actions proposed in the plan.
The Draft 2040 TMP includes over 100 recommended actions across six categories that broadly match the distribution of growth anticipated in the 2040 OCP. The Draft TMP recommendations will help:
- Maintain and renew existing infrastructure
- Achieve fast and reliable transit
- Improve road connections
- Develop safe and connected bicycle routes
- Create walkable neighbourhoods
- Invest in education, programs and emerging technologies
The plan has been developed through a five-phase, multi-year technical and community engagement process. Since launch in early 2018, fourteen presentations to Council, four major public and stakeholder engagements, and over 3,000 survey respondents have shaped the plan content and recommendations.
- Phase 1 began with developing a vision and goals that built on Imagine Kelowna and were refined with input from the Phase 1 Public Engagement. Staff also published four discussion papers in response to frequently heard questions from the public: Transportation and Land Use, The Congestion Paradox, How Transit can keep us Moving, and Transportation, Technology, and our Changing Future.
- Phase 2 tested how different growth scenarios would impact transportation. The public weighed in as part of Pick Your Path to 2040 and staff used the endorsed OCP Growth Scenario to develop the TMP Existing and Future Conditions Report. The public weighed in on transportation challenges and ideas for solutions using an interactive map during the Neighbourhood Expo Public Engagement.
- Phase 3 invited the public to weigh in on the size of the City’s transportation budget and how it should be allocated between now and 2040. Staff evaluated over 400 potential actions and developed the TMP Scenarios Report, which demonstrated what could be achieved at different funding levels. Council selected “Scenario 2”, which utilized the median budget submitted by the public during the Phase 3 Public Engagement.
- Phase 4 involved refinement of the TMP Scenario 2 project list and costs, development of an implementation and monitoring plan, and coordination with the 2040 OCP and 20-Year Servicing Plan.
- Phase 5 pulled all the pieces together into the Draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan.
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.
The Draft 2040 TMP will help Kelowna achieve the twelve TMP goals shown below. These goals were identified at the beginning of the planning process, with public input, and were used to evaluate and prioritize the plan recommendations.