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URBAN DESIGN FOR THE FUTURE
» Thursday 10 May 2012, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited, please reserve yours HERE
Click the arrow below or this link to play the theme song for this event.
» Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell
Open Forum to Examine Ideas and Issues of the Official Community Plan
The Official Community Plan (OCP) provides a policy framework for Council by addressing issues such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, economic development and the natural and social environment. OCPs deal with issues expected to arise over the coming twenty-year period. These plans are typically reviewed/refined every five years to ensure that they continues to meet community needs. A new Kelowna OCP entitled Kelowna 2030: Greening our Future was adopted by City Council on May 30, 2011. The new OCP is intended to address sustainability as the focus of community goals, objectives and policy.
City Council, city staff, developers and professionals (architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, etc.) use the OCP to understand what the community wants as it relates to the delivery of housing and other land uses (types, character), transportation services, infrastructure and amenities. They also use the OCP to understand which areas are suitable for development and which are not (environmentally sensitive areas, steep slopes, hazardous areas, etc.). The public can use the OCP to gain a better understanding of local issues and how they are planned to be addressed or what changes may happen in their neighbourhood.
On Thursday, May 10th at 5 pm the ongoing Okanagan Institute Express series at the Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna presents What's the Plan? Urban Design for the Future. Join us for a lively discussion about the process of urban planning, and how Kelowna has and will determine the future of the cityscape.
Our purpose is to discover what the Official Community Plan is all about, or as much as we are able to in the short time available to us. For this purpose we have obtained the participation of the following local experts:
Gary Stephen, Long Range Planning Manager, City of Kelowna, who is actively involved and primarily responsible for the development, amendment and review of the OCP. Gary has worked in local government planning departments since graduating from UBC in 1974 with his last 24 years spent with the City of Kelowna , being appointed to his present position in September 2009. Prior to his most recent appointment he was involved with the previous OCPs of 1993-1995 and 2000-2004 being responsible for delivery of city policy and land use plans in a wide variety of areas including Glenmore, Southeast Kelowna, Rutland and Black Mountain Since the adoption of the current OCP in May 2011 his duties include the development of indicators to measure progress in fulfilling the OCP vision, goals and objectives and in implementation, ensuring that Council, staff, stakeholder groups and citizens understand the direction in which the City is moving.
Keith Funk, a senior urban planner currently employed by New Town Planning Services of Kelowna. He is the founding partner of New Town Architecture, the principle of New Town Planning and a long standing member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He has over the past 30 years has worked on the integration and design of the Kelowna Downtown Transit Exchange, Downtown Vernon Plan, Midnapore Station Area Plan (Calgary) and several mixed-use 'New Towns'. He is interested in the integration of livability with mobility. An example of this approach is to employ smart growth concepts within a mixed use, compact sub-centre which is 'plugged into' a multi-option means of getting around.
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What's the Plan? Urban Design for the Future takes place at the Bohemian Cafe, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna. This marks the 230th event the Okanagan Institute has held since the Express series got underway in 2007. Express is presented in association with the Okanagan Media Alliance, Okanagan Regional Library and Okanagan College.
Express is directed, convened and hosted by Robert MacDonald, Karen Close, Edward McLean and Neil McKay. It has played host to many Okanagan luminaries, including former deputy secretary general of Amnesty International Derek Evans, artists Lee Claremont and Gary Pearson, BC Book Award nominee Don Gayton, CBC Literary prize winner poet Harold Rhenisch, distinguished editor and author Jim Taylor, poet laureate and professor John Lent, creative entrepreneur Nikos Theodosakis, animator and filmmaker Jim Cliffe, community activist Don Elzer, dancer David LaHay, architect Jim Meiklejohn, culinary artist and writer Heidi Noble, broadcaster Marion Barschel and many others from a wide range of creative fields.
Our mission is to ignite cultural transformation, catalyze collaborative action, build networks and foster sustainable creative enterprises. We invite the participation by all members of the creative community.