Engagement process

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Engaged communities are strong communities.

The City frequently seeks input regarding: priorities for the community, land use planning, projects and initiatives.

Decisions made by local government are improved through open and transparent processes, and through the input of citizens and stakeholders. The key to a balanced process is ensuring City leaders and decision makers understand the perspectives, opinions, ideas and concerns of people potentially affected by decisions. Before decisions are made, public input is collected, where appropriate, and included along with other considerations such as financial, environmental and technical limitations, as well as longer term plans (e.g. Official Community Plan).

Depending on the nature of the project, our public engagement includes various means of community involvement:

  • We inform by making timely information, updates and news available through a variety of channels
  • We consult with key experts, consultants, effected community members or groups and key stakeholders to bring multiple views and opinions into the process
  • We involve the public, experts, and special interest groups in planning, analysis and decision-making opportunities
  • We collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams, external advisors, community members and others to work together on solutions
  • We empower others to be involved or to lead or contribute to projects or initiatives


Get Involved, Kelowna!

Connect | Engage | Inspire

Tour the engagement site and register to receive news about the latest City-led projects. Find timely public input opportunities and help shape policy, projects and other initiatives in your community. Meet the people at the City of Kelowna who are listening to your feedback for each initiative.

Engaged communities are strong communities.

The City frequently seeks input regarding: priorities for the community, land use planning, projects and initiatives.

Decisions made by local government are improved through open and transparent processes, and through the input of citizens and stakeholders. The key to a balanced process is ensuring City leaders and decision makers understand the perspectives, opinions, ideas and concerns of people potentially affected by decisions. Before decisions are made, public input is collected, where appropriate, and included along with other considerations such as financial, environmental and technical limitations, as well as longer term plans (e.g. Official Community Plan).

Depending on the nature of the project, our public engagement includes various means of community involvement:

  • We inform by making timely information, updates and news available through a variety of channels
  • We consult with key experts, consultants, effected community members or groups and key stakeholders to bring multiple views and opinions into the process
  • We involve the public, experts, and special interest groups in planning, analysis and decision-making opportunities
  • We collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams, external advisors, community members and others to work together on solutions
  • We empower others to be involved or to lead or contribute to projects or initiatives


Get Involved, Kelowna!

Connect | Engage | Inspire

Tour the engagement site and register to receive news about the latest City-led projects. Find timely public input opportunities and help shape policy, projects and other initiatives in your community. Meet the people at the City of Kelowna who are listening to your feedback for each initiative.

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On Knox Mountain Park, the pavilion at the summit is a bit useless on its own. The summit needs something more of a destination— a small summer-run coffee and tea shop at the pavilion spot would be an amazing destination for hikers on Knox to aim for and feel rewarded in their summit efforts! There is already power and water to that site (the restrooms and caretakers cabin are already there) and building and maintaining a small cafe would not be difficult, and would attract youth for a fun unique summer job, engaging the public in their passion for Kelowna’s outdoors.

Lake Louise maintains two separate coffee shops on their Six Glacier hiking trail, where their staff backpack in the tea and coffee to serve. The hikers love it, and it gives them a fun hiking goal for their excursion, and it’s a great reward and refuel. Surely the summit of Knox, serviced by water, power, and a road, isn’t so remote that that can’t be done for us too?

Kshark350 4 days ago

I’ve tried to complete the survey multiple times for the future use of Knox mountain park— it keeps telling me the survey is closed, even though it’s is supposed to close on May 31st. Super frustrating, as I have opinions and ideas to submit. This engagement site is useless.

Kshark350 4 days ago

IMO from many hikes and much observation on Knox mnt- excersize is a huge part of the experience- every place you put a bench -extend the concrete pad c/w a poster panel describing/showing body weight exercises . Bench can be incorporated in exercises - pad should be pug enough for 3-4 yoga mats

Gheavenor 8 days ago

The boat launch @ Knox mnt is too shallow for my hobie cat 16’.

Eric heidlf about 2 months ago

The online engagement platform should only be one tool that is used to consult with the public. Attempting to claim that you consulted with all of Kelowna by putting something up on a website for a short duration of time is not true consultation. What a joke! I see why the city would prefer to do this in order to ram their pet projects through. Truly disgusting. Why not send out consultations via mail, so that everyone can participate? Who even thinks to look on this ridiculous page? Just read about a 2040 transportation master plan that was supposedly endorsed by the majority of people who were "consulted" about it through the city website. I can no longer add my own feedback and I only discovered it after reading a news article. It appears the city is simply targeting the youthful demographic who are always online and who want city streets to be further constricted and congested for the sake of cyclists and pedestrians. Well guess what, I guarantee the majority of the motoring public does not agree with these measures, which is why you have to develop these underhanded polling techniques to force your agendas through. Absolutely sickening.

Unbelievable 4 months ago

In regards to the Casorso Active Transport Corridor A3. I would love to see the road shared by the cyclists and the people/motorists that are parking/living there from the area of KLO to Lanfranco Road. We have such limited parking and it would be very nice to be able to park at my home of residence at that corner. We have seniors/small children/ and people with medical needs that need to park near their home too. Please if possible, it would be of great help to find a way that everyone can share the road at that corner. In fact we see very few cyclist and more pedestrians using the side walk. It would be nice if the walkers could get a flashing light ( at the cross walk ) and some speed bumps and only paint the cyclist road markers. That way everyone can share the road safely

maria johnson 4 months ago

with regards to the Casorso Active Transport Corridor, a fence or a hedge should be put in along Casorso road at the Central Mobile home park. There has been alot of theft and trespassing in this park and the fence/hedge would help to alleviate this problem. Would also make a good sound barrier for the area while looking attractive as well.

Dddoscar 5 months ago

I wonder- could city create an underground area for highway 97 as it enters the city of Kelowna?
There is something like this in North Vancouver (as one enters from the Ironworkers bridge).

The advantage would calm and quiet the downtown area traffic, give the city more high quality space for shops etc towards the water. And the highway can simply continue on further away from the core city area.

Davek 5 months ago

It would be great to see a mixture of smart co-housing mixed into the private living spaces set for the Kelowna North End (old Tolko Mill area).

Some suggested ideas to get community conversation/survey started:

1. Showcase successful shared housing models that can be followed ie. Denmark Co-housing, Happiness Project. And ask the community…


2. “What other multigenerational or co-housing models have worked in the past, that you know about?


3. What are the friction points? 


4. What are the items/spaces would one need or want to have private, and what items/spaces could be shared?



Bonus

5. Can an outdoor area (with soft and and hardscaping) transform with the seasons to give it greater functionality?

Thanks!


Q- Can a neighbourhood or pocket park area have soft and and hardscaping that transforms easily with the seasons to give it greater functionality?

- What about a similar transforming outdoor space in a 'private' co-housing setting?

Davek 5 months ago

It would great to see something like Granville Island built into the old Tolko Site. The marina (perhaps with water 'taxi' boats that can be used to visit Vernon or Penticton), art school for the arts and the public-market create a hub for gathering.
Make it a fun place to be with water-side walkways. Cheers

April.BWH 5 months ago

This engagement process is fantastic! Thanks for setting this up.

April.BWH 5 months ago

I wish Canada will become civilized some day and have proper public transportation for the citizens to move around the country combining reasonable prices and times. This seems to be total utopia for a wealthy country. I mean not even the roads for driving are normal. I do not wish to get into other issues as it will ruin the rest of my day.

daniel 5 months ago

I agree with the other comment asking for more cultural events such as African, Latin etc music. Also there are quite a few areas in the city that could be used with this purpose during specifically themed festivals. For example a Jazz festival. Landmark could have a stage, the park on the other side of Harvey could also have a stage ( It actually already has a stage looking construction). there are many areas in the city that could be used for cultural events and draw people towards them. Instead of just focusing on putting everything in the same place.

daniel 6 months ago

could not open the link for the engagement survey. windows defender. One of the restricting reasons for not taking my bike is THEFT.

Powell 7 months ago

I was directed here to enter my idea for a signature event, but was re-directed, page not found. Sadly, I was schooled before computers were invented, so could be due to my own incompetence. But I did not find what I was looking for even with the direct link provided by Chris Babcock. I suppose that is one way to filter 'out old and boring' and allow only the youthful ideas.

jschloss 9 months ago

Would like to see more events with bands playing, jazz, african drums, new sounds from outside of the region.
Hosting musicians and artists from outside of the region,

Would like to have events in the park to be permitted, for example, djs in the park on meet us on Bernard,

Markets on Bernard,

A bigger downtown.

marruelcharif 10 months ago

Would be nice to have more cultural events.

Would like to see the theater host plays in different languages.

More cultural events

marruelcharif 10 months ago

Would love to have a Beach bar by the beach, where people can have lunch, have a cocktail, and tan, go for a swim if they want.

A beach club with a pool and a sandy beach.

Where events can be held too and their would be an entrance fee.

marruelcharif 10 months ago

Would love to have a public outdoor Pool like the city if Montreal has.

A Public Outdoor Pool operated by the city where people can swim laps and tan and kids can have their own small pool.

marruelcharif 10 months ago

I would like to see the road up Knox Mountain to remain closed.
The mountain road is very busy now with people walking, some with dogs, strollers and children, also many bikes , long boarders and recently, electric scooters.
I think that it is safer not having to navigate cars, trucks, recreation vehicles and motorcycles going up and down the mountain. At times the vehicles meeting going up and down the road at the same time when the public are walking and it's necessary to scramble to the narrow gravel shoulder.
It is a very tranquil experience to walk up the mountain without the traffic.

Linda Nickel 12 months ago
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