The Environment

Expand recycling programs - encourage water and land conservation measures.

Integrated Neighbourhoods

Zoning is an important tool that will encourage integration.

Arts & Culture

Healthy communities include public access to the arts, culture and community events.

Expand and improve Public Spaces

Promote the expansion of public markets, “people places,” shopping hubs, parks and recreational facilities.

Inclusive Community

Welcome diversity and celebrate our differences

Housing Affordability

A good community must have a variety of housing options for its citizens.

Water

This precious water resources we have need to be monitored, protected and managed carefully.

Transportation

Promote a Bicycle culture and improved Public Transit

 

 

Council gets a passing grade

As Kelowna's current council gets ready to leave office, it will get a chance to see how much of a dent was made in its three year priority list.

A report card outlining the progress of council's top nine priorities, struck after it was elected in 2012, shows all nine have either been complete or are in the process of being complete.

Of those nine priorities, three are complete while significant progress has been made on three others.

These include:

  • Mobile Service Requests - Complete
  • Pandosy Waterfront Plan - Complete
  • Technology Centre - Complete
  • Waterfront development - Significant
  • Increased focus on economic development activities - Significant
  • Rutland Town Centre revitalization (Our Rutland) - Significant
  • New park strategy - In progress
  • Tourism Centre - In progress
  • One stop community services - Preliminary

Several priorities set out for 2014 have also been complete, including:

  • Bernard Avenue Revitalization - Complete
  • John Hindle Drive design - Complete
  • Phase 1 of Gordon Drive Frequent Transit Network - Complete
  • Downtown Interior Health Authority building - Complete
  • City-wide Parking Management Strategy - Complete
  • Police Services Building project - Significant
  • Protect the Canadian National Railway corridor - Significant
  • Central Green land sale - Significant
  • Cycling & Pedestrian Master Plan - public consultation - In progress

Much of the effort in this term focused on building on momentum created through previous Councils, completing progressive and well-considered plans for the future and beginning the process of establishing
the foundation for major projects to be completed in future years.

 

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Luke Stack to continue community-building work in his third term on Kelowna City Council

Kelowna, BC – Holding up Sunday’s newspaper, Kelowna City Councillor Luke Stack vowed to continue his work to build strong neighbourhoods as he kicked off his 2014 re-election campaign.

“Sunday’s headlines speak of Kelowna’s optimism,” says Stack, who is running for his third term on City Council. “The City of Kelowna needs steady, healthy growth but first and foremost, a city is a community. Sunday’s headlines show the quality of life we’re building here in Kelowna.”

Stack read out the headlines to his campaign team: Kids camp renovated by army of volunteers, Drive restocks local food banks, Fun run raises $75,000 for hospital equipment, Cancer fundraiser combines fun, food, wine. “This is the kind of city I want to live in,” he said.

Stack released his full platform on his website, lukestack.com, with an emphasis on revitalized town centres, public spaces, affordable housing and improved public transit and an expanded bike network.

An avid cyclist, Stack is a strong proponent for off-road bicycle pathways. His goal is a loop of bicycle paths linking all major hubs of the city, with the next key phase being along Dilworth Drive to link Rails with Trails to the Mission Park Greenway. He also has a keen interest in securing the CN rail corridor for a 48-kilometre off-road trail to Vernon.

Stack was first elected to City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. He serves as the executive director for the Society of Hope. Since its inception in 1989, the Society has grown to become the largest non-profit housing provider in the Interior of B. C.

“This current City Council worked well together and has made significant progress on the Pandosy waterfront, completing the Bernard Avenue revitalization, launching a new public pier off Queensway, completing the new Senior’s Centre at Parkinson Recreation Centre and simplifying secondary suite approvals,” says Stack. “Continued co-operation at the Council level will ensure an optimistic future for Kelowna.”

The Kelowna municipal election is set for November 15.

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l-r Hon. Minister Steve Thomson (MLA); Cheif Robert Louie and Chairman Robert Hobson at podium

The Central Okanagan Regional District has purchased/leased a significant amount of Black Knight Mountain for a massive new regional park. The site is 510 hectares (1260 acres.) There is a co-management agreement with Westbank First Nation for the new park's oversight. This is traditional Okanagan Nation territory. First Nation peoples collected valuable arrow heads from this mountain. The name Sntsk'il'nten means "Place where flint is found." (Phonetic spelling is sinch-keel-en-tin) Robert Hobson, the retiring Chariman of the Regional Board said this completes his goal of establishing four major Parks in the Region. It protects a sensitive ecosystem of sparsely vegitated Talus, Coniferouse woodlands and Ponderosa Pine and open grasslands. This is great news for Rutland residents as this important park lies on its border. It will provide wonderful future recreation opportunities. I am proud to be able to represent Kelowna Citizens on the Regional Board and fully supported the establishment of this new regional park. I especially want to thank Robert Hobson for his vision in creating the regional Park system. There are now 31 Regional parks in the Central Okangan - It is an amazing legacy. Thanks Robert!

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Rails with Trails Phase II officially opened on June 7, 2014. Hon. Steve Thomson, Mayor Walter Gray, Senator Nancy Greene Raine, and Rhona Martin (UBCM) did the honors of cutting the ribbon. A good crowd was on hand to walk and ride the new section of trail. Phase II connects Spall Road to Dilworth Road. The budget was $4.5 million dollars. This cost was shared equally by the Federal Government, the Provincial Government (Gas tax,) and the City of Kelowna. Kelowna is clearly making headway in becoming more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. There is now 19.2 Kilometers of off-road bike trails in the City of Kelowna. Progress!

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The Society of Hope has the honor of building 70 new rental homes in the north-end of Kelowna B.C. The Society won the Request for Proposal that was issued by BC Housing and the in the fall of 2013. The Society will be building a new apartment complex to replace the 50 existing senior's units at the site. Current tenants will be offered a new unit.

Hope will then add 20 new family townhomes to the site. All the units will be rental housing. Future residents will have the opportunity to apply for S.A.F.E.R. subsidies and rental assistance through the R.A.P. program operated by BC Housing. This development is targeted to complete in November of 2015. This project is made possible through the cooperative efforts of BC Housing, The Pleasantvale Housing Society, The Rotary Club of Kelowna, The City of Kelowna, and the Society of Hope. Special thanks to Juliet Anderton Consulting, Norr Architecture and VanMar Developers for the amazing work they do in bringing this exciting project to market.

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