North End Neighbourhood Plan

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

Help shape the future of the North End!

This area is quickly evolving – home to a mix of residential, recreational, industrial and commercial uses, and a trendy brewery district, it’s rich with amenities that draw visitors near and far.

The North End Neighbourhood Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in the area over the next 20 years and beyond. The detailed strategy will include locations of parks and public spaces, development standards, and transportation solutions.

From Jan 31-Feb 28, we asked the public to participate in shaping the vision and objectives for the area. The NEP vision and objectives were endorsed on April 11.

Next steps

The vision and objectives will help shape neighbourhood concepts, which the public will be able to weigh in on during the next phase of engagement. Stay tuned for more information on how to stay involved!


Ask a question

Want to learn more about the North End Neighbourhood Plan? Send us your question and we'll get back to you.


Are you interested in shaping the future of the former Tolko Mill Site? Following the City's lead, the Mill Site development team will also be engaging with the public for input on the future of this privately owned waterfront location. To learn about the Mill Site development team's planning process, visit: kelownamillsite.ca




Project background

The North End is being prioritized for a neighbourhood plan because the pace of change and the imminent development of the former Tolko mill site will require us to plan this area proactively and holistically – in a way that ensures any new development aligns with our Imagine Kelowna community vision and incorporates residents' aspirations for this unique part of town.





Help shape the future of the North End!

This area is quickly evolving – home to a mix of residential, recreational, industrial and commercial uses, and a trendy brewery district, it’s rich with amenities that draw visitors near and far.

The North End Neighbourhood Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in the area over the next 20 years and beyond. The detailed strategy will include locations of parks and public spaces, development standards, and transportation solutions.

From Jan 31-Feb 28, we asked the public to participate in shaping the vision and objectives for the area. The NEP vision and objectives were endorsed on April 11.

Next steps

The vision and objectives will help shape neighbourhood concepts, which the public will be able to weigh in on during the next phase of engagement. Stay tuned for more information on how to stay involved!


Ask a question

Want to learn more about the North End Neighbourhood Plan? Send us your question and we'll get back to you.


Are you interested in shaping the future of the former Tolko Mill Site? Following the City's lead, the Mill Site development team will also be engaging with the public for input on the future of this privately owned waterfront location. To learn about the Mill Site development team's planning process, visit: kelownamillsite.ca




Project background

The North End is being prioritized for a neighbourhood plan because the pace of change and the imminent development of the former Tolko mill site will require us to plan this area proactively and holistically – in a way that ensures any new development aligns with our Imagine Kelowna community vision and incorporates residents' aspirations for this unique part of town.





Questions

Have a question? Ask us here. 

You need to be signed in to add your question.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    What plans do the city have to build a multi use structure that can be used for many events. eg. convention centre multi use complex for this multi generational community.🙋‍♀️🙏👏

    Angelica Goodove asked 6 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. We're still early in the planning process, so we haven't decided on any of the public amenities that we'd like to make a priority in the Plan, but we're wide open to considering your ideas, so please make your voice heard through one of our many public engagement tools on the GetInvolved web page!: North End Neighbourhood Plan | Get Involved Kelowna 

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Apart from zoning, what other tools does the city have at its disposal to guide the development of this area? Is it possible that the city will purchase any of this land to better control its direction and guide the north end plan?

    Kyle.conne asked 7 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. As far as tools to guide the development of the North End, we can expect a few out of the North End Plan. First, the North End Plan will be implemented mainly through policies. These policies can influence growth and development in a number of ways. For instance, they may speak to capital projects that need to happen to fulfill the goals of the plan, such as the development of a park, the extension of a road, or an upgrade to storm infrastructure. These projects would then eventually be added to the City's capital plan based on priority identified. 

    As far as land acquisition, any of the capital projects recommended may require the acquisition of land, so the policy itself may influence the City in their land acquisition strategy (so yes, the City may seek to acquire land in connection with guidance laid down by the plan, but there are significant constraints here since land is very expensive).  

    Another thing the Plan may do to influence growth and development is to propose changes to certain City bylaws. For instance, when it comes to the land use question, the Plan may recommend a change in the land use of a certain area. This would then have to be implemented through a change to the future land use map in the Official Community Plan, or the Zoning Bylaw, which proposed changes would themselves have to be brought forward to Council separately. 

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    As long time residents of Poplar Point we have experienced the congestion on PP drive with increased walkers, bikers and of course traffic. We have a narrow roadway with some blind corners and very little parking , creating an unsafe roadway. I would like to know the city’s plan for this road which directly links to the Northend plan. I’d also want to know why Poplar point isn’t included in the North End Plan.

    Murray asked 9 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in the North End Plan, and Poplar Point in particular. We acknowledge your concerns regarding Poplar Point Dr. The City does not have any specific plans for this road at this time.

    As for why Poplar Point was not included within the North End Plan, the main reason for this is that the City is not willing to entertain any change to this area, as it is situated within a very sensitive environmental area--between Okanagan Lake and Knox Mountain Park and on a steep slope. That said, we recognize that residents of Poplar Point may well be affected by the North End Plan as the area is accessible only through the North End. For this reason, we welcome input from residents of the area through the planning process. Please stay tuned to the Get Involved webpage for opportunities to make you voice heard.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    With all of the development both in downtown and the north end, and the city's hope to move people out of their cars and densify with more options for walking/biking - there needs to be at least one (ideally two or three) grocery stores put in this area!! Where are all the new residents of these high rises supposed to get their grocery needs? The closest one is the downtown Safeway which is small and far from the north end - is this being considered??

    Laura S33 asked 9 months ago

    Hello, 

    Thank you for you comment regarding the need for a grocery store in the North End. This is something we've heard from many local residents. I've answered a similar question in the past, so I'll repeat that answer here:

    The City certainly would like to have every resident be able to meet all their daily needs within close walking distance of their homes—and a grocery store is definitely a big part of this. One thing the City can do to help ensure this is the case is to make sure zoning is in place that allows shops (including grocery stores) within walking distance of homes—and this will be a consideration in the case of the North End Plan. However, it is important to note that the City does not have complete control over what shops and services locate where. Local shops and services depend on a certain base population density in order to support them. Again, the City can help by ensuring that enough density is permitted in zoning to support local shops and services, and this will also be a consideration in the case of the North End Plan. But these shops and services must ultimately commit to buying into a community in order for this to occur.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Not an easy topic that I expect an answer to on a board like this, but a growing list of cities (including Edmonton) have eliminated parking minimums, at least in their downtowns, to create space for more valuable use, help create affordable housing by unbundling parking, and reduce car dependency. Can the city consider eliminating their minimums at the same time, at least in the area, before the North End sees too much redevelopment?

    NathanH asked 12 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your comment. With regards to parking requirements: The City of Kelowna’s parking requirements are tied to zoning. The City recently (in 2019) reviewed its parking requirements in the Zoning Bylaw and did reduce these parking minimums in many cases—especially under mixed-use zones found in the downtown and other urban centres where transit service is best and daily needs are close-by and easy to reach through either walking or biking. The Report to Council on the project is available here: Section 8 Parking & Loading Zoning Bylaw Text Amendment Application (escribemeetings.com). It is true that several cities in North America have now eliminated parking minimums in some circumstances. Researcher and professor Donald Shoup is a prominent figure in support of such measures. However, the City of Kelowna has, until now, proved to be unprepared to take such a step.  

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Will there be a grocery store & a pharmacy in the North end. I think that is vital.

    Debra Pender asked 12 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your comment regarding the need for a grocery store and pharmacy in the North End. The City certainly would like to have every resident be able to meet all their daily needs within close walking distance of their homes—and a grocery store and pharmacy are definitely a big part of this. One thing the City can do to help ensure this is the case is to make sure zoning is in place that allows shops within walking distance of homes—and this will be a consideration in the case of the North End Plan. However, it is important to note that the City does not have complete control over what shops and services locate where. Local shops and services depend on a certain base population density in order to support them. Again, the City can help by ensuring that enough density is permitted in zoning to support local shops and services, and this will also be a consideration in the case of the North End Plan. But these shops and services must ultimately commit to buying into a community in order for this to occur.

Page last updated: 22 Apr 2022, 03:03 PM