FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 06, 2017
Fire Hall #32 to be Included in Proposed CDZ
Mayor Doug Findlater reported that, at its in-camera meeting August 8, 2017, West Kelowna Council agreed to authorize staff to enter into an agreement with the owner of 2750 Olalla Road, a property adjacent to the City’s Fire Hall 32 at 2708 Olalla Road; consideration is being given to include Fire Hall 32 in a proposed Comprehensive Development Zone (CDZ) involving the two properties. The owner of 2750 Olalla Road, TC Development Group, has expressed interest in purchasing the Fire Hall 32 property to be included in the CDZ for a multi-residential development; however, the City requires more time to thoroughly analyze the future of the Fire Hall 32 property. Council determined the best approach is to allow the property to be included in the upcoming planning process; but the move does not commit the City to sell the Fire Hall property to the owner of 2750 Olalla, nor commits the City to any costs associated with the proposed CDZ. Rather the agreement allows the CDZ application to be processed with fire, police or ambulance service as a permitted use within the new zoning, while giving the City time to consider its options for the fire hall site. The City’s Facilities Master Plan recommends that Fire Hall 32 be decommissioned and a new, larger facility be constructed, either at another location or through a partnership with surrounding properties at the current site. The proposed new zone would provide the highest and best use for the property, maximizing the value of the property should the City decide to sell it. The proposed CDZ will be presented to Council at an upcoming public meeting for consideration of first and second reading and will receive a public review via a public hearing if it passes second reading. In the meantime, staff will further analyze the proposal and the plans for a new or re-located Fire Hall and report back to Council.
Strategic Plan 2017 – 2018 2nd Quarter Update
Council was provided with the second quarter update outlining work done between April and June 2017 intended to meet the goals and objectives set out in Council’s 2017-2018 Strategic Plan. The plan sets out both short and long-term targets for completion within Council’s five main strategic objectives; infrastructure, economic and financial environment, sustainability, governance and protective services.
Benedick Road Development
Council gave first reading to Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan Amendments for a 6.1 hectare property on Benedick Road. It will be brought before Council for second reading once a revised Storm Water Management Plan is included. The Regional District of Central Okanagan recently indicated it did not support the applicant’s proposal to install drainage infrastructure through adjacent Kalamoir Park. The application is to rezone the property from Rural Residential Large Parcel to Single Detached Residential and Rural Residential Small Parcel, and to amend the land use designation from Resource, Park and Natural Areas to Single Family Residential, to facilitate a development of up to 37 lots and one large rural residential lot.
Gellatly Bay Growth Management
Council adopted an 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. The proposed bylaw would create a new growth management designation for five properties. Amending the OCP to include a Gellatly Village Growth Management Designation will assist in supporting the envisioned future form of development in Gellatly Bay while allowing for flexibility in development applications to respond to comments and feedback, as well as the specific market conditions at the time of (re)development.
Carriage Homes & Secondary Suites
Council adopted a Zoning Amendment Bylaw which changes carriage house and secondary suite regulations. The changes increase opportunities for suites and carriage homes, along with streamlining the process and reducing cost prohibitive factors for infill housing.
Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant
Council authorized the execution of an agreement with AECOM Canada Ltd. for consulting services for the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant Design and Construction worth $2,537,600. The City recently received a $41 million grant through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund towards the $49 million plant to serve the Lakeview, West Kelowna Estates, Pritchard and Sunnyside water systems. These water systems are treated with chlorine only and do not meet Interior Health water treatment guidelines. Detailed design of the new plant is expected to be complete by June 2018 followed by 15 months of construction.