Revised Kelowna OCP scrutinized by public

Kelowna’s master plan jumped through all the planning hoops earlier this year, but on Tuesday how it’s poised to fare in the political arena will become clearer.

The Official Community Plan will be up for debate or just closer examination at a public hearing that starts in council chambers Tuesday at 2 p.m. and is tentatively scheduled to run into Wednesday, depending on the volume of public input that comes forward.

Although, city clerk Stephen Fleming pointed out, that as of Monday only three Kelowna residents put their name forward to speak to issues on the plan many more could come out of the woodwork before then.

As is, however, the public has had numerous opportunities to weigh in on the plan.

In an attempt to get consensus on how future developments are shaped, while addressing the city’s upcoming needs, city planners crafted the OCP with a more urban bent than in past years.

In the creating of what’s generally viewed as the road map to future development, planners focused on how they would meet a rising demand for housing, and it seemed the answer lay in multi-family developments.

“We will need just over 20,000 new housing units by 2030,” said Singe Bagh, the city’s policy and planning director, at a previous meeting.

“A change in demographics, and affordability constraints will increase demand for apartments and townhouses.”

The demand, by their estimates, will call for the development of 8,565 single family units and 11,919 multi-family units.

The OCP is something municipalities discuss a lot as it shapes the growth of the community.

The document contains community goals, in relation to land use management and development.

 

Kelowna Capital News