OK Falls Town Centre Revitalization Plan
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. The purpose of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan is to provide direction and guidance for the future development of Okanagan Falls Town Centre.
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)
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 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.
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.