Kelowna's big ticket spending plans for 2016 on display at open house

Library Parkade expansion is part of $1 billion worth of projects planned for the city.

KELOWNA - A public overview of 2016 capital projects will be available to local residents for the first time.

This year, the city will begin some $45 million in capital projects while carrying over construction of another $145 million from 2015.

An overview previously only available to media will be open to the public at the Okanagan Regional Library on Ellis Street from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

Projects slated to begin this year include a traffic roundabout at Valley and Cross Roads and expanded soccer facilities at Rutland Centennial Park.

Continuing this year is construction of the $48-million police services building and the Memorial and Library Parkades.

City planners will also present an overview of planned increases to development cost charges, the charges paid to the city for providing roads and other services to new subdivisions and other infill projects.

Council is considering increases of between four and 14 per cent depending on the service. The city last increased the charges in 2011.

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