This precious water resources we have need to be monitored, protected and managed carefully.

Inclusive Community

Welcome diversity and celebrate our differences

Integrated Neighbourhoods

Zoning is an important tool that will encourage integration.

Expand and improve Public Spaces

Promote the expansion of public markets, “people places,” shopping hubs, parks and recreational facilities.


Promote a Bicycle culture and improved Public Transit

Housing Affordability

A good community must have a variety of housing options for its citizens.

Arts & Culture

Healthy communities include public access to the arts, culture and community events.

The Environment

Expand recycling programs - encourage water and land conservation measures.

UBCM Victoria

2016 Luke Empress

I attended the annual meeting of the Union of BC Muncipalities (UBCM) in Victoria in September. This is the annual gathering of Mayors and Council members from the Province of BC. This was the most productive UBCM meeting I have attended. The week was packed with meetings with Provincial Cabinet Ministers. I attended many workshops as well. Councillors took a close look at Air B&B, and the Provincial shortage of rental housing. (This shortage is everywhere in BC - not just Kelowna) I found myself running from meeting to meeting to get it all in. (This picture of me in front of the Empress and Victoria Conference Centre - where the meetings took place. The weather was beautiful for September.)

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Kelowna Firefighters Pancake Breakfast

Another great turn-out at the Firefighter's breakfast on September 25. Steven Fuhr, our local Member of Parliament, was the rescue victim of the high angle rescue team. The Fire Dept also put on a great demonstration of the destructive nature of fire when they burned two simulated apartments. The one had a sprinkler system, the second did not. No surprise - the sprinkled unit faired much better. Pictured here is myself, Chief Jeff Carlisle, Maxine DeHart , and two volunteers from the Joe Rich Fire Department.
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Protect Farmland

Council takes a stand

It won't be business as usual for a long-established Kelowna nursery and landscaping company.

Neway Landscape and Irrigation Ltd. has been in business since 2003, leasing property at 3740 Casorso Road. However, for several years, it has been a non-conforming farm use.

The property in question is on ALR lands.

The company and its agents came to council Monday seeking approval to continue operating as usual while it slowly moved to make the operation fully conform.

The timeline was 2018.

"I've been in the nursery business for 20 years and I'd like to continue," the owner told council.

"My future, my staff's future could be at stake. I'm trying to see if we could get some support."

Council said no, partly because it is within the Benvoulin corridor, an area council says is full of non-conforming uses, and one which it has asked staff to clean up.

"Really, what we see before us today is an outcome of the direction we gave to staff," said Coun. Luke Stack in leading the charge against the application.

"I think Neway Landscaping is a good company, and I wish them every success in their landscaping construction and irrigation business, but I can't believe that is the right application to be used on this fine farmland."

Stack said the business is primarily a construction business, and should be operating from an industrial site.

"Today, I think, provides council with an opportunity to send a strong, united, firm but fair message, that we can't allow our quality farmland to be slowly converted to commercial, non-farm uses.

"The application on the table before us is for non-farm use. That's what we are being asked, not to help make this a better farm."

While most did struggle with the decision, they agreed not to recommend the application.

"This is a difficult one, and usually, I try to find any way possible to let farming opportunities to remain," said Coun. Charlie Hodge.

"But about 40 per cent of this property is set towards landscaping and irrigation, which isn't allowed. As much as I appreciate there has been a lot of communication with staff, I have to support Coun. Stack on the motion. I think for the sake of farmland, we have to take a stance to protect it."

Mayor Colin Basran commended the owner of the company and understood it was an emotional issue, but stated council has to do what's right for the agricultural community.

"I recognize you are trying to take some measures to bring it up to compliance by planting more nursery stock and make it more of a farm venture," said Basran.

"But this to me is clearly what we are trying to stop in our community."

The mayor urged the owner to continue to work with the city is hopes of eventually being able to bring the property into compliance.

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Pleasantvale Grand Opening

Premier Christy Clark, MP Stephen Fuhr and Mayor Colin Basran cut the ribbon at Pleasantvale on 13th, 2016. It was a perfect day of celebration for a job well done. The residents had an opportunity to mingle with the dignataries. The Society of Hope staff and their partners, BC Housing, Rotary Club of Kelowna and the City of Kelowna had a chance to reflect on the completion of a massive undertaking. Transferring 50 residents from the old site to the new apartments and constructing 20 new townhome units. The entire process took 6 years from early planning to completion. This was a complex project that required many consultants, including Anne Stack, Juliet Anderton, Kane Bentsen, and Norr Architecture. All of us worked hard to get this project off the ground - my deep appreciation to all!  





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Pleasantvale Affordable Housing Grand Opening

2016 Premier Pleasantvale Opening

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