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Highlights of May 27 Kelowna city council meeting

May 30, 2013 - 3:14 PM

Development Application Process Review
Council endorsed the report from staff, which outlines ways to improve aspects of the City’s development application process to find a balance between being a regulator, encouraging new development and providing good customer services. Recommendations include ongoing monitoring, greater transparency and creating accountability to ensure consistent implementation.

Ellis Truck Route
Council approved the closure of the Ellis Street truck route to reduce industrial traffic through the developing pedestrian, commercial and residential areas of Kelowna’s downtown core and cultural district. Existing truck routes on Spall Road and Gordon Drive will remain in operation. The City will work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to upgrade the intersection at Gordon Drive and Highway 97 to ensure safety and maintain traffic flow. Route closure and further intersection upgrades are expected to take place in 2014.

Transit Operating Agreement
Council received information about transit costs and approved this year’s annual operating agreement. The City of Kelowna contributes $4.5 million of the estimated $6.4 million net Municipal Share of the regional Conventional Transit program.

Park Concessions & Vendors
Council endorsed the award of seasonal activity and food concession contracts to operate at City, Ben Lee and Waterfront Parks, and at Queensway Street. These contracts contribute to the City’s commitment to find better ways to deliver services to our community.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Corporate Report
Council received the report for information, which provided details about corporate greenhouse gas emissions and projects planned or underway to reduce them. Projects include building and facility optimization and implementation of a fleet management system. The City’s current GHG emissions are at the same levels as 2007 despite additions to the corporate fleet and building inventories to support services to our community, which has grown by 9 per cent since 2007.

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