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After 2 years of community engagement, City Council endorses Imagine Kelowna

Kelowna City Council has endorsed a long term vision for the constantly changing and growing city.

A process that began in May 2016, Imagine Kelowna is includes a vision, principles and goals to guide the development of future plans and initiatives.

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“Kelowna citizens have made it clear that as we grow, we need to look out for one another and protect the stunning environment that sustains us,” said Mayor Colin Basran.

“Our vision for an inclusive, welcoming, prosperous and sustainable future calls on us all to be ambitious and embrace the challenges ahead.”

Imagine Kelowna includes projects like the Official Community Plan update (Our Kelowna as we Grow) and the Transportation Master Plan (Our Kelowna as we Move).

It was created with more than two years of public engagement, including 40 community events, thousands of online and paper submissions, more than 30 in depth community interviews and 25 presentations to local organizations.

“We heard from our community that Kelowna is an incredible place to call home,” said Project Manager, Rafael Villarreal. “The goals of the long-term vision describe a welcoming community where lifestyle and economic opportunities are available to everyone.”

“This means ensuring that everybody who lives here can make a living, find suitable housing, and get around easily and safely.”

With more than 4,000 resident contributions, it’s a vision created by the community, for the community.

Basran explained that it’s not something that can be achieved by government alone, as it needs organizations, institutions, businesses and agencies to step up.

Together, these parties can change the way Kelowna works together, makes decisions and engages with the city’s residents.

“Ultimately, Imagine Kelowna is the community’s vision to ensure a vibrant and resilient future,” he said. “It is up to all of us to imagine what’s next and help make Imagine Kelowna a reality.”

Kelowna last community vision was completed in 1992 and focused on protection agriculture, delivering an active transportation network, establishing a cultural district and create town centres like Pandosy and Rutland.

Click this link to see the entire Imagine Kelowna report, which was endorsed by City Council today.

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