Transportation Master Plan
Our Kelowna as we move
Development of the 2040 Transportation Master Plan is underway. It 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 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of the plan responds to a pressing need, as the previous Transportation Master Plan was completed in 1995 and is now outdated.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.
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 OCP’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.
Vision and goals
Land use scenarios
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.
|Improve safety||Protect the environment||Enhance travel affordability|
|Foster a growing economy||Enhance urban centres||Improve health|
|Optimize travel times||Support livable communities||Promote inclusive transportation|
|Improve travel choices||Be innovative and flexible||Ensure value for public investment|
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 below.
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 likely won't achieve its goals.
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 toward achieving our shared vision for a more connected, responsible, smart and collaborative future, as outlined in Imagine Kelowna.