|Cultural Report Card
Council received information about the 2016 Cultural Report Card, an infographic which documents progress on implementation of the Cultural Plan in four focus areas, including investment, conversations, activity and visibility. Highlights include new initiatives such as the Cultural Access Pass, increased municipal cultural investment, high levels of citizen satisfaction with cultural facilities and programs, and continuation of the successful artsVest program. To review the report card, visit kelowna.ca/culture.
Council received information about proposed updates to the Water Regulation Bylaw, including implementation of permanent water use restrictions, reduction of the complexity and cost associated with meeting landscape irrigation requirements, provisions to improve compliance, and addressing identified issues with temporary water use. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/watersmart.
Okanagan Rail Trail
Council supported the Trail Development Plan for the Okanagan Rail Trail corridor. Key features include a 4.6-metre-wide continuous route of public access, with a finished surface of compacted crushed aggregate, pedestrian and bicycle crossings, conversion of existing bridges for safe public use and installation of signage. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/OKRailCorridor.
Tax distribution policy
Council approved updates to the Municipal Tax Distribution Policy, which adjust 2015 tax class ratios (e.g. residential, industrial, business, farm) and reflect the 2016 assessment changes in property market values. Based on 2015 information on municipalities over 75,000 populations, Kelowna has the third lowest Business Class ratio and was one of nine that had a Business class ratio under 3.00. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/propertytax.
2030 Infrastructure Plan
Council adopted the 2030 Infrastructure Plan, which strikes an affordable balance of infrastructure projects that maintain levels of service, preserve existing assets, and provide opportunity for growth and economic development. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/2030Kelowna.