Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the July 3, 2012 meeting of Penticton Council.

Good Neighbour Bylaw passes three readings

Penticton Council approved first three readings to the Good Neighbour Bylaw, created to bring City bylaw regulations into alignment with Vernon and West Kelowna and respond to local issues. The bylaw combines the City's current private and public nuisance regulation bylaws and gives staff direction regarding penalties for specific areas. The bylaw covers street nuisances, noise regulation, nuisance smoke and property maintenance. The segment devoted to property regulations is broken down into components like city boulevards and lanes, snow and rubbish removal and vacant buildings. The bylaw also covers repeat nuisance service calls, as well as enforcement and potential penalties.

Strategic Priorities and Staff Work Plans update

Council received the second quarter update to the Strategic Priorities and Departmental work plans. An overview of the Strategic Priorities, showcasing the substantial amount of public engagement and consultation conducted for the Downtown and Waterfront revitalization projects.

Transportation Committee update

Transportation Advisory Committee Chair Bill Allen provided Council with an update on committee activities. Allen explained that the Committee takes its advisory role quite seriously, reviewing all information to provide Council with comprehensive recommendations. He explained the importance of destinations when considering infrastructure investments like bike networks. Committee member Brigid Kemp also discussed safety of citizens and the community, for example working with RCMP and school groups on improved traffic signage, and the reviewing proposed changes to the local BC Transit system.

Reserve fund considered

Council passed first three readings of a bylaw to create a reserve fund for cash in lieu of off-street parking. According to changes to the City bylaw surrounding off-street parking space requirements, the areas where cash in lieu of parking is acceptable have been expanded. Under the Local Government Act, Council must specify by bylaw whether cash in lieu funds will be spent on off-street parking or alternative transportation, and a reserve bylaw must be established in which to hold the funds. The old reserve fund of $118,000 from the previous bylaw will remain until off-street parking projects within the designated areas can be completed.

Economic investment zone expansion

Council approved first three readings to bylaw amendments that would include “retirement resort” among eligible developments outlined under the tourism, sport and culture category of the economic investment zones. Council approved the first option among the staff recommendations, which details the new retirement resorts would have at least 25% amenity space.

Bylaw housekeeping

Council approved housekeeping amendments to Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2012-14 to make technical, grammatical, spelling and syntax changes. This is the second amendment to the bylaw since its adoption in 2011, and the technical changes are designed to make the bylaw easier to follow and interpret – which will improve customer service and reduce application processing times and unnecessary variance applications.

Carriage house zoning considered

Council approved first reading of a zoning amendment relating to an application for 684 Latimer St. to allow for a carriage house use on the property. The subject property is currently duplex housing: lane, and would be R3 small-lot residential under the application. A public hearing on the matter will be held.

Structural changes included in application

Council endorsed a recommendation for the Penticton Lakeside Resort's Bufflehead Tapas Bar and Grill's application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for structural changes to its patio layout. The changes will accommodate an additional 38 patrons, as per a previous liquor licence application.

 


 

Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 114 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.