Our Kelowna as we move: 2040 Transportation Master Plan

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Steering the future of transportation in Kelowna

The long-range Transportation Master Plan (TMP) will identify the transportation investments needed in Kelowna over the next 20 years to create a safe, cost-effective and sustainable transportation network.

The planning process has included an assessment of the existing transportation system, including roadway, cycling, pedestrian and transit networks. It's considered existing travel patterns and behaviour, future travel conditions, estimates for changing technologies and the Official Community Plan's future land use assumptions. The plan will also include an implementation approach and evaluation tools.

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Steering the future of transportation in Kelowna

The long-range Transportation Master Plan (TMP) will identify the transportation investments needed in Kelowna over the next 20 years to create a safe, cost-effective and sustainable transportation network.

The planning process has included an assessment of the existing transportation system, including roadway, cycling, pedestrian and transit networks. It's considered existing travel patterns and behaviour, future travel conditions, estimates for changing technologies and the Official Community Plan's future land use assumptions. The plan will also include an implementation approach and evaluation tools.

How to get involved

Subscribe to email updates to receive updates on upcoming public engagement opportunities and past engagement results.

Vision & goals

Our Imagine Kelowna community vision helped shaped the draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan vision and goals. These vision and goals were then refined during Phase 1 public engagement. Council endorsed Imagine Kelowna in July 2018, and the community vision has guided the development of long-term plans such as the Transportation Master Plan and Official Community Plan.

TMP vision

Kelowna will be a city with vibrant urban centres where people and places are conveniently connected by diverse transportation options that help us transition from our car-centric culture.

TMP goals

Improve safety
Protect the environment
Enhance travel affordability
Foster a growing community
Enhance urban centres
Improve health
Optimize travel times
Support livable communities
Promote inclusive transportation
Improve travel choices
Be innovative and flexible
Ensure value for public investment


  • Council reviews proposed 20-year roadway projects

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    On Monday, Jan. 18, Council reviewed the road projects proposed as part of the draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). A summary of this report is included as part of this email update.

    As Kelowna grows, we need to find ways to ease the impact of traffic congestion and reduce emissions. One way to do this is to create a city with vibrant urban centres and diverse transportation options for people to get around. This will help Kelowna be a more sustainable, safe, equitable and healthy city. This financially responsible approach also recognizes the high cost of road construction, limited space for new roads, and the challenges in maintaining the infrastructure we have today.

    For this reason, roadway projects proposed for Kelowna over the next 20 years have been carefully selected to improve safety and traffic flow without necessarily encouraging more vehicle travel.

    View the full Council Report


    Proposed budget breakdown


    Informed by public input, a roughly 20 per cent increase in the average annual transportation budget is proposed to improve transportation over the next 20 years. In addition to major investments in walking, biking, transit, and other options, funding for roadways and multimodal corridors would increase from an average of $12 million to $18 million annually.


    How roadway projects are funded


    Taxation
    (property & federal gas tax)

    Development
    Cost Charges

    Senior government funding


    Roadway projects are funded through a combination of taxation, development cost charges (DCCs), and senior government funding (for projects that have a regional benefit). DCCs are fees that municipalities collect from new development to help pay the cost of infrastructure services that are needed for growth.

    Considering the impacts of COVID-19, the draft TMP will propose deferring near-term tax increases by ramping up transportation investments slowly over the 20-year plan horizon.


    Public engagement update

    Several opportunities have been available for residents to get involved. Your input has helped guide the direction of the plan and the prioritization of investments over the next 20 years to create a safe, cost-effective and sustainable transportation network.

    Engagement topics

    1. TMP vision and goals (spring 2018)
    2. Transportation impacts related to proposed growth scenarios (summer 2018)
    3. Transportation challenges and solutions (fall 2019)
    4. Transportation investment priorities and budget allocation tool (fall 2019)
    5. Upcoming: an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft TMP (2021)

    View past engagement summaries in the 'Document library' section of this page.


    Next steps

    The Transportation Master Plan is being coordinated with the development of the draft 2040 Official Community Plan and 20-Year Servicing Plan. A draft of the plan is in development, and we anticipate sharing it with you for final input in spring 2021.


    The Transportation Master Plan is a long-range plan that will identify the transportation investments needed in Kelowna over the next 20 years. For more information about the plan, visit kelowna.ca/transportation2040.

  • Public engagement update

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    Several opportunities have been available for residents to get involved. Your input has helped guide the direction and prioritization of investments that will be made over the next 20 years to create a safe, cost-effective and sustainable transportation network.

    Engagement topics

    1. TMP vision and goals (spring 2018)
    2. Transportation impacts related to proposed growth scenarios (summer 2018)
    3. Transportation challenges and solutions (fall 2019)
    4. Transportation investment priorities and budget allocation tool (fall 2019)
    5. Coming up: review and provide feedback the Draft TMP (upcoming 2020)

    Results of latest engagement

    Last November, we invited you to take part in a budget prioritization exercise to better understand the benefit and cost trade-offs associated with potential transportation investment options.

    Key takeaways

    • Priorities rated as "important" by the most respondents included maintenance and renewal (64 per cent), transit (60 per cent) and biking (57 per cent).
    • Priorities rated as "not important" by the most respondents included education and incentive programs (28 per cent) and the Clement/Hwy 33 Extension (24 per cent).
    • A majority of respondents (75 per cent) chose to increase the transportation budget, and 64 per cent indicated they would be willing to pay more in taxes to improve transportation services.

    Read the full engagement summary

  • Council sets direction for 20 years of transportation investments

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    On Aug. 10, Council directed staff to continue development of the draft 2040 Transportation Master Plan ("TMP") based on 'Scenario 2,' a proposed package of projects, programs and policies designed to improve transportation in Kelowna over the next 20 years, coordinate transportation investments with land use planning, and help our economic recovery post-COVID-19.

    Staff presented Council with three transportation scenarios that described what can be achieved at different price points in terms of the extent and connectivity of the transportation network in 2040, greenhouse gas emissions, and optimization of travel times, among other goals.

    Scenario 2 funds improvements in all modes of transportation, with a focus on providing faster and more reliable transit service, improving biking and walking, safety improvements for all modes, and maintenance and renewal.

    A draft TMP is expected to be available for public review and input later this year.

    Read the Council Report to learn more

  • 2019 Transportation Citizen Survey results released

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    Transportation is consistently ranked as one of the most important public issues in the City’s Citizen Surveys. As part of a deeper dive into transportation issues, the City commissioned Leger Research to conduct a statistically significant telephone survey with Kelowna residents.

    The survey was conducted between November 18 and 29, 2019. Three hundred residents were selected using random sampling of landlines and cell phones. Responses were weighted to match the population according to age, gender, and neighbourhood (three-digit postal code).

    One of Council’s priorities for the current term is to provide more opportunities to learn about transportation. This survey establishes a baseline of residents’ opinions and attitudes that will help inform education and outreach efforts related to the ongoing Transportation Master Plan and beyond. Ongoing tracking with future surveys could potentially be used as a performance measure for this Council Priority.

    View the results

    To view the full results of the survey, please refer to the documents library on this page.

  • Final week to take the transportation planner's seat

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    Residents and businesses have until Dec. 6 to provide feedback on projects, policies, and programs that will help shape how we move around the city now and into the future.

    Take the planner’s seat in Kelowna’s Transportation Master Plan by participating in an interactive, online transportation budgeting exercise at kelowna.ca/transportation2040 and be entered to win a $750 gift card to a Kelowna bicycle shop of your choice.

    There will also be an interactive display available during business hours at City Hall until Dec. 6.

    For more information on the planning process, visit kelowna.ca/transportation2040.

  • Steering the future of transportation in Kelowna

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    During the latest phase of engagement for our Transportation Master Plan, residents took the planner’s seat and provided feedback on projects, policies and programs that will help shape how we move around our city now and into the future.

    An interactive, online transportation budgeting exercise was available from Nov. 18 to Dec. 6 and had approximately 1,600 submissions.

    Prize winner

    Participants had an opportunity to enter the prize draw for a chance to win $750 to a Kelowna bicycle shop of their choice. The prize winner has been drawn and the winner contacted.

    Geoff from Kelowna won the random draw and chose Cyclepath Kelowna as his preferred store.

    Congratulations to Geoff, and thank you to everyone who took time to participate and share input on how Kelowna's transportation projects should be prioritized.

    Next steps

    Next steps include a technical evaluation to develop recommended transportation projects, policies and programs, which will be informed by public input.

    Stay tuned for more project updates and the full engagement report, which will be available in the new year.

  • News release: Steer our city's transportation future

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    With 50,000 more people anticipated to call Kelowna home by 2040, how we prioritize and allocate budget for transportation today will not necessarily meet the needs of our growing population.

    Residents and businesses are encouraged to take the planner’s seat in Kelowna’s Transportation Master Plan by providing feedback on projects, policies and programs that will help shape how we move around the city now and into the future.

    Participate in an interactive, online transportation budgeting exercise from Nov. 18 to Dec. 6 at kelowna.ca/transportation2040 and be entered to win a $750 gift card to a Kelowna bicycle shop of your choice.

    You can also participate in person on:

    • Monday, November 25
      11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      UBC Okanagan (EME building)
    • Saturday, November 30
      9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      Parkinson Rec Centre (Winter Farmers and Crafters Market)

    There will be an interactive display available during business hours at City Hall from Nov. 26 to Dec. 6.

    Get a glimpse behind the scenes of what it looks like in the planner’s seat and follow the City of Kelowna’s Instagram channel as City transportation staff takeover starting Nov. 19.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/transportation2040.

  • Public engagement reminder for future land use, zoning, transportation and more

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    Thursday is the first of four in-person opportunities to engage with staff and information for the next steps in development of the Official Community Plan (OCP), Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and 20-year Servicing Plan.

    The Kelowna 2040 Expo will feature displays and hands-on, family-friendly activities to help participants explore a range of topics based on the 2040 growth scenario endorsed by Council last spring, such as transportation, parks, zoning, infill housing and future land use.

    Participants will receive a ‘passport to 2040’ which they can complete with their feedback and be entered in a draw to win one of five gift certificates from a local business in each of Kelowna’s five urban centres.

    Residents can participate in the Expo at the following locations:

    Thursday, September 19
    Kelowna Community Theatre
    1375 Water Street
    3:30pm – 6:30pm

    Saturday, September 21
    Rutland Boys and Girls Club
    355 Hartman Road
    11:30am – 3pm

    Wednesday, September 25
    Capital News Centre
    4105 Gordon Drive
    3:30pm – 6:30pm

    Saturday, September 28
    Orchard Park Mall
    2271 Harvey Avenue
    9:30am – 6pm

    Residents unable to attend the Expo in person can give feedback online from September 16 to October 4 at getinvolved.kelowna.ca/kelowna2040.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca.

  • News release: Our Kelowna as We Grow and as We Move: Kelowna 2040 expos

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    Planning is underway to guide how and where we grow in the next 20 years, and now is the time to get involved to help shape the future of our city.

    How our city grows is defined by several guiding documents, including the Official Community Plan (OCP), Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and 20-year Servicing Plan. Based on the 2040 growth scenario endorsed by Council last spring, a draft Future Land Use map has been developed to form one part of the overall growth strategy that will guide decisions on rezoning applications, investments in amenities and transportation, and prioritize utility and servicing improvements.

    The Expo will feature displays and hands-on, family-friendly activities to help participants explore a range of topics, such as transportation, parks, infill housing and future land use. Participants will receive a ‘passport to 2040’ and be entered in a draw to win one of five gift certificates from a local business in each of Kelowna’s five urban centres.

    “We are continuing to use unique engagement formats and participatory feedback options to encourage as much input from our residents as possible,” said Danielle Noble-Brandt, Policy and Planning Department Manager. “The OCP and TMP are framework plans that will guide our future land use and transportation investments to create a future city that is healthy, livable and sustainable.”

    Learn more at kelowna.ca/kelowna2040 and check out our video for more information.

    Residents can participate in the Expo at the following locations:

    Thursday, September 19
    Kelowna Community Theatre
    1375 Water Street
    3:30pm – 6:30pm

    Saturday, September 21
    Rutland Boys and Girls Club
    355 Hartman Road
    11:30am – 3pm

    Wednesday, September 25
    Capital News Centre
    4105 Gordon Drive
    3:30pm – 6:30pm

    Saturday, September 28
    Orchard Park Mall
    2271 Harvey Avenue
    9:30am – 6pm

    Residents unable to attend the Expo in person can give feedback online from September 16 to October 4 at kelowna.ca/kelowna2040.

  • Last day of interactive exhibit to pick your path to 2040

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    Today is your last chance to experience the Official Community Plan interactive exhibit to discover which future scenario for Kelowna 2040 reflects your choices. Through a unique format, you’ll see how future growth might affect neighbourhoods, development and infrastructure decisions made today.

    Join us today:

    Rutland Centennial Hall (180 Rutland Road North)

    3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Based on public input, analysis and research, a preferred growth scenario will be selected for Council’s consideration this fall. The scenario will provide context for the corresponding policy directions recommended in the 2040 Official Community Plan and the Transportation Master Plan.

    For more information and resources, visit kelowna.ca/imaginenext.