Deers, Central Green condos hitting council's agenda Monday

The city is considering steps to take with the steady increase of deer over the last couple years.

For the four years between 2012 and 2015, the city got 20 service requests related to deer roaming around in town.

But in 2016 alone, there were 29 requests, with led to another 32 requests coming in last year.

Staff say this issue isn't just a Kelowna one, as it's been popping up in other southern municipalities in that time.

The majority of calls are for landscape issues rather than overly aggressive animals, and staff note that they get the highest number of calls in the winter months.

In looking at potential plans, staff note that a deer cull is somewhat of a PR nightmare, as other communities have experienced plenty of opposition, and haven't seen clear evidence that it's controlled the problem.

For example, deer incidents in Cranbrook have gone up, despite four previous culls.

A limited amount of provincial funding has been made available for municipal deer management programs, but city staff say that government simply hasn't done enough to help cities and towns deal with the issue.

The city will pursue a membership with WildSafe BC  - which is a program designed to cut down conflicts between people and animals.

With future building plans for Central Green up in the air, council is being asked to consider another development on the site.

At last week's meeting, council deferred the approval of a development permit on a five storey, 108-unit apartment building, when it was revealed that a long anticipated high rise on the site was likely not coming.

This week, council's being asked to consider a four storey, 55-unit condo tower.

The building would be the third and final strata building on Central Green, as the other two have already been approved and have started construction.

A staff report says this building would also have the same form and finishes as the previous two.

Of the 55 units, 20 would be three bedrooms, 19 would be two bedrooms, 12 would be one bedrooms, and 4 would be microsuites.

The condo building would be integrated into the north end of the rebuilt Rowcliffe Park, on Richter south of Harvey.

Big plans for the Capri-Landmark area of Kelowna will be presented on Monday.

Since early last year, staff have been working to create a plan for the future development of Kelowna's Capri-Landmark neighbourhood.

That's the area bordered by Harvey, Gordon, Springfield, and Spall, which is being pegged as a prime area to increase density, through future multi-family housing projects.

One of the key parts of the proposed preferred concept plan is the extension of Sutherland all the way to Spall, along with turning it into a street that better prioritizes walking and cycling.

Another key part is Dickson Avenue, which would be established as a main street with streetfront retail and amenities.

Other ideas include establishing more community parks and having a public plaza by the Landmark building.

If council approves the concept plan, staff would complete a transportation review, and build a strategy around how to implement the plan.

After a final plan is put in place, it would be presented to council for final approval, which would likely happen in the spring.