Planning staff want Kelowna council to vote on ‘complex’ proposals sooner – Vernon Morning Star

The Kelowna City Planning Department is keen to get City Council input sooner on lofty project proposals.

And a series of procedural changes could be the answer, according to staff.

Council heard on Monday May 10 the idea of ​​the planning department to bring some of the more complex projects to council for consideration much earlier in the process than it is currently doing. The changes would ultimately save city staff and developers time to spend important work on an app if the council isn’t interested in the beginning.

Right now, developers and planning staff invest a lot of time, money and work in projects before city council has a say. For projects that go beyond the OCP framework and garner a non-support recommendation from staff, planners should always work with the developer to get another support recommendation before the board leans for it. first time. This often results in tedious work for the developer and city staff like traffic impact reports that can take over a year.

“Right now Kelowna has a unique approach. Whether it’s a car shed, a major tower development or an area structure plan, they all generally go through the same type of process, ”said city planner Terry Barton.

Citing some of the larger proposals that have been submitted to the city in recent months, Barton said, “The planning department is feeling some stress with the type of development apps we are seeing.”

If the changes are passed through a bylaw amendment, the council would be able to verify before this costly work takes place.

To test the settlement, planners suggest bringing a 46-story tower proposed on Bertram Street, which would be the tallest structure in the city, to council for a quick review.

City council unanimously supported the motion. By-law changes are expected to be presented to council at a subsequent meeting.

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