The vision to revitalize one of Kelowna’s major urban centres now has a detailed, long-term plan in place. On Monday, April 1, City Council endorsed the Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan, establishing a strategy to enhance and redevelop one of Kelowna’s central neighbourhoods over the next 20 years and beyond.
“This plan has been the result of an extensive engagement process over the past two years and sets the direction to create a vibrant neighbourhood where residents will be able to live and work,” said Ross Soward, Project Manager. “The Capri-Landmark Plan will guide public and private investments in this area, creating an opportunity to establish high-quality public spaces and a mix of transportation options that will support future growth and shape complete communities.”
The Capri Centre Mall opened its doors in 1960, and the area began to evolve into a major employment hub in the mid-1990s with the construction of the first Landmark Tower. Today, the Capri-Landmark Urban Centre is home to approximately 450 businesses supporting 5,200 jobs, making it Kelowna’s second largest employment centre. Significant growth has signaled a demand to improve transportation and other forms of urban development such as housing and community park space. The Capri-Landmark Plan aims to connect and transform these two busy employment-oriented areas.
The final Plan builds on the preferred concept approved by Council, highlighting feedback received from the community around improving walkability and traffic flow, strengthening cycling connections, adding more public spaces and parks, and encouraging diverse housing types. The Plan also aligns with Kelowna’s growth management strategy and community vision to build denser, healthier neighbourhoods, which allows for sustainable growth, decreases the cost of infrastructure and servicing, preserves agricultural land and supports the goal of creating urban centres as hubs for future economic development.
“With city growth projected at an additional 50,000 people by 2040, ensuring Kelowna’s five urban centres have the capacity to accommodate the growth is essential,” added Soward.
Next steps will see staff move forward with updating the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw to support the redevelopment objectives of the Plan. Learn more about the Capri-Landmark Centre Plan online at kelowna.ca.