July 11, 2017
Provincial Review of Flood Factors Requested
Council unanimously agreed to request the Province of BC conduct a review of all possible factors leading to the flooding and mitigation efforts after this spring’s flooding event. Council will request the review include:
- the timing of the spring freshet in relation to the release of water from the Okanagan Lake system at various dams,
- the need for additional data collection stations related to weather, snowpack and streamflow,
- climate change impacts and freshet management,
- fishery needs,
- flood plain building,
- upland logging impacts,
- the banning of power boats during times of declared state of emergency, and
- the capacity of municipalities and first nations to respond to emergencies.
Gellatly Bay Growth Management Designation
Council discussed the Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Bylaw to create OCP policy support for the future vision of Gellatly Bay as identified in the 2017 Gellatly Village Study, presented to Council on January 24, 2017. The bylaw sits at second reading, however Council did not make a decision to move the bylaw forward at this time. The initial proposed bylaw would create a new growth management designation for five properties within the Gellatly Bay area. Amending the OCP to include a Gellatly Village Growth Management Designation that would articulate the envisioned future form of development in Gellatly Bay. Future development of the properties would require additional development approvals including Zoning Amendments and/or Development Permits. The City’s 2011 Waterfront Plan initially envisioned Gellatly Bay to evolve into a small-scale “Waterfront Village” that is a destination point for West Kelowna’s waterfront, containing a range of recreational activities, amenities and services including uses that may include cafes, restaurants, small boutique shops and local services with housing located above. A public hearing was held on the matter on May 17, 2017.
Salmon Road Development
Council adopted 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. Council set the maximum number of dwellings to 20.
West Kelowna Warriors Mural
Council agreed to have staff amend the Warriors Lease Agreement to permit the West Kelowna Warriors to advertise on the exterior of the City’s arenas. The new agreement will allow the Warriors to paint a mural on the exterior walls of Jim Lind and Royal LePage Place arenas.
2016 Annual Report
Council considered the 2016 City of West Kelowna Annual report. As required under Section 97 of the Community Charter, each year a municipality must prepare an annual report which includes the audited annual financial statements, permissive tax exemptions, a report respecting municipal services and operations, performance measures and objectives and any other information Council considers advisable. The 2016 Annual Report is available for viewing at www.westkelownacity.ca or at Municipal hall, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC.
2017 Citizens’ Survey Results
Council was provided the results of the 2017 Citizens’ Survey, the 10th annual survey of West Kelowna taxpayers. The City received 317 completed surveys, out of 1,000 mailed to randomly-selected taxpayers from 10 neighbourhood zones. The Importance versus Quality Comparison indicated the following services are not meeting expectations of respondents:
- Road Maintenance
- Illegal Dumping Cleanup Program
- Growth & Development Planning
- Recreation Programs for Teenagers
- Dedicated Bicycle Lanes
Other key results include:
- 82% of respondents indicate their quality of life in West Kelowna is Good or Very Good
- 64% of respondents are 55 years old or older; 48% are retired
- 45% indicate West kelowna is growing too fast, up from 27% in 2016
- 80% of respondents indicate they never use transit
Full results are available at www.westkelownacity.ca/citizenssurvey.