Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Feb. 4, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Health prevention and the community

Lori Motluk, Acute Area Director for the South Okanagan region of Interior Health, provided an update of the current health challenges and the role of community in health protection. The share of health care resources are shifting from reactive to proactive care, in part to reduce the need for high-cost hospital and residential care services, but also to focus on helping people remain healthy and remain in their homes as long as possible. Home health promotion assists with lower risks of infection and falls and faster return to independence.

The Healthy Communities Initiative encourages people to make choices to help them achieve better health, particularly with physical activity, healthy living, tobacco reduction, healthy environments and priority populations. The prescription is: exercise 30 minutes a day, control our weight, eat reasonably well, and don't smoke. This will lead up to 80% reduction in certain chronic diseases.

Interior Health reiterated that the PRH Patient Care Tower is #1 on capital planning list, as it would build capacity with more outpatient procedures.

Variance considered for 910 Three Mile Rd.

Penticton Council endorsed the application for a development variance permit for 910 Three Mile Rd., to vary the provisions of the zoning bylaw that would allow for an increase the maximum site coverage from 15 to 27 percent, reducing the required front yard from 10 m to three metres, reducing the required interior side yard (west) from four metres to one metre and reducing the required rear yard from 7.5 to five metres.

Notice on title discharged

Penticton Council authorized staff to discharge the Section 57 notice on title at 218 Norton St. The notice was placed on title on Oct. 18, 2010 as notice of bylaw contraventions. In August of 2012, the Building Department received a request from the registered owner to remove the notice. After final inspections and submission of the necessary documentation, staff recommended discharge of notice.

Waterfront oversight sub-committee established

Penticton council approved the establishment of the West Okanagan Lake Waterfront Oversight Sub-Committee for the duration of the West Okanagan Lake waterfront project to aid in keeping the project on schedule, on budget and true to the project vision endorsed by Council. This sub-committee will consist of Mayor Dan Ashton, Councillor Litke, Councillor Konanz, the City Manager and the Director of Operations.

Freedom of Information designation

Penticton council passed the first three readings of a bylaw to appoint the corporate officer as the designated head overseeing requests that fall under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Bylaw amendments

Penticton Council passed three bylaws for subdivision and development amendments, building bylaw and fire and life safety bylaw. The amendments address fire flow demands, and provide wording clarification on the requirements for the development community.

Skaha Lake Road OCP and zoning amendment

Penticton council passed an official community plan amendment for 3039 Skaha Lake Rd. to designate the western portion of the site, which would include the entire property in the general tourist commercial development permit area. A zoning amendment was also considered to rezone the western portion from medium-density multiple housing to general commercial.

Penticton soldier to be honoured

Penticton council received minutes from the Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee, which included a recommendation to commemorate Capt. Jonathan Snyder, a former Penticton resident, who died in Afghanistan on June 7, 2008. Capt. Snyder died in the line of duty, and will be honoured with sign within the 100 block of Main Street.



Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 115 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.