Kelowna Tourism Centre heads to public hearing

Kelowna City Council approved first reading of an application to rezone the site from parks and open space to major institutional

Scaled back plans for Tourism Centre impress council

The first step toward Tourism Kelowna getting full approval to build an information centre at the foot of Queensway is over now one of the more controversial projects the city has seen in awhile goes to a public hearing.

Kelowna City Council approved first reading of an application to rezone the site from parks and open space to major institutional Monday, and the project earned widespread support among elected officials.

Coun. Luke Stack stole a line from Joni Mitchell and said he liked that the plan would “unpave a parking lot and put up a piece of paradise.”

“In my opinion it’s a lovely building and with the extensive walkway around it, it compliments the area,” he said. “It also respects covenant land.”

Initially, he said, he was concerned that it crossed Simpson covenant land, but the altered plans were heartening. As have been all the alterations by Tourism Kelowna since the public engagement phase has gotten underway.

Others expressed similar excitement for the openness to change, by Tourism Kelowna and the plan itself.

Coun. Charlie Hodge offered a critique, noting that he wasn’t sure that the time of the drive-thru tourism centre was truly over, but he too liked the overall plan.

“Given its location in the heart of our revitalized downtown, the future plans for Kerry Park and how it coincides with that, all the pieces are coming together,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “And if and when we get our downtown hotel… this will be an incredible place.”

Tourism Kelowna has been looking for a downtown location for its information centre for several years. A version of that plan was presented several months ago and was met with public opposition. Since then, they revamped the building decreased it inside and moved it off of the Simpson Covenant land.

Construction of the new $2.8 million building could begin next year with an early 2018 completion.


Just Posted

Out to pasture at the Freak’n Farmer

The annual “fun” event at Covert Farms put on by the Covert family and HooDoo Adventures

West Kelowna Warriors dominate the Nanaimo Clippers

Three goals were scored during power plays

Fundraiser with wine to raise money for JoeAnna’s House

The Sovereign Order of St. John has committed to raise and donate $50,000

Okanagan artist donates painting to Okanagan College

Bryan Ryley, former instructor at the college donated an acrylic painting

Kiwanis Club donates money to Okanagan College

This establishes the Kiwanis Kelowna 2018 Legacy Education Endowment

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

Most Read