2010 Residential Development
City of Kelowna, British Columbia
Zoning for Housing
Influencing supply to meet the range of housing needs is a huge challenge to every municipality. To close this gap, the City of Kelowna has systematically examined and changed its zoning in recent years to allow as many housing forms and related support services as possible in all neighbourhoods. Related regulations, such as parking requirements, have similarly been reviewed and amended to reflect actual needs for certain housing types — including boarding homes, congregate housing, group living homes and supportive housing. Many of these changes were inspired by a 1998 review of the city’s zoning bylaw, but others have since been added. For example, the city has successfully partnered with BC Housing to bring supportive housing to the community, allowing Kelowna to stay current and be consistent with housing needs, as well as with provincial priorities.
All BC Housing-funded projects (four buildings since 2004) have achieved LEED® Gold certification, are centrally located and accessible to transit. Zoning strategies and regulations are transferable and can be adapted for any municipality once a workable model is achieved. While zoning projects often focus on only one aspect of housing, such as secondary suites, Kelowna has developed a comprehensive approach that is working well and can be shared with other communities.
- Land partnerships have secured over $35 million in senior government capital funding
- All four BC Housing-funded projects are LEED® Gold standard
- Zoning strategies are transferable and adaptable for any community