MISINFORMATION may make headlines, but it shouldn't make DECISIONS

The statements presented by ‘Preserve the Heart of KV’ on ‘change.org’ are misleading, misrepresenting historical facts, and casting aspersions on Kettle Valley that have no basis and are harmful to the community.

Dear neighbours,

We have received a high level of community comment regarding the proposed Legacy Neighbourhood and want to thank the community for expressing their support, as well as sharing their concerns.

As the stewards of the Kettle Valley vision over these past 25 years, we appreciate that planned change in the community can appear unexpected, especially for residents unfamiliar with the guiding Master Plan. We interpret such concern as an expression of how successful Kettle Valley is in its mission to be a place built around Community.

We also understand that sometimes conclusions are drawn without the benefit of context or even the facts. And it is for this reason that we want to address the series of misinformation clouding a clear understanding of the proposed Legacy Neighbourhood. We feel compelled to respond to the specific allegations made in the change.org website which cast aspersions on our credibility and motivations, misrepresenting Kettle Valley, its history and legacy.

We wish to reaffirm our commitment to the Kettle Valley community and the values that it stands for by providing factual information. We encourage you to get the facts.

Gary Engle, CEO
Kettle Valley Holdings Ltd.

Get the Facts

City + School District Policy

  • Village of Kettle Valley:
    115.25 hectares | 284.7 acres
  • Zoning:
    CD2 - Kettle Valley Comprehensive Residential Development
  • Development Cap:
    1026 units (112 units remaining)
  • Developer:
    Village of Kettle Valley
  • Commencement:
    1996 | 25-year legacy of building community
  • School District:
    1996 Secondary/Middle School site Option to Purchase Agreement

Legacy Lands

  • Privately owned:
    5.71 ha | 14.11 acre site with gentle centrally positioned in the Village
  • EDINST Zoning:
    Permits school use
  • SD23 decision:
    2016 | Determined it did not want the site for purchase and allowed purchase option to expire
  • City Parks:
    Not seeking to purchase additional Parks + Facilities at Kettle Valley
  • Housing needs:
    Site requires Re-Zoning to respond to community needs, especially more economical housing for families

Legacy Neighbourhood | Proposal

  • Village Homes:
    67 smaller single-family homes for younger families + downsizers.
  • Pedestrian Friendly:
    Streets, lanes and sidewalks promote walking and cycling.
  • More Space to Play:
    25% new dedicated Parks with a new Super8 sports field.
  • Respecting Neighbours:
    Respecting neighbour views + privacy.
  • Park-front Living:
    Park-fronting homes enhance Village character and safety with “eyes on the park.”
  • Less Cars:
    Reduction 2,500 daily vehicle compared to School land use.
  • Public Greenway:
    Dedicated greenway safely connects to Village destinations.
  • Traditional Character:
    House styles and architectural details that celebrate Kettle Valley’s form and character.

SCHOOLS + PARKS | fostering civic spirit


Schools | The Master Plan required Kettle Valley to make available 12 acres for future schools – 6 acres for Chute Lake Elementary + 6 acres for a Secondary or Middle School - in lieu of school site acquisition fees. In 1996, Central Okanagan School District | SD23 established a two-part Option to Purchase Agreement for the Secondary/Middle School site:

  • Part 1: 6 acres could be acquired for $1, in lieu of school site acquisition fees;
  • Part 2: An additional 8.1 acres available for purchase through an agreed upon fair market value appraisal of serviced institutional land, as of 2007 market values. In 2012, SD23 agreed to an appraised value of $5.4M for the 8.1 acre site should they decide to purchase.

In 2016, SD23 decided not to purchase the Kettle Valley Secondary/Middle School site. Per the agreement, if SD23 determined not to construct a school on the site, the other 6 acres that were made available to be purchased for $1 would expire and the lands would remain with Kettle Valley, permitting Rezoning of the site.

Parks | Through building the Master Plan, Kettle Valley has dedicated 22.34 hectares | 55.21 acres of parkland to the City – representing ~20% of the total area. Today, Kettle Valley enjoys more parkland per capita than any other community in the City. And, as the City has grown, its’ focus for new park acquisition and facilities has shifted northwards, to be more central to a greater number of recreational users. In fact, the City’s Park Development Funding Program has no further parks or facilities identified in Kettle Valley.

New Parkland | The Legacy Neighbourhood proposes an additional 1.42 hectares | 3.51 acres of new parkland in Kettle Valley, with all proposed improvements funded by Kettle Valley Holdings Ltd.



SPORTS FIELD | providing for the community

Interim Use | In 1998, Kettle Valley worked with the City to construct a sports field as part of the Partners in Parks program, funding the materials, construction and irrigation of the field, including taking on the liabilities of public access to the private lands. The City benefited from the $1 per year lease of the land, while Kettle Valley residents benefited from this partnership and the enjoyment of the temporary sports field.

New Playfield | The Legacy Neighbourhood repositions the playfield as part of the Quilchena Park expansion, resizing it to provide a Super 8 Field recommended* for children and youth practice and play. In addition to donating the land, Kettle Valley has also agreed to finance the construction of the irrigated playfield as part of the neighbourhood’s completion. *https://activeforlife.com/size-matters/



TRAFFIC | reducing demand + congestion

City Report | In May 2017, the City of Kelowna undertook a Southwest Mission Sector Transportation Update, identifying the majority of sector delays were associated with Lower Mission schools - during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. The City stated that free flow travel speeds cannot be guaranteed during daily congestion peaks. As the pattern of school congestion is not a structural capacity problem, the City concluded that Southwest Mission does not have a congestion problem.

New Streets | The Legacy Neighbourhood proposes less cars with a reduction of 2,500 daily vehicle trips compared to a Secondary/Middle School.

Welcome Legacy Neighbourhood | Digital Open House

Purpose

Welcome to our digital Open House for the Kettle Valley Legacy Neighbourhood OCP Amendment and Rezoning. Although the ongoing pandemic prohibits meeting in-person, we are excited to share the vision for Kettle Valley’s final phase - the Legacy Neighbourhood.

You will be able to provide your feedback and comments at the bottom of the page. All feedback will be summarized and provided to Council as part of the OCP + Rezoning Application.

Proposal

The Legacy Neighbourhood is Kettle Valley’s final phase. The Neighbourhood provides an opportunity to complete the Village with a new sports field, park additions, and greenway, while also building homes that respond to the needs of the community – younger home buyers, families, and downsizers seeking to stay within Kettle Valley.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kettle's Vision Community at the Core

Centred on Community

In the early 1990’s, the property that would become Kettle Valley was slated for a golf course subdivision. When the land was sold to Kettle Valley Holdings, the planning team at EKISTICS seized the opportunity to create a ‘traditional town’ centred on community.

Timeless Design

From narrow tree-lined streets + hidden garages, to local main street shops and parks, timeless design principles have created a sense of place at Kettle Valley and served to slow traffic and increase safety for families who call the community home.

Kettle Valley's Final Phase

  • Having launched the success of Kettle Valley through its traditional town Masterplan in 1994, Kettle Valley has re-engaged EKISTICS to undertake the design of the community’s final phase.
  • Through its 25 years, Kettle Valley has won numerous awards including “Best Community in Canada”and remains a landmark community in the Okanagan.
  • Kettle Valley has enjoyed great success due to it’s commitment to the original Masterplan, creating a community that residents are proud to be a part of.
  • With Kettle Valley’s success, $1M homes have become common - often pricing out the families Kettle Valley seeks to attract.
  • The Legacy Neighbourhood is Kettle Valley’s final phase, and provides an opportunity to complete the community with homes for everyone in the heart of Kettle Valley.

Today's Challenge

  • While today the design principles that make Kettle Valley feel special are widely acknowledged as the foundation of good city planning - 25 years ago, launching Kettle Valley was not without its challenges.
  • Today, our challenge is to provide homes that address the needs of the community - younger homebuyers and families, as well as dowsizers wanting to stay within Kettle Valley.

Realizing a Sustainable Community The Road to a Complete Community

LIVING WELL
A Network of Parks + Pathways

  • Provide public parks that are accessible within a 5-minute walking distance of each home.
  • Link neighbourhoods with a pedestrian network.
  • Program active and passive community parks for gatherings + recreation.
  • Create a variety of parks to accommodate different activities and age groups.
  • Plan shared recreational facilities to ensure maximum community use and cost effectiveness.
  • Celebrate the unique views and vistas.

LIVING LOCAL
A Vibrant Community

  • Accommodate a range of lifestyles and life-stages.
  • Plan for “aging in place”.
  • Create a walkable neighbourhood for shopping, recreation and social gathering.
  • Incorporate residential density to support local businesses and community facilities.
  • Incorporate a sense of place in the design.
  • Rekindle the spirit of the public realm, especially streets, parks, plazas for arts and culture.

LIVING LIGHTLY
A Walkable Nighbourhood

  • Create a sense of place within each neighbourhood.
  • Provide a coherent neighbourhood pattern of streets + pathways with a variety of home + lot sizes.
  • Design streets for people and ensure an enjoyable pedestrian experience.
  • Promote neighbourhood safety by designing homes that address the public realm with “eyes on the street and the park.”
  • Provide dedicated neighbourhood bike and pedestrian pathways to link community destinations.
  • Reduce vehicle trips by locating basic neighbourhood services close to home.

Village Context Heart of Kettle Valley

Central to the Community

  • The Legacy Neighbourhood is Kettle Valley’s final phase. Located in the heart of the Village, the 14-acre site at 410 Providence Avenue was originally designated for a secondary school.
  • The Legacy Neighbourhood sits within a gentle terrace with layered views.
  • Located at the centre of the Kettle Valley Community, the site is accessed from three streets including Quilchena Drive, Thalia Street, and Providence Avenue.
  • The Neighbourhood is within a 5 minute walk to Main Street Shops, Chute Lake Elementary School, and multiple Playfields and Parks.

Policy Framework What's on the Books

Land Use Designation

The Legacy Neighbourhood is designated in the the Official Community Plan for Educational / Major Institutional Uses.

Secondary School

  • In 2016, the School District determined that the site was no longer required.
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  • In 2017, Kettle Valley submitted a Rezoning Application supported by staff, with Council ultimately directing Kettle Valley to resolve the School District’s interest in the land prior to moving forward with redevelopment.
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  • In 2019, an agreement was reached with the School District allowing the Legacy Neighbourhood to proceed.

Site History Why the Change

1996 Master Plan

  • The 1996 Kettle Valley Plan designated the site for a two-storey secondary school with a full height gymnasium, playfield, 300 stall parking lot and bus drop-off loop.
  • Kettle Valley permitted the City of Kelowna to operate the site as a sports field until the site’s future was determined.
  • In 2014, the School District determined that the land was no longer required for the development of a secondary school.
  • The lands’ 14-acre size, gentle topography and central position all afford the opportunity to complete the Village.

Site Analysis Understanding the Land

Located in the heart of the Village, the 14-acre site at 410 Providence Avenue is planned as Kettle Valley’s Final Phase. The following plans illustrate the site’s unique characteristics and features.


Aerial Analysis

Located at the centre of the Kettle Valley Community, the site is accessed from three streets including Quilchena Drive, Thalia Street, and Providence Avenue.

The Neighbourhood is within a 5 minute walk to Main Street Shops, Chute Lake Elementary School, and multiple Playfields and Parks.

Landform Analysis

The Legacy Neighbourhood sits within a gentle terrace at the base of Tulameen ridge.

The existing homes along Tulameen Road sit approximately one to three storeys above the Legacy Neighbourhood terrace.

Slope

The Legacy Neighbourhood is positioned on a significant level terrace at the base of Tulameen Ridge.

The Tulameen Ridge physically and visually separates the Legacy Neighbourhood from the existing homes located along Tulameen Road.

provide points of gentle at grade access into the Neighbourhood.

Aspect

Owning to its significant level terrace, the site receives ample amounts of sunshine throughout the day.

Important community views over the site exist from both the Main Street Park terminus and Tulameen Ridge.

In addition, the site provides views into Quilchena Park as well as the surrounding mountains.

Re-Imagining the Site Community-Centered Design

Design Approach

  • Work with the Land: Extend the site’s landings, employing hillside forms to maximize accessibility and views.
  • Preserve Views + Privacy: Extend parks and provide generous yards, protecting existing yards and view corridors.
  • Enhance the Neighbourhood: Complete streets with homes that address their neighbours, and offer park-front living.
  • Distribute Traffic: Establish entrance on Quilchena with a looping Local Street pattern.
  • Variety of Single Family Homes: Ensure a diversity of homes with both front driveways and rear lanes.
  • Prioritize the Pedestrian Experience: Extend tree-lined streets with connecting public Greenway and sidewalks between destinations minimizing conflicts with cars.
  • Enlarge Parks: Add to Quilchena and Main Street Parks with new parkland and connecting Greenway – making it safe for all.
  • Add Amenity: Build new Super 8 Playfield with grassed hillside seating, Wildflower Meadow, Flowering Bosque and Tree-lined Greenway.

Legacy Neighbourhood

Continuing the traditional neighbourhood patterns enjoyed at Kettle Valley, the Legacy Neighbourhood proposes a pedestrian-scaled, walkable neighbourhood designed to complete the Village.

Traditional Town Street Design Completing Our Streets

Neighbourhood Circulation

  • The street circulation of the Legacy Neighbourhood strengthens the existing Traditional Town character of Kettle Valley. The design offers lane accessed homes reflecting the existing pattern of Kettle Valley while providing a pedestrian focused streetscape. This includes tree lined streets, boulevard separated sidewalks, and pedestrian oriented lighting.
  • The design distributes neighbourhood traffic by providing two neighbourhood entrances from Quilchena Drive with a looping local street, as well as rear lane access to the majority of homes.
  • The daily trip count for the proposed 67 units is estimated to be less than 200 cars per day. This is a drastic reduction from the 700 cars per day if a School Site was developed on the lands, as previously planned.

Relating to Our Neighbours
Respecting Views + Privacy

Preserving Views

  • The existing homes along Tulameen Road sit within a range of one to three storeys above the Legacy Neighbourhood terrace.
  • This elevation difference physically and visually separates the Legacy Neighbourhood from the Ridge and preserves views to Okanagan Lake and West Kelowna.
  • In addition, the Neighbourhood design provides a park edge or private yard space as a transition with adjacent Tulameen residents.
  • The design completes the unfinished street edge of Quilchena Drive, Providence Avenue, and Thalia Street with fronting rear access homes.
  • The design utilizes the existing rear lane adjacent to Quilchena Park - limiting the need for additional road and creating an public buffer with existing residents.

Housing Diversity A Home for Everyone

Neighbourhood Pattern

The Legacy Neighbourhood is an extension of the existing Kettle Valley urban pattern - reinforcing the Village’s street and home character.

The Legacy Neighbourhood is composed of 67 new Lane and Street Access homes to meet the community needs to accommodate a variety of lifestyles, life stages and incomes.

The Design includes the following home types:

  • Legacy Homes | Street
    • Base of Tulameen Ridge
    • Street driveway
  • Legacy Homes | Lane
    • Large corner lots
    • Lane garage
  • Traditional Homes | Lane
    • Fronting Quilchena and Thalia
    • Lane garage
  • Village Homes | Lane
    • Internal street + park fronting
    • Lane garage

Traditional Character Celebrating Kettle Valley

Neighbourhood Architecture

Continuing the traditional neighbourhood patterns enjoyed at Kettle Valley, the Legacy Neighbourhood proposes a pedestrian-scaled, walkable neighbourhood designed to complete the Village.

  • The Legacy Neighbourhood includes a range of 67 new single-family homes, designed to celebrate and reinforce the existing form and character of Kettle Valley.
  • House styles and architectural details that celebrate Kettle Valley’s form and character;
  • Neighbourhood homes will enhance the communities existing form and character.

Expanded Parks More Space to Play

Neighbourhood Play

The Legacy Neighbourhood dedicates 25% of the site for public green spaces including parks, sports field, landscaped boulevards, and a linking public Greenway.

  • Pedestrian Friendly: Coherent pattern of streets, lanes and sidewalks promote walking and cycling through the neighbourhood.
  • Park Additions: 25% dedication to Parks with additions to Main Street and Quilchena Parks, featuring a new sports field.
  • Respecting Neighbours: Designed with the land to respect neighbour views + privacy with landscape screening.
  • Greenway: Dedicated greenway safely connects pedestrians through the neighbourhood to Village destinations.
  • Park-front Living: Series of park-fronting homes enhance Village character and safety with “eyes on the park.”

With the adoption of the Legacy Neighbourhood OCP amendment and Rezoning, Kettle Valley will build the parks, sports field and public realm features with dedication to the City of Kelowna as part of a Development Agreement.

Planning Process We Want to Hear From You

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Completing the Neighbourhood

  • Thank you for participating in the digital open house for the Kettle Valley Legacy Neighbourhood OCP Amendment and Rezoning.
  • All feedback will be summarized and provided to Council as part of the OCP + Rezoning Application.
  • Comments and feedback can be submitted on the website between April 19th to 30th.

Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to email swells@kettlevalley.com.

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