Where is the site located and what is currently onsite?

The “Legacy Neighbourhood” (410 Providence Ave) is an undeveloped 14.11acre parcel of land in the master planned community of Kettle Valley, which is located at the heights of Kelowna’s Upper Mission. It is the last remaining parcel in the Kettle Valley development and provides an opportunity to complete the community with new housing and a range of community amenities.

What is Kettle Valley proposing?

The owners of the site are proposing to complete the final piece of the Kettle Valley Neighbourhood Plan with a range of housing, including 19 single family homes, 14 duplexes and 66 townhomes and several significant community amenities that will deliver long-term community benefits. These include a permanent, full-size sports field, a Community Green and Pavilion and landscaped pedestrian path that connects these amenity spaces.

The final Legacy Neighbourhood Plan designates nearly 50% of the site for parks and open space, protecting the hillside, providing new habitat and maintaining Cedar Creek Trail safe route between Main Street and Quilchena Parks. In addition to providing the land for new parks, Kettle Valley will be responsible for financing the facilities and constructing the proposed new park features.

What happened to the previous application to build housing on this site?

In 2016 and 2020, previous applications for the Kettle Valley Legacy Neighbourhood were presented to Council but did not receive sufficient support to move forward. In response, the Kettle Valley planning team has undertaken a robust community consultation and engagement process, including a series of community open houses and facilitated workshops. The final plan for the Legacy Neighbourhood reflects the community priorities identified during the consultation process.

When will the new soccer field be completed?

Subject to Council’s approval of the Final Legacy Neighbourhood concept, construction of the new soccer field will be prioritized. Development of the new soccer field is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2023 and be complete by summer 2023.

What happened to the plans to build a school here?

A portion of the Legacy Neighbourhood was originally designated as a high school site and playing field in the original Kettle Valley Master Plan, which was developed in the 1990’s.

The Master Plan (1996) 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. In 2019, the School District removed all legal rights to the lands as a school site, and the developers of Kettle Valley became the owners of the land.

While waiting for the school to be in demand, the owners of the Legacy Neighbourhood site funded the construction of a temporary sports field in 1998. Over the past 26 years, the lands have remained undeveloped, and the owners of the site have been leasing the sports field to the City for $1/year.

What is being done to mitigate traffic impacts?

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 Final Legacy Neighbourhood generates far less traffic than originally permitted by the Secondary School. In fact, the Final Plan reflects a reduction of 2,500 daily vehicle trips compared to a Secondary School. The Final Plan distributes new traffic through a looping local street from Quilchena Drive - with rear lanes serving all homes. The Plan continues Kettle Valley’s pedestrian focused streetscape of tree-lined streets, boulevard separated sidewalks, and pedestrian oriented lighting.

Will the new homes in this development be affordable?

The Legacy Neighbourhood includes a range of new single-family, duplex and townhome forms that address the needs of the community. The project will provide a variety of housing types, including smaller and more attainable housing options, designed to accommodate a range of demographics and income levels.

Have you listened to the community? What changes have you made in response to input?

Between the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022, the Kettle Valley planning team facilitated 10 community meetings, including a series of in-person listening sessions, an on-line workshop and an Open House:

  • OCTOBER 2021: LISTENING Tour | 6 In-person workshops - 50 attendees
  • FEBRUARY 2022: WHAT WE HEARD Tour | 2 In-person + 1 online workshop - 72 attendees
  • APRIL 2022: OPEN HOUSE | 1 In-Person Open House Meeting – 35 attendees

Our 5-month Community Consultation provided an opportunity to re-imagine the 14-acre Legacy lands together within the context of Kettle valley’s final phase. After careful listening to our neighbours, balancing competing interests and acting to articulate a shared vision for the lands, Kettle valley submitted a new OCP Amendment + rezoning Application to the City in March 2022.

Key changes that have been implemented, and features that have been retained, in response to community input include:

  • Retain natural hillside greenspace + neighbour privacy
  • Enhance habitat + integrated with winding Cedar Creek Trail
  • Recognize Community Heart along Thalia St with new Commons Park
  • Expand Parkland to nearly ~50% of site (previously 25%)
  • New Orchard Meadow Park
  • Retain gentle pedestrian-friendly 2.5m wide Cedar Creek trail as park connector linking Main St and Quilchena Park
  • Retain and repositioned Full-Size Sportsfield adjacent to existing parking and washrooms
  • Provide variety of Single Family, Duplex + Townhomes
  • Retain Traditional Character in Design Guidelines
  • New Community Social Events Heart Pavilion
  • New Thalia Green to open up site lines + access at corner of Thalia and Quilchena
  • Introduce Duplex homes along public street
  • Replace Townhomes with 2-storey Duplexes to match Thalia + Quilchena neighbours
  • Additional parking within Quilchena Park
  • Traffic Calming with Quilchena Roundabout + Providence narrowed crosswalks
  • Enhance park features with new benches + picnic tables
  • Reduce Neighbourhood Density to 99 homes: 19 Single Family, 14 Duplex + 66 Townhomes

Where is Kettle Valley in the planning process? Has this project already been approved by the City of Kelowna?

The Kettle Valley Planning Team proposed 3 different concepts for the Legacy Neighbourhood between 2016 and 2022. The final concept has been informed by a robust community consultation and engagement process. A revised rezoning and OCP Amendment application was submitted in March 2022, reflecting community priorities identified throughout the consultation process.

This project has not yet been approved and will be subject to the City-led public process, which includes further public consultation, review by the City’s Planning and Engineering Departments and committees, and an eventual Public Hearing. Completion of an OCP amendment is required to implement the project plan. It is anticipated that this project will come before Council for a Public Hearing in the spring of 2023.

How long will construction take?

Subject to Council approval, we envision construction of the new soccer field to be complete by summer 2023. Construction of the Legacy Neighbourhood is anticipated to take place over three years, starting in spring of 2024.

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