Plan to deal with street parking around Kelowna General Hospital to be unveiled

The public will get a look at the plan's recommendations Nov 3 at an open house.

The city and Interior Health are trying to come up with a plan to deal with street parking around KGH.

It’s the next step to trying to figure out a solution to problems of street parking around Kelowna General Hospital.

The city and Interior Health say they are are working closely together on a Hospital Area Plan to guide future redevelopment and address parking and transportation needs.

Residents are invited to review the on-street parking recommendations of the plan and discuss future land use needs in the area with staff and consultants at an open house scheduled for Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lecture theatre of the UBCO clinical academic campus at KGH. The building is on Pandosy Street, at the corner of Pandosy and Rose.

“Recommendations are focused on ensuring short-term parking is available for use by residents and visitors to the area and to minimize hospital related impacts on residential areas,” said Dave Duncan, parking services manager for the city.

“Some of the measures proposed include short-term pay parking for spaces fronting the hospital, overnight resident only parking and adjustments to existing time restrictions.”

Public input was gathered in the spring, online and in-person, about the on-street parking challenges and opportunities in the area. Parking occupancy counts were also collected at a variety of dates and times throughout the year.

Based on that input, recommendations are being proposed to meet the changing needs of the area.

The city is also initiating a long-term land-use plan and neighbourhood transportation plan to guide future growth and development in the Health District and surrounding area east of Pandosy Street. This will consider appropriate uses and built form, and transportation and infrastructure needs to support health services in the area.

For more information about the Hospital Area Plan, as well as a summary of the parking recommendations, go to the project page at kelowna.ca/planningprojects.