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Kelowna council endorses new downtown plan
Kelowna city council has endorsed its new Downtown Plan.
The articulates the city's vision for how its downtown will evolve over the next 10 years.
A year in the making, the plan recommends 25 actions and contains 94 policies to help meet the goals of what the city considers a great downtown, one that attracts people, increases the sense of safety and attracts private sector investment.
The action plan component is based on a strategy that aims to work with community partners to build on existing strengths such as the central city location, lakefront, mountain views and the cultural district.
The plan focuses on creating more activity to attract people to downtown. The increased activity will enhance safety and ultimately spur private sector investment for residential, office and retail space.
In addition to the action plan component, new policies indicate the types of downtown initiatives and development that would be encouraged and supported, such as making the area more pedestrian friendly and attracting new office and residential buildings.
The city says it will undertake annual monitoring to assess progress towards achievement of the plan’s goals.
At Monday’s council meeting, staff and council members extended appreciation to the downtown community, residents and stakeholders who participated in the development of the plan over the last nine months.
The entire process – including a charrette, open houses, workshops, meetings, surveys and discussions with the community – helped work through issues and led to strong support for a plan to enhance downtown over the next decade, said city planning manager Signe Bagh.
For more about Kelonwa's new Downtown Plan, go to kelowna.ca/mydowntown.