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Kelowna considers ending car share for fewer parking spots program for new condos

Christian Brandt is Modo car share's sole employee in Kelowna. The city wants to put a temporary halt to any expansion of the program.
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City of Kelowna staff want to put a temporary end to new car share agreements that allow condo developers to substitute one Modo car share space for five parking stalls.

That recommendation will go to city council on Monday, May 31, ending a program that was approved in 2019.

“The intention is not to permanently end the car share program, but to give staff an opportunity to review it and collaborate with stakeholders to seek an opportunity for improvement,” the report states.

“Generally, staff are concerned that the level of density required to enable a successful car-share program that off sets potential negative impacts of the reduction of off-street parking stalls is not yet achieved.”

READ MORE: How car-sharing company Modo expects to save users money, Kelowna's traffic

All the car share programs in the city use Modo Cooperative.

The report says the program has “generally seen success” but does not go into detail.

There are currently nine such cars in use in nine separate buildings.

Another nine have been approved in six locations and agreements for those are in place with MODO.

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