Kelowna residents are invited to say what they would like to see on important sites in the Civic Block. The City is working on a draft of the long-term plan for the area and is looking for input on how to develop the Kelowna Community Theatre, Police Services and Okanagan Heritage Museum sites.
“We’ve had great input from the community into the Civic Block Plan so far. Ideas such as extending the Artwalk and adding a performing arts centre and civic plaza are going to go a long way to support a vibrant downtown and cultural district,” says Ross Soward, planning specialist. “Now we’re looking at options to add residential and commercial uses on a few key sites to increase activity in the area and help fund these improvements and we want more feedback from the community.”
At the City’s workshops and drop-in session, members of the community supported the idea of adding residential and commercial uses and increasing density in the Civic Block to help fund improvements such as a performing arts centre and public plaza. The addition of these uses could help advance the timeline for development and lessen the cost to taxpayers, but may affect the character of the area with changes to building heights at key sites.
“The goal is to create good value for Kelowna by balancing the opportunity to attract private investment at a few key sites while respecting the overall civic and cultural character of the area,” says Soward.
Residents are invited to go to the City’s online engagement tool at getinvolved.kelowna.ca to complete a survey before Aug. 30. Maps are provided showing the proposed land uses for the area as well as the options to add residential developments at the key sites. The information gathered in this survey will help shape the concept that will be shared with the public in an Open House and reviewed with Council this fall.
For more information, visit kelowna.ca/mydowntown.