Kelowna city hall is asking residents to share their ideas and feedback to help shape a new city-wide parking management strategy that will change regulations and rates.
“We want a system that makes more short-term parking available, continues to pay for itself so that general taxation is not impacted and improves service options for a better customer experience,” said Dave Duncan, parking operations coordinator with the City of Kelowna.
“We are also continually working towards building a balanced transportation network that takes pressure off the need for parking spaces.”
Residents are encouraged to provide feedback and ideas through an online community engagement platform. Recommendations and supporting materials will be available at this website to generate community discussion for an interactive process that helps the project team refine the strategy.
Based on research and planning, the city has prepared a series of guiding principles that will set the tone and general direction for the parking strategy discussion and any related policy, rule, regulation, bylaw or enforcement changes moving forward. A series of related strategy recommendations will also be put forward and refined through the public process.
“As our city grows and changes, our systems need to keep up with that growth – and we need residents’ input so we can make the right changes to improve parking options,” said Duncan.
During the next three to four weeks, residents can view the preliminary recommendations and provide input by visiting the project website at kelowna.ca/parking.
“Through this public engagement initiative we hope to identify undetected issues, generate new ideas and determine if we are generally headed in the right direction with this important strategy,” said Duncan.
After feedback is collected and compiled, a draft strategy will be presented to city council for consideration.