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Highlights of Nov. 20 Council meeting

November 22, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Hotel application deferred
City Council unanimously deferred an application for a six-storey Sandman Signature Hotel on the former Pier Mac gravel pit site across from Kelowna International Airport. Staff recommended against approving the proposal by Northland Properties, who had asked for several amendments to the CD15, Airport Business Park zone. Council agreed to wait for a staff report looking at the history and impact of development in the area and future infrastructure requirements, as well as what other developments are proposed for the area.

Complimentary Saturday parking downtown in December
A long-standing tradition of no-charge on-street parking for each Saturday in December will continue. Council agreed to provide complimentary Saturday parking as a holiday promotion, at the request of the Downtown Kelowna Association. Posted time limits remain in effect to ensure convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers. All other parking restrictions (accessible permit parking, yellow curbs) remain in effect.

Housing needs in Kelowna
Council heard a report outlining a Housing Needs Assessment, which examined the housing challenges in the city, identifying 11 housing gaps and providing a series of recommendations to address them. The report, part of the city's Journey Home and Healthy Housing Strategies, identified what needs to be done in Kelowna based on housing supply, demand and estimates of future trends. The report described Kelowna as one of the least affordable cities in the country for housing and noted that, for some, accessing and maintaining healthy housing is a daily struggle.  A survey is now available online at the City’s public engagement website getinvolved.kelowna.ca, asking residents about the state of housing today and priorities for the future. The housing survey is available until Jan. 15, 2018.

For more information about Council, meetings and agendas, visit kelowna.ca/council.

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