Connecting Our Region
The Regional Transportation Plan identifies transportation projects and priorities that will help build and maintain a healthy, thriving and connected future for the Central Okanagan region. It will help create a region where more people can choose sustainable and affordable transportation options.
The draft plan sets the direction for regional, local and Indigenous governments in the Central Okanagan to work together to:
- Move people and goods more efficiently
- Achieve fast and reliable transit throughout the region
- Improve local connections to regional transit
- Create a safe and convenient region-wide bike and trail network
- Incorporate new mobility options
- Reduce future greenhouse gas emissions
This is the first region-wide transportation plan for the Central Okanagan. The long-range, high-level plan was developed following more than two years of technical studies, consultation, and unprecedented collaboration across the region.
The Regional Transportation Plan provides a framework that communities and the Province can use to continue collaborative planning and project development.
In summer 2020, a draft of the plan and its sub-components, including the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and the Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, will be presented to regional Councils and the RDCO Board, followed by public consultation.
Please note that there will be an opportunity for public input in summer 2020. Stay tuned for details and sign up for e-updates.
Consultation with the STPCO partners, stakeholders and the public will take place throughout the planning process.
A public engagement opportunity is open until August 20, 2020 to review and provide feedback on the Regional Transportation Plan and its sub-components, the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy.
Engagement activities will be available in a digital format to follow advice from the Provincial Medical Health Officer in regard to COVID-19. Based on feedback, the plans will be updated and refined, with final versions expected to be presented to each of the STPCO partner Councils and the RDCO Board for endorsement in fall 2020.
A draft of the plan and its sub-components, including the Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and the Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy, will be presented to regional Councils and the RDCO Board on the following dates.
- June 15, City of Kelowna
- June 16, City of West Kelowna
- June 29, Westbank First Nation
- July 7, District of Lake Country
- July 9, Regional District of Central Okanagan
- July 14, District of Peachland
In the spring of 2019, we launched Let’s Talk Transportation, a regional conversation event and an online questionnaire, to understand the values and interests of Central Okanagan residents and obtain input on potential transportation options.
On April 24, 2019, 90 people from across the region gathered at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) to take part in an in-depth conversation about the future of transportation in the region.
To broaden the engagement, we sought input from the general public through a multipart, in-depth questionnaire posted to the smartTRIPS website. In total, 577 people shared their thoughts and opinions.
- Vision, goals and regional transportation network (2018)
- Existing and future conditions (2019)
- Transportation scenarios (2019)
- Governance and implementation strategy (2020)
- Plan development (2020)
A transportation system that connects people to regional destinations within the Central Okanagan and beyond, supporting and enhancing the region’s economy, social networks, and natural ecosystem.
Economic growth: supports regional economic growth
Quality of life:
The Regional Transportation Plan is a project of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO), a collaboration of the District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Regional District of Central Okanagan. The STCPO is focused on environmentally responsible/sustainable transportation solutions that strengthen the economy and quality of life in the region.