OK Falls Town Centre Revitalization Plan

Background

In 2013, a new Official Community Plan Bylaw (No.2603) was adopted for Electoral Area "D-2" and included a key objective of “enhance[ing] the vibrancy and attractiveness of Okanagan Falls by supporting a variety of revitalization and beautification programs.”  The Plan also supports concentrating new residential development into the community to create a compact urban form and focuses on waterfront parks and enhanced pedestrian circulation.

In early 2014, the RDOS commissioned a process to develop a design-focused economic revitalization plan and implementation strategy for Okanagan Falls Town Centre.  The objective of this project is to reverse the fortunes of Ok Falls through public and private investments and partnerships, streetscape improvements and quality urban design to make the town centre an enticing place to live, work and play for local residents and visitors.

At its meeting of November 16, 2017, the Planning and Development (P&D) Committee of the Regional District Board resolved to accept the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan as a guiding document for future amendments to the Electoral Area "D-2" Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaws.

Preparation of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan

The purpose of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan is to provide direction and guidance for the future development of Okanagan Falls Town Centre and was completed over three phases between 2014 and 2017.

PHASE 1

Phase 1 was completed in June 2014, and analyzed the current situation and engaged the public in exploring opportunities to revitalize the Ok Falls town centre.

Phase 1 - Summary Report - June, 2014

PHASE 2

Phase 2 was completed in December 2015, and included considerable consultation with the public including a questionnaire and two day design charrette and resulted in a Concept Plan (outlining  proposed public corridors through the private lands and the amount of new commercial development proposed).

At its meeting of April 28, 2016, the Regional District Board accepted the Phase 2 - Okanagan Falls Revitalisation Visions Exercise Report (December 2015), as a guide for future policy planning for the community. 

PHASE 3

The Phase 3 project includes a revision of concepts into policies, planning goals and Development Permit guidelines that could be adopted into the Electoral Area "D-2" Official Community Plan Bylaw.

Draft Phase 3 Report - Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan (version - September 2017)

Incorporation into the Electoral Area "D-2" OCP Bylaw

Following the direction provided by the P&D Committee of the Regional District Board at its meeting of November 17, 2017, the Regional District is approaching the incorporation of the recommendations of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan in three (3) phases.

The first phase will involve amendments to the Electoral Area "D-2" OCP Bylaw No. 2603, 2013, in order to undertake the following:

  • introduction of a new "Town Centre (TC)" designation, which will include objectives and policies derived from the Town Centre Plan;
  • introduction of a new "Town Centre (TC)" designation to Schedule 'B' (OCP Map) of the bylaw and to generally apply this designation to those properties situated north of Highway 97 and bounded by Skaha Lake to the north, Main Street to the east and the Okanagan River Channel to the west;
  • introduction of a new “Okanagan Falls Town Centre Development Permit Area” designation - derived from the Town Centre Plan - to be applied to the same area of land referenced in the above dot point;
  • amend Schedule ‘E’ (Form and Character Development Permit Areas) of the bylaw in order to remove the Okanagan Falls Commercial Development Permit Area designation from the area of land referenced in the second dot point above; and
  • amend the existing objectives and policies associated with the Commercial (C) land use designation to reflect the introduction of the TC designation.

Information regarding subsequent phases will be posted to this web-page, so please check back in the near future for updates.

The status of the Phase 1 amendments to the OCP Bylaw can be tracked below:

Amendment Bylaw Status - Phase 2 (Zoning Amendments)

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Amendment Bylaw No. 2455.39

 

 Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan 

Pubic Information Meeting

TBD

 

Public Hearing

TBD

Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes

 

Public Hearing:

Report

Representations

 

3rd Reading & Adoption:

Administrative Report

Minutes

Amendment Bylaw Status - Phase 1 (OCP Amendments)

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Amendment Bylaw No. 2603.11

 

Schedule 'B'
(Form & Character DP Areas
Schedule 'C'
(Transportation & Trail Network)
(draft version 2018-06-06)

 

Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan 

Public Hearing

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00 am

101 Martin Street Penticton

RDOS Board Room

Public Notice

Feedback Form

Planning & Development Committee:

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes (2017-10-19)

 

Administrative Report

Minutes (2017-11-16)

 

Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes (2018-07-05)

 

Public Hearing:

Report

Representations

 

3rd Reading & Adoption:

Administrative Report

Minutes (2018-08-02)

Contact Us!

For additional information, or to submit comments, please contact:
Christopher Garrish 
Planning Supervisor
cgarrish@rdos.bc.ca
250-490-4101