Building heights discussed again

The particulars of a broad stroke plan aimed at shaping Kelowna’s downtown brought a familiar conversation to Monday’s Kelowna city council meeting—can this city handle highrises?

According to a report that used the opinions of 41 charette participants, the answer is yes.

“Instead of maximum of 19, now policy would allow for 26 storeys on specific sites,” said Signe Bagh, the director of policy and planning at the City of Kelowna, explaining the results of the public planning meeting held earlier this month.

Bernard Avenue would allow for a height of four storeys, closer to the lake would be similar. Then, heights would rise to as high as 26 storeys moving back from the lake.

As has been the case in previous meetings, this finding was controversial among councillors.

Couns. Charlie Hodge, Michele Rule, Graeme James and Mayor Sharon Shepherd all expressed concerns, although it ultimately gained favour as an extremely rough draft which will come back to council for further revision.

“If I had my druthers it would be a bit different,” said Coun. Robert Hobson.

“In my view we have to accept higher buildings to get the type of density we need to develop our downtown.”



We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children
Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market
Magnotta jury to deliberate on weekend
Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions
Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013
Hospital project: Pamela Porter pleads guilty
B.C.-only wines to come to some grocery stores
Surrey RCMP officer to stand trial on multiple gun charges
CP Holiday Train Puts on a Great show in Agassiz

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.