How Does the Kelowna 2040 Official Community Plan Affect You?
I visited the Rutland Boys and Girl Club this past weekend for the city of Kelowna’s plans for the next 20 years. The one thing everyone there agreed on was that we can expect another 50,000 more residents by the year 2040 including 9,000 more residents living in the downtown core. Let that sink in for a moment or two.
Over the past 20 years when Kelowna experienced growth the city opened up areas in Wilden, The Ponds and Black Mountain that we now refer to as the suburbs. They aren’t going to do that moving forward. As a community we’re restricted by the Agricultural Land Reserve, Okanagan Lake, existing parkland and mountains. This means the solutions we’re left with include building up or building closer together. Four-plexes on what used to be single family lots and more apartment towers, lots of them.
I didn’t realize that right now Kelowna residents own more cars per capita than any other city in Canada. I’m not sure if we’re expected to trade them in for bicycles or scooters but we’re on a collision course with something as the good old days of driving downtown, putting a few quarters into a meter and spending a few hours enjoying ourselves seem to be coming to an end. Perhaps in twenty years car ownership will be a thing of the past as the sharing economy shifts or way of doing things and the new normal will be ride sharing or a functioning public transportation system.
The good news is that we live in a city where thousands are expected to move to over the next two decades and we’re working on anticipating the issues now. The opposite could be true where tens of thousands could be planning on leaving and city residents could be debating which libraries or recreation centers we should close. The current situation is preferred.
The next 2 expos for the Kelowna OCP 2040 information
• Wed, Sept. 25, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Capital News Centre, 4105 Gordon Drive
• Sat, Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Orchard Park Shopping Centre, 2271 Harvey Avenue
Regardless of your opinion on growth, zoning bylaws, parking spaces, congestion or ride sharing I think we can all agree that we live in a blue chip community and many people from other parts of Canada want a part of what we already have.
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