Kelowna daycare looks to increase its capacity

Daycare seeks to expand

A Kelowna daycare finds itself in the unusual position of having to go before city council in order to expand its capacity.

Dynamic Afterschool Care on Birch Avenue is looking to increase it capacity from 58 to 68 children.

However, in order to accommodate the increased number, a variance is required to reduce the number of on-site parking spaces from the required 10 down to three, and loading spaces from one down to zero.

"Staff understand that additional childcare spaces are needed in the community and the primary need for parking is with staff that can be accommodated on-site," planning staff stated in a report for council.

"Most of vehicular traffic to the site will be for the purposes of pickup and drop-off."

Staff indicate any change will have a minimal impact on the neighbourhood.

It's indicated parking is only required for staff use, with three tandem spots available on-site off the rear laneway.

Staff also indicate there are plenty of spaces, both in the front, and the rear for drop off and pick up of children.

Cameron Park across the street from the daycare could also be used as a drop off or pick up point.

Staff indicated there were no negative comments from neighbours concerning the expansion.

Council will hear the application next Tuesday evening.

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