Strategy underway to make West Kelowna more competitive

A report, which will include recommendations to make West Kelowna more competitive with competing jurisdictions in the region, is set to be released this September.

On Tuesday, Aaron Dinwoodie, who was representing R.J. Fearnley and Associates, told West Kelowna council that his firm’s project is already underway.

“The interview process with the stakeholders and the community is being done and a report will come forward in September,” said Dinwoodie, a former Central Okanagan  regional director for the Westside and a West Kelowna mayoral candidate.

“This report will cover areas with regards to win-win, positive recommendations put together to try and achieve the most competitive situation that supports the development plans that I believe the council is trying to put into place.”

According to Dinwoodie, the recommendations will be positive and refreshing ideas on how to accomplish some of the council’s goals.

“I think it would be fair to say that when you start up a new municipality it is a very challenging process, it requires a lot of planning and a lot of staff capacity with regards to executing those plans and setting up the groundwork for the future community,” said Dinwoodie.

“We’ll try to cover the challenges and benefits of growth.

“We’ll bring forward a report that quantifies the stakeholders and how many jobs they provide in the community, the quality of the jobs, how they’re directly linked to the processes that interact with local government and how that links up with future plans to achieve what (council is) trying to achieve.”

The report will also give insight on how to achieve growth in areas that need it.

“That growth, if planned properly and directed in the proper areas, can help actually mitigate costs to the overall community and make choices and decisions on infrastructure more affordable.”

R.J. Fearnley and Associates was hired by a group of stakeholders in the District of West Kelowna who are involved in the development industry.

The stakeholders include professional services, construction professionals, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and suppliers.



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