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Key Issues

Effective and Actionable

Community Wellbeing

City Recreation Facilities

City recreation facilities need to be reviewed through the lens of modernization, capacity, accessibility, and energy efficiency. As our community continues to grow, the impact of increased demand on various recreation activities, such as swimming and pickleball, need to be addressed.

Climate Action Plan

Climate change is an incredibly important issue and also presents us with a tremendous opportunity to promote sustainability and  protect our environment. A West Kelowna Climate Action Plan is necessary to meet the goal to be a net zero emission and climate resilient city by 2050.

Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture are vital parts of community, celebrating our creativity and diversity. We need to provide greater support to help Arts and Culture to flourish within our beautiful city.

Economic Development

West Kelowna’s Growth Concept

Support of West Kelowna’s Growth Concept ( a critical step within the process of updating our Official Community Plan ) will be very important to accommodate our City’s future growth. Our Growth Concept focuses growth in our urban and neighbourhood centres and promotes the West Kelowna Business Park as our City’s economic core.

Collaboration

Collaboration amongst our City, Westbank First Nation, the Greater Westside Board of Trade, and our business community is critical for ongoing success and prosperity throughout the Greater Westside.

Economic Development Corporation

A new initiative, the establishment of an arm’s length West Kelowna Economic Development Corporation will provide a pro-active stand alone agency with objectives to strengthen and diversify our community’s economic base.

Infrastructure Projects

Significant progress

Significant progress has been achieved with the construction of both the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant and the City Hall/Library. These projects are expected to be completed during the spring/summer of 2023.

New Fire Hall #32

Fire Hall #32 ( located in Lakeview Heights ) is over 50 years old and is well overdue for replacement due to it’s poor condition. Look forward to public engagement on site design and local use prior to completion of financial plan and construction.

Continue to invest in major roads & sidewalks

We must continue with future road, sidewalk, and active transportation improvements. Needed key road projects include upgrades to the Butt Rd/Old Okanagan Hwy intersection, Shannon Lake Road, Elliott Road, and the Gosset Road/Old Okanagan Hwy intersection. In addition, we need to continue to invest in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Multi-use pathways are needed to facilitate active transportation throughout our community, leading to the completion of the Westside Trail from the William R Bennett bridge to the Goat’s Peak Regional Park.

Public Safety

Police Resources

Ongoing investment in our police resources is necessary for public safety. We must also continue to request the provincial government to add more members to the Provincial Rural portion of our integrated RCMP detachment.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Our Community Wildfire Protection Plan needs to be renewed and we must continue to apply for grants through the Community Resiliency Investment Program in order to complete more wildfire mitigation prescriptions and treatments.

Emergency Egress & evacuation Planning

Emergency egress and evacuation planning needs to be considered for each West Kelowna neighbourhood in collaboration with local residents and neighbourhood associations.

Advocacy Priorities

Redundant Power supply

The City has long been advocating for power redundancy. A second transmission line is needed  to serve over 70,000 people who remain at risk with the current single transmission line. We must continue to press BC Hydro and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation for progress on this priority project.

Subsidized housing through BC Housing

The City of West Kelowna must continue to work together with BC Housing, the development industry, and non profit housing organizations to increase the supply of market and non-market housing options.  Key housing issues that continue to be advocated for include affordable rent, supportive housing, and subsidized housing for low-to-middle income seniors and families.

Hwy 97 improvements with the Province of BC

Improvements along Highway 97 are necessary for the flow of traffic and road safety. Also, we need to continue to advocate to eliminate of the one-way highway routes though Westbank Centre and return Main Street back to a pedestrian friendly proper Main Street. This change is important for the ongoing revitalization of the Westbank Urban core.

Truth & Reconciliation

Continue to collaborate with Westbank First Nation

For the betterment of all residents who live on the Greater Westside, the City of West Kelowna will work in collaboration on projects and advocacy with Westbank First Nation.

Greater Westside reconciliation dialogues

Municipal leaders must commit to the responsibility to implement actions plans under the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

Indigenous Art, Language & Culture

In collaboration with Westbank First Nation, indigenous art, language and culture will be incorporated within and outside our first City Hall/Library building.

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