On Monday, Kelowna city council will review the outcome of the public engagement process it held for the future development of the Pandosy waterfront, an area formerly known as Cedar Park.
The process brought 30 community, business and resident volunteers together earlier this year to craft two site designs at an urban design charrette.
While the charrette was identified as the main focus for public input into the design of Pandosy waterfront, the overall engagement process also included several other opportunities to ensure broader public participation.
The charrette provided feedback from the participants through information sharing, dialogue and an idea exchange. The diverse perspectives represented ensured that proposed options were debated in-depth before they were finalized.
Both of the site designs produced during the charrette include all 11 city-owned lakeshore properties, plus two road ends in the South Pandosy neighbourhood. Charrette participants requested the flexibility to work on all the city-owned lakefront, rather than just the seven lots north of Cedar Avenue as initially outlined. This was supported by the charrette consultants and city staff.
The designs going before council on Monday show a significant shift since the last proposal in 2011, say city staff.
Through community feedback, all the city-owned lakefront properties were included in the design, more park space was added and all mixed-use development was kept on the east side of Abbott Street. In addition, Council changed its focus from seeking financial return on the project to seeking a solution that will require no additional taxation.
The two options to be presented to council are called “refined option 1” and “refined option 4.”
The major differences between the two plans include the re-alignment of Abbott Street, the location of the proposed paddle centre, the park size and associated cost of park development.
The options are similar in that each design accommodates the paddle centre (a council requirement) and includes park space, as well as the continuation of the Abbott Street multi-use corridor and a public pier.
“Staff will be recommending refined option 4,” said Graham Hood, strategic land development manager for the city.
“On balance we feel it best bridges the feedback we received from the public and charrette participants with the project parameters that Council endorsed. Option 4 provides a planning solution that will animate the lakefront and bring year-round vibrancy through active living opportunities such as the park and multi-use corridor. It also encourages a neighbourhood design that ties Pandosy Village to the lake.”