Thomson Flats is a new community currently seeking development approval in south Kelowna.


COMPLETING UPPER MISSION

IN KELOWNA, BC

OUR VISION: COMPLETING UPPER MISSION

FINAL ASP REPORT

KEY PROJECT INFORMATION: FACT VS FICTION

Fiction: Urban Sprawl

Fact: Suburban Infill

Thomson Flats is the missing piece of the Mission puzzle:
  • Pipes and utilities are in place and sized to accommodate this development
  • In place roads connect to it
  • It creates a ring road around Upper Mission and introduces new access
  • It will reduce traffic pressures on other routes

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Motorized vehicles have damaged the sensitive Rembler Creek environmental area.

Fiction: DESTRUCTION OF REMBLER CREEK

Fact: Restoration and remediation for improved biodiversity

Extensive environmental restoration will repair the damage done by motorized trespassers, farming, logging, wildfires and encroachment of suburban development. The 2003 Debris Fire Berm will also be repaired. Restoration will provide basic protection to the creek and its inhabitants, something it is currently missing. Restored, Rembler Creek will support a variety of activities: walking, jogging, dog walking, hiking, and cycling. This activity will be separated from the restored creek-bed, with a separate bike lane, multi-use path and a gravel trail.
  • Access to the park will be channeled and controlled - no more off-road vehicles.
  • 117 ha or 46% of the site will remain naturalized.

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Fiction: NATURAL HABITAT FOR THE GREAT BASIN SPADEFOOT TOADS WILL BE DESTROYED

Fact: Restored riparian habitat makes the Toads "at home"

We extensively studied the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad via GPS tracking to ensure that our restored creek habitat maintains the population and protects their breeding grounds. The restoration will return the creek to its original channel and create a riparian habitat with connectivity from Bellevue Creek corridor to the Okanagan.

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Fiction: THOMSON FLATS WILL INCREASE COMMUTE TIMES SIGNIFICANTLY FOR CURRENT RESIDENTS.

Fact: SPR Adds New Access Options for residents of Mission and the Kettle Valley

As planned development proceeds in the Kettle Valley, South Ridge, and the Ponds, the traffic delays and commute times will increase without the development of Thomson Flats. The addition of South Perimeter Road, which connects Chute Lake Road to Gordon Drive, creates more route options through the area, and will reduce traffic and thus drive time throughout the area.

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Fiction: School District 23 has enough capacity to accommodate planned growth.

Fact: SD 23 projects over 600 new students by 2030

School District 23 anticipates 650 new students by 2030, and 600 more by 2040. Thomson Flats accommodates a middle or small secondary school on up to 4.0 hectares with potential for sports fields. SD 23 has identified Thomson Flats as an ideal location for a new school.

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Fiction: The area has enough traffic congestion, adding more homes will just make things worse.

Fact: Thomson Flats solves Upper Mission challenges

In addition to solving some of Upper Mission's key transportation frustrations, developing Thomson Flats adds a population base that makes Upper Mission more attractive for commercial activity. The addition of Thomson Flats will in essence make The Ponds commercial site viable, sooner. Commercial development in this area is well aligned with the City of Kelowna's 2040 OCP update, adding walkable retail services and employment opportunities. Overall, Thomson Flats is aligned with the fundamental principles of Kelowna’s 2040 OCP, including care of the natural and social environment, supporting economic development, a beautiful park amenity designed to support all transportation modes. It also solves a current and growing transportation challenge with a new access road built by the developer (rather than with city funds)

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Beautiful Jack Smith Lake is at the east end of Thomson Flats.

Project Stakeholders

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