Kelowna City Council unanimously agreed to amend a bylaw to increase the maximum building height at Okanagan College from three storeys to six storeys, allowing the college to build a new student residence on campus.
The bylaw comes after the B.C. government announced a student housing initiative in 2019 that would add 216 beds to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. The amendment would also allow future development of six-storey buildings across the entire campus, giving the college the liberty to add larger facilities and amenities.
“This bylaw amendment is important to the college and the city. Housing is a critical issue here and the amended bylaw will support growth on campus and in Kelowna,” said an Okanagan College representative during a council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 30.