The following are highlights from the Kelowna City Council meeting held Monday, July 28, 2014.
Second Quarter Report
Council received an update on City activities during the second quarter of 2014. Highlights include the highest construction value since 2010, surpassing 20,000 e-Subscribers to City updates, launch of the Strong Neighbourhoods project, Wibit opening in City Park and the official opening of Bernard Avenue.
Fascieux Creek habitat restoration
Council approved providing in-kind assistance to the Green Parent team volunteers and School District No. 23 for the restoration of a portion of Fascieux Creek at KLO Middle School. The restoration will help bring the creek back to its predevelopment state and the right-of-way along the creek channel will protect the public from flood risks. Completion of the first phase is expected this fall.
Housing ownership agreements
Council completed first three readings of a bylaw to rescind all existing housing ownership agreements. In 2012, Council decided there would be no new ownership agreements. Since then, the market has shifted so it is easier to find re-sale stratified dwellings at or below the City’s starter home price of $209,902, eliminating the need for this kind of agreement.
Expanded Allied Health agreement
Council received information about the collaboration between the City and Allied Health (Interior Health Authority) that will help bridge the connection between health care and community programming. The expanded collaboration focuses on the development of five types of health programs and providing a liaison physiotherapist situated at Parkinson Recreation Centre to connect individuals with City programs and services.
Ben Lee Park improvements
Council supported the proposed improvements to the Ben Lee playground to make it more accessible. Staff were directed to apply for the 2014 Enabling Accessibility in Communities grant.
Ellis Street Corridor Plan
Council endorsed the Ellis Street Corridor Plan, which will guide development of the area. Highlights of the plan include one vehicle and one bike lane in each direction, left turn lanes at various locations, new sidewalks, Urban Braille, mid-block crosswalks, trees and street furniture.