With a growth rate of 13.5% between 2006 and 2011 (Statistics Canada), the District of West Kelowna must plan strategically to meet the demands of a community that is steadily evolving from its rural roots into an urbanized municipality.
To ensure a well planned approach to growth, Council has established its Strategic Priorities. Staff uses the priorities as a guidepost to develop a budget, a capital plan, a 10-year financial plan and a 10-year capital plan. These documents are presented to Council for deliberation and then taken to the public for feedback. Council will consider making revisions based on community input before finally adopting the budget. Out of the budget will come infrastructure and planning projects for the year.
The District of West Kelowna aims to provide modern roads and sidewalks and water, sewer and storm drainage systems that will meet the immediate and long-term needs of the municipality in a cost-effective manner.
The municipality may undertake these projects alone or in partnership with other governments, agencies, foundations or organizations.
PROJECTS STARTING IN 2014:
2014 Pedestrian Improvement Program - $141,000;
2014 Road Rehabilitation Program - $338,000;
Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre Upgrades - $284,000;
Westlake Road Upgrade
- $5.1 million (construction costs), $6.2 million (total project cost including design, engineering, etc.) - in partnership with Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia
PROJECTS THAT BEGAN IN 2013 TO BE COMPLETED IN 2014:
To ensure growth follows best land use practices and meets community needs, District of West Kelowna staff, working with consultants, embark on a number of comprehensive studies each year, which involve public and stakeholder input.
These planning exercises will map out future road networks, parks and recreational amenities, water conservation and quality, preservation of agricultural land and several other objectives:
For a list of all plans and strategies, please click here.