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Sweeping views and inspiring access to the most storied location on the lake is where the dream begins. With a mix of public and private amenities, our vision for Aqua is to be an asset for all. It is with great humility, care and attention that we take on this challenge.

Plans for Aqua include an impressive indoor boat storage and valet service that will expand on the current operations of Aqua Marine Valet.


Click here for the Aqua Community Master Plan & Vision Summary

Click here for the Aqua Video

 


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Click here to view the Aqua Video

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Planning Update – December 8, 2017

On May 2, 2017, City of Kelowna Council gave Third Reading to a bylaw to formalize the C9 - Tourist Commercial zoning for the Aqua lands. This zoning permits our overall master plan which includes approximately 350 homes in three residential buildings.  It also permits the operation of the Aqua Marine Valet boat storage facility, as well as various retail and commercial opportunities, bringing significant community amenities and services to this new waterfront destination. 

The next stage in the process is to secure a Development Permit.  In the time since rezoning approval was achieved, the Aqua plan has been refined based on the comments received from our neighbours, the community and the City staff.   The updated Development Permit Application addresses the form and character of the plan and will be presented for Council’s consideration on January 23, 2018.  Within this application, Mission Group is seeking Council’s approval for building heights above the six story limit currently permitted in the C9 zone.  The Development Permit is the final stage of the public approvals process.

Refinements that have been made to the plan since the May 2, 2017 council meeting have focused on reinforcing Aqua’s contextual relationship to the lakefront setting and the surrounding neighborhood while enhancing the public benefits that this comprehensive development will bring to the community.

A Waterfront Destination - Progression of the Plan

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Lower building heights, improved scale

A reduction in heights for the three residential buildings from (originally) 13-19 stories to (currently) 12-16 stories.  Aqua’s two, three, and four storey podium creates a comfortable pedestrian scale, which is activated at each edge by townhomes, boutique retail, residential lobbies or the AMV Clubhouse Amenity.  The stepped building forms above, provide a strong gesture of green terraces, progressing towards the water, capturing sunlight and views while breaking down the scale of the twelve, fourteen and sixteen storey buildings.  

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Enhanced boat storage building 

At the forefront of the development, the Aqua Marine Valet (AMV) Facility will continue to act as a gateway to the new community, while anchoring a vibrant public realm and creation of “place”.  A newly refined building design that includes the integration of the four-story Aqua Marine Valet (AMV) facility into the podium of the building provides a seamless transition between structures, while the addition of boutique storefront retail brings amenities and vibrancy to the neighborhood.  

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Cook Road Boat Launch & Public Washrooms

We have worked with various City staff departments on maximizing the efficiency of the Cook Road Boat Launch parking area.  While these works are related to the land exchange agreement between Aqua Resort and the City of Kelowna, they serve to enhance and reinforce the Tourist Commercial nature of this neighbourhood.  To this end, we will provide new public washroom facilities within the Aqua Marine Valet building.  This contribution to public infrastructure allows for the existing washroom facilities at the corner of Lakeshore and Cook Road to be removed in favour of additional vehicle parking, thereby improving the existing parking situation in this location.

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More connected

A series of public pathways will be the central features in organizing this community.  These areas will be connected by greenways to create a pedestrian and cyclist friendly neighborhood.  Permeable east-west and north-south access through the development site and beyond has been maximized.   Attention has been given to ensure pedestrian connections are cohesive with a focus on providing landmark elements and new access points that will open up the waterfront to the public.

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More ways to enjoy the lakefront

The public waterfront will be defined by distinct areas that reinforce a strong sense of place within the community.  As the heart of this neighborhood, this public realm space will be active and animated by pedestrians, cyclists, and the boating community with daily leisure and boating activities and people watching.  Integration of commercial amenity uses along the public lakefront boardwalk improve public access and enjoyment of the waterfront.  This commercial amenity will be part of the Aqua Marine Valet operation and will provide rental of non-motorized watercraft such as paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks to the public.

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Enhanced commitment to the foreshore  

Aqua will be aligned with the City of Kelowna’s ongoing “Long Term Foreshore Strategy”.  This strategy includes the management of sediment from Mission Creek while seeking to expand biodiversity.  Aqua will contribute to the creation of the necessary infrastructure along this area of foreshore.  While the strategy has not been finalized, the expected result will include the potential for a new, publicly accessible beach, providing enriched recreational opportunities caused by the accretion of sand in front of the newly constructed public waterfront boardwalk.  Aqua will contribute financially to this long-term infrastructure to make this strategy a reality.

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Next Steps

Mission Group is proud of the work we’ve completed and the resulting improvements to the Aqua plan. We hope that the community’s expectations, for a beautiful, publicly accessible, ‘landmark’ destination in the Mission Creek neighbourhood, will be met with our continued efforts.

The final public approvals for Aqua will include the following requests:

  • A Development Permit to approve the form and character of the proposed Aqua community.
  • A Development Variance permit to allow:
    • Residential building heights of 12, 14 and 16 storeys (where 6 storeys is currently permitted)
    • The proposed height of the indoor boat storage facility of 17.5m (where 6.0m is currently permitted).
    • Reduced building setbacks on portions of Truswell and the new Cook Road extension to 0.0m to allow for commercial retail spaced (where 4.5m/6.0m minimum setbacks are currently required).

More detailed information regarding the Aqua Community plan, the background and the design rationale can be found in in our Community Master Plan and Vision Summary

 

Public information Meeting – January 18, 2018 *
Hotel Eldorado
500 Cook Road
Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm


Kelowna City Council Consideration – January 23, 2018 * 
Council Chamber, City Hall
1435 Water Street
Time: 6:00pm

 

For more information, please contact Mary Lapointe at mlapointe@missiongroup.ca  or at 250-826-7670.

 


 

City Council Approves Rezoning Application - May 3, 2017

On May 2nd, 2017, after a year in planning and community consultation, the rezoning bylaw for Aqua was unanimously given Third Reading by Kelowna City Council.  With this decision, the Aqua planning team will now shift its’ focus to achieving the next step in the approvals process, the Development Permit.  The DP is the final step in the public approvals process in which the City must consider the plan’s overall design.  More information will be provided in the near future. 

 

Planning Update - April 7, 2017

Evolution of the Aqua Plan...

A good plan is always the result of broad community perspectives and the Aqua plan - from its original form, nearly ten years ago to the form that the plan takes today – has had the benefit of input from many of our neighbours, Kelowna residents, our design team and Kelowna City staff. 

The planning process has been especially interesting because the unique character of the Mission Creek neighbourhood has driven a strong commitment to creating not just the housing and accommodation opportunities envisioned in the Community Plan but also to enhancing the neighbourhood’s role in the recreational and social networks for the whole community.

In October, 2016, following a series of community meetings, Mission Group submitted a formal application to the City.  Since then, we have been working with City staff to address issues that were raised during the consultation process, including:

  • Ensuring that the Aqua Marine Valet building - with its commercial marine application - fits this location both functionally and architecturally; and
  • Improving the public spaces for pedestrians, cyclists, neighbours and visitors who are naturally drawn to this area.
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Design Improvements to the AMV Building

The growing demand for moorage and the visual and environmental benefits of maintaining dry-land boat storage (as opposed to a marina) provide a strong rationale for the AMV facility.  However, during our consultation process, the community indicated that the building’s location – visible from Lakeshore, Cook and Truswell - demanded additional design work to improve the structure’s relationship to the street and its overall attractiveness and fit.

Addressing these concerns, a number of changes have been made to the AMV building, including:

  • The building height has been reduced from six (6) to four (4) stories and will house 200 boats (the same number currently accommodated);
  • Setbacks between the street and the building have been improved along Cook and Truswell Roads for enhanced landscaping and a more open feel from the adjacent public spaces; and
  • The addition of architectural features which will 'animate' the building, including a second floor 'clubhouse' addition and a glassed-in 'pop-out', marine-themed display case on Truswell.
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Enhancements to Public Spaces - Creating a Great "People Place"

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Perhaps the most important changes to the plan have been in the public realm in order to create a better experience for pedestrians, cyclists, neighbours and residents using the Mission Greenway and connections to the new lakefront boardwalk. 
 

Enhancing public gathering places – The plan now includes a small commercial building to be located at Capozzi and Truswell, across from Water’s Edge.  This space is a natural meeting place and will enable residents, neighbours and passersby to stop, sit and enjoy rest and refreshment in the plaza environment.
 

Expanding the connection to the lake (the ‘Mews’ & ‘Marine Alley’) – The connection from Capozzi to the lakefront boardwalk has been widened and the base of the adjacent building has been set back to accommodate a row of 3-storey townhomes fronting this corridor.  The result is a transformation of that narrow footpath into an open, human-scaled ‘mews’.  In addition, an inviting new pedestrian connection (“Marine Alley”) has been created between Cook Road and the lake, adjacent to the public boat launch.
 

Assuring public access and connections – The design of the lakefront board walk is taking shape and the final design of the public beach must yet be approved by the Provincial Ministry of Environment.   The boardwalk - connecting from the Truswell/Capozzi junction to the lake (via the ‘mews’), along the beachfront and across the boat launch to connect with the sections which now front the Eldorado and Manteo, will all be dedicated to the City of Kelowna. 
 

Next Steps...

Public Information Meeting:            April 25, 2017*
Council Consideration:                    April/May, 2017*
Marketing/Sales Information:          Fall, 2017*

*More information to follow
 

For more information, please contact Mary Lapointe, Community Relations at mlapointe@missiongroup.ca or 250-826-7670.



Public Open Houses  -  Held August 18th and September 22nd, 2016

The Aqua plan is for a multi-phase residential (townhome and condominium) community and will bring with it a series of public benefits including a new connection between the Mission Creek Greenway and the lakefront, a new section of the lakefront public boardwalk, naturalization and remediation of the lakefront and upgrades to the public boat launch and surrounding road and parking infrastructure. Aqua Marine Valet will remain as part of the long term plan for the property being reconfigured and accommodated indoors. 

We have hosted two public open house meetings (August 18th and September 22nd) to present preliminary plans for Aqua to the community.  Both were held at the Hotel Eldorado and were well attended by neighbours and the community at large.  During these meetings, we also asked for community input and the comments we received have helped us to continue to refine the concept.  Attached below are the information panels shown at the first meeting and the new panels, based on the feedback we received, which were added for the second meeting.

What’s Next?
Over the coming weeks and months, as we submit our application to the City of Kelowna, our planning work will continue and the Aqua plan will continue to be refined.  Through that process, the community will have further opportunities to view and comment on the plan.

Please see the “Stay Informed” tab to sign up for future updates.

If you would like more information or would like to provide feedback, please contact Mary Lapointe, Community Relations at 250-826-7670 or mlapointe@missiongroup.ca.


Open House #2 Panels - September 22, 2016

 

Open House Summary - August 18, 2016

We are happy to share that we held our first open house last Thursday, August 18 to showcase preliminary plans for the Aqua site.  The event was held at the Hotel Eldorado and was very well attended.  Below is a summary of the information panels that were shared.

Aqua will include a multi-phased residential community which will also bring a series of public benefits, including connecting Mission Creek Greenway and the lakefront, a new public lakefront boardwalk, upgrades to the public boat launch and surrounding road infrastructure.  Aqua Marine Valet will remain as part of the long term plan for the property being reconfigured and accommodated indoors.

What’s Next?
This was the first of several opportunities for the public to discuss the project and provide feedback.  We will continue to engage the community with future sessions in the coming months as we begin our formal development application process with the City of Kelowna.  Please see the “Stay Informed” tab to sign up for future updates.

If you would like more information or would like to provide feedback, please contact Mary Lapointe, Community Relations at 250-826-7670 or mlapointe@missiongroup.ca.


Open House #1 Panels - August 18, 2016