The 2040 OCP will be given to council at some point next year. (File)

Kelowna’s 2040 community plan is nearing completion

The document will outline the city’s growth through 2020

What will Kelowna look like in 20 years?

That’s exactly what city planners are establishing right now as they lay out the 2040 Official Community Plan (OCP), a guiding document that will outline the City of Kelowna’s growth through to 2040.

The document is in the third phase of a five-phase process. The third phase, according to planner Robert Miles, sees planners working out the finer details of the document by refining broader ideas received through community feedback.

“Phase three is ultimately about delivering a first draft of a new OCP to council,” Miles told council at a meeting on Monday.

“This makes phase three the largest phase of the process and the one where the heaviest lifting is done.”

As of right now, the plan is targeting increased growth and density within urban areas and reduced sprawl, something Miles said has been largely supported by input received from the community.

“(Phase two) asked the question where you would like to focus most of the growth, Phase three focused more on this is what that could mean to changes in your neighbourhood,” he said.

“We could show residents where changes could be expected in their neighbourhood as the plan moved from the conceptual growth strategies to real, more targeted changes in specific areas of the city.”

However, Miles said, residents were also concerned about the growth of amenities in areas being targeted with growth, including more frequent transit and improved active transportation corridors.

“Much of the discussions to date have focused on high-level, visioning for the plan and identification of values and key concepts,” he said.

“The discussion can now shift to more detailed policies and actions.”

A new proposed land-use map will be given to council in early 2020 and the final 2040 OCP will be presented to council later in the new year.

READ MORE: Kelowna city council approves off-leash dog beach on Lake Avenue

READ MORE: Nominations open for Kelowna’s 45th annual Civic and Community Awards


@michaelrdrguez
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Speedboat reportedly sinking near Manhattan Point in Kelowna

This is the third report of a boat found in the lake in the past two weeks

Kelowna General Hospital takes steps to prevent spread of coronavirus

So far, at least six people have died and 275 people have contracted the virus worldwide

Plans submitted for third hotel across from Kelowna International Airport

YLW passengers in need of accommodations could be getting another option

Vehicle fire occurred outside of fire departments’ coverage areas

Neither Summerland nor Peachland detachments attended incident at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park

Okanagan among Canada’s most at-risk habitats: WWF report

Report found the Okanagan is inadequately protected despite being a hotspot for at-risk species

UBCO students raise funds for those affected by Philippine volcano eruption

All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Prices for recreational marijuana in B.C. down from a year ago

New inflation figures show gasoline, housing and certain kinds of food cost more

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

COLUMN: Pre-clearance changes at Canadian airports

Some believe these expanded powers may be contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Most Read