A proposed updating of the city’s official community plan has Mayor Colin Basran’s enthusiastic support.
“I love it,” he said at Monday’s meeting. “I want to start building this city now, but I know we have a lot of steps to go.”
The plan builds on earlier schemes to focus much new development in so-called urban centres, like downtown, South Pandosy, and central Rutland.
Revisions include designating the area around the airport and the university as the ‘Gateway’ district with a mix of industrial, residential, and institutional land uses.
Focusing new development in existing neighbourhoods, the city says, helps to protect agricultural lands, enhances the viability of public transit, and reduces the distance people have to drive between work and home.
A new land use designation, Regional Commercial, is intended for properties along Highway 97 suitable for big-box stores that draw lots of shoppers from beyond Kelowna.
Details of the official community plan will be presented to the public for comment this fall.