For Immediate Release
October 17, 2012
Highlights from Council's October 16, 2012 Meeting
Road Maintenance Contract
After significant preparation in anticipation of this day, West Kelowna Council authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an agreement for roads and drainage maintenance services with HMC Services Inc. for a five-year period beginning December 7, 2012. Currently, roads maintenance in West Kelowna is conducted by ARGO Road Maintenance under contract with the Province of British Columbia. The proposed contract presented for Council’s consideration has an annual cost of road maintenance of $1,731,496. There will be no anticipated tax increase in 2013 as a result of this contract. The cost of road maintenance is the fourth highest budget item for West Kelowna, next to Fire, Police and Transit services. Roads maintenance has been the top concern of residents in the last four Citizens’ Surveys and Council is seeking an enhanced service to address this priority of its residents. The contract, with defined specifications, terms and conditions, is anticipated to result in an elevated level of service for the community, with mechanisms built in to address issues of performance or unexpected seasonal influences while still allowing room for cooperation between the parties. Both parties are interested in working in partnership to provide the residents of West Kelowna with an increased level of service. Roads maintenance is the final service to transition from the Province of BC as part of the District of West Kelowna’s incorporation.
2012 Citizens’ Survey Results
Council was presented with results of the 2012 Citizens’ Survey, conducted in July. The survey collected data on a number of municipal services and governance. This year's survey was the fifth annual survey. The survey was mailed to 1,000 randomly-selected West Kelowna property owners and 321 were returned. Overall, the top areas of concern for citizens were:
- Road Maintenance
- Growth and Development Planning
- Illegal Dumping, Cleaning Program
- Economic Development
Council also received results by neighbourhoods. The information is used by Council during its strategic planning and budget deliberations each year. Full results are available online by clicking here.
Strategic Priorities – 3rd Quarter Update
Council received an update on District staff activities during the period July to September 2012 related to Council’s established priorities in its 2012-2014 Strategic Priorities. Council was advised on key actions related to its top priorities:
STRATEGIC PRIORITY 1 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Priority 1.1 - Westbank Centre
Drafted Zoning Bylaw provisions to establish a Westbank Centre Commercial Zone including density bonus provisions.
Controlled density using FAR (floor area ratio) rather than unit per hectare; this allows developers to offer a wider range of unit sizes (including smaller more affordable units) and still achieve the maximum permitted floor area.
Reduced Westbank Centre parking requirements including cash in lieu for parking in off-street parking and loading.
Priority 1.2 – Industrial Land
Priority 1.3 – Economic Development Plan
Priority 1.4 - Development Services
STRATEGIC PRIORITY 2 - INFRASTRUCTURE
STRATEGIC PRIORITY 3 - COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT
STRATEGIC PRIORITY 4 - SERVICES