Kelowna residents concerned about safety, quality of life

Issues prominent in city’s 2018 citizen survey feedback

Public safety and quality of life are key issues drawing concerns from Kelowna residents, according to the city’s 2018 citizen survey results.

A city staff report says while the overall perceptions of quality of life remain high at 94 per cent, there has been a change in the percentage of survey respondents saying the quality of life has worsened, 36 per cent, than improved, 22 per cent.

Primary issues facing the city are led by social issues (51 per cent) followed by transportation (43 per cent), crime (11 per cent) and growth and development (10 per cent).

The report notes social issues concerns made a statistically significant gain from 16 per cent in the 2015 survey and 40 per cent in 2017.

Under community safety, the overall response to Kelowna being a safe community was 87 per cent, which marks a slight deterioration from the 94 per cent positive result in the 2015 survey and lower than the 93 per cent B.C. municipal average.

Contributing to that declining community safety issue were concerns raised about homelessness, break-in/thefts and increased crime in general.

The top investment priorities identified by the survey were social issues related such as homelessness, mental health and addiction at 78 per cent, followed by traffic flow management (68 per cent), drinking water (64 per cent) and encouraging a diverse supply of housing (62 per cent).

The 2018 telephone survey was conducted through cell phone and landline methodology with a sample size of 300 Kelowna residents, 62 per cent surveyed on cell phones and 38 per cent on landlines. The survey is scheduled for every two years.



barry.gerding@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Okanagan pickleballers happy to play at 1st ever 55+ BC Games

Jerry and Terri Draude from Penticton put their skills to the test

Federal candidates meet at riding boundary in Kelowna

They’re hoping to encourage people to vote by informing people where they’re meant to vote

Kelowna Rockets GM anxious for season’s start

Big off-season changes, the Memorial Cup; it’s all coming together for Bruce Hamilton

$13 million Kelowna cannabis facility deal terminated

GTEC Holdings did not give a reason for the purchase’s cancellation

Third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening makeup emerges

Another instance of Trudeau using makeup to darken his face has emerged, within 24 hours of the first

Summerland cadet earns glider wings

Summer training program was held at CFB Comox on Vancouver Island

Arrest made after fourth threat closes a Kamloops high school in nine days

Mounties have been chasing down a series of threats made to schools across Kamloops

Morning Start: Ever wonder where official NFL footballs are made?

Your morning start for Thursday, September 19th, 2019.

Nelson man accused of swimming naked at Toronto aquarium expected to plead guilty

David Weaver, of Nelson, was arrested and charged in October of last year

VIDEO: Party leaders react to Trudeau’s brownface photo bombshell

Fallout from Justin Trudeau’s brownface photo, and two other instances, sure to dominate campaign

South Okanagan man suing library for almost $20K has to settle for less

A man was suing the City of Penticton Library for almost $20,000 after his backpack was stolen

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized, BC SPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

Most Read