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Downtown plan endorsed

Kelowna city council endorsed a consultant’s report Monday that summarizes research and recommendations from the recent Downtown Plan charrette.

The report outlines a long-term vision for downtown, including urban design principles and major initiatives developed by participants at the charrette, held June 7 to 11.

The report will be used to guide preparation of a new Downtown Plan, to replace the existing 11-year-old plan.

“Every street is a pedestrian street,” “improve access to City Park,” “define the heart of downtown,” “maintain lower building heights on Bernard,” “enhance Harvey Avenue as a gateway experience.”

Those are some of the comments from charrette participants highlighted in the report, which is available for viewing at the project website www.kelowna.ca/mydowntown.

“In the charrette, we had thorough explorations of the main components that can make downtown Kelowna a more attractive place to spend time,” said Lance Berelowitz, principal of Urban Forum Associates and the city’s lead consultant. “The results from the charrette build on many of the positive attributes that already exist downtown.”

The report identifies three Big Moves developed through the charrette planning exercise:

• A broad greenway to be developed along the entire length of the north side of Harvey Avenue between Abbott and Richter.

• A pedestrian network of paths, including off-street paths connecting neighbourhoods to shopping streets, the cultural precinct and park promenades.

• Waterfront improvements, such as public boat moorage, developing a new commercial and public pier at the foot of Queensway and relocating existing commercial/rental boats to this pier.

 

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