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June 14, 2016

City Hall Referendum

Council was provided options for funding the proposed City Hall project, part of the larger West Kelowna Civic Centre Project and chose to hold a referendum on September 17 asking West Kelowna voters if they approve of borrowing up to $7.7 million to build the new City Hall. Council received information that the borrowing required for the new City Hall can be reduced from up to $10.5 million, which was proposed during the Alternative Approval Process held in May, to up to $7.7 million largely due to final accounting from the 2015 Financial Audit which indicated a surplus of just over $2.7 million. Council agreed to apply the $1.5 million surplus in the General Revenue Fund to the project and $308,000 from the City Yards Reserve Account. The move does not impact projects listed in the City’s 10 Year Capital Plan, which does not include the construction of a City Yards. Council gave first, second, and third readings to City of West Kelowna City Hall Project Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 0234, 2016 which will now be sent for Provincial Inspector of Municipalities approval.

DCC Bylaw Nearing Completion

Council gave first three readings to bylaw amendments to facilitate the implementation of the City’s new Development Cost Charge (DCC) bylaw. DCCs are fees implemented at the time of development which are meant to help municipalities recover the costs of infrastructure needed for growth. The DCC Bylaw includes Roads, Sewer, Storm, Water and Parks DCCs for different types of development including residential, commercial, industrial, carriage homes, golf courses and campgrounds. The City began a comprehensive DCC review in 2013 and the proposed new Bylaw and associated 2016-2035 DCC Program have undergone provincial review and has been recommended for approval by Ministry staff to the Inspector of Municipalities. Council will consider adoption on June 28. In-stream applications for rezoning, development permits, building permits and subdivision have a period of one year from the date of adoption of the new DCC bylaw to complete development under the current bylaws. The City will communicate the proposed DCC Bylaw implementation date to the public before June 28.

Salmon Road Rezoning

Council deferred third reading to Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments to facilitate a multi-family development at 3210 Salmon Road in the Glenrosa neighbourhood. The four-acre property is located next to Helen Gorman Elementary School and is currently zoned Rural Residential Small Parcel and its OCP designation is Single Family Residential with the applicant seeking Low Density Multiple Family designations. Council wanted more information related to the maximum number of dwelling units, currently proposed at 26 units.

Vineyard Park Plan

Council was presented information regarding the Vineyard Park Plan and consultation results. Vineyard Park is a 1.2 hectare park located on the corner of Vineyard Drive and Ridge Boulevard. The park is serviced with water as part of the dedication requirements for the South Mt. Boucherie development, but the park remains undeveloped with a few informal trails. Public consultation conducted in February resulted in design themes for the park which included keeping the property as natural looking as possible with multiple entry points with interconnected pathways and naturally-themed play spaces as well as a traditional playground. It has also been proposed that a nature-themed treasure hunt be incorporated throughout the park. The City has a $172,000 construction budget for the project, provided by Mission Hill Family Estate Winery at the time of the 2009 development application for the adjacent subdivision. Council has requested that budget options be brought back to have the playground constructed this year as part of the project. The next steps include completing a conceptual plan followed by detailed construction drawings and a tender process. Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2016.

Pedestrian and Stairway Improvements 2016

Council awarded the construction contract for the 2016 Pedestrian Improvement Program to JS Ferguson Construction Inc. at a cost of $399,500. The pedestrian areas to be upgraded are Gellatly Road from Carrington Road to Highway 97, Olympus Way from Olympus Way to Marathon Court and Alhambra Drive from Brentwood Road to Hudson Road. Council also awarded the 2016 Walkway (Stairway) Improvement project to S&K Form and Finish in the amount of $326,325. The walkways to be improved are the Walnut Glen Walkway, Asquith Court Walkway, Shannon Woods Way Walkway and Caledonia to Faulkner Walkway.

New Fire Truck

Council authorized the purchase of a Wildland Urban Interface Fire Engine from Safetek Emergency Vehicles at a cost of $750,000 (US). The 2016 budget includes the need to replace an aging fire truck that had exceeded its useful life as a front-line firefighting apparatus.

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