Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Feb. 18, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Downtown Revitalization design elements

Barb Haynes, Downtown Revitalization Select Committee Chair, joined staff to present Council with the committee's recommendations of the various design elements and options for the Martin Street, Westminster Avenue and Winnipeg Street cross sections.

Council supported the Committee recommendation that Winnipeg Street be excluded from the scope of the area revitalization project at this time due to the pending Bike Network Plan, which could see dedicated bike lanes in the future that would need to be built comprehensively over several blocks.

Council also directed staff to develop flex space options for both sides on Martin Street, as per the committee's recommendation.

ALR covenant amended

Penticton Council considered the Agriculture Advisory Committee's application to the Agricultural Land Commission to amend a restrictive covenant on the property located at 31 Middle Bench Rd. South. The covenant disallows any buildings to be constructed or repaired, and the application would allow a new house and septic field to be constructed. The covenant was also amended to restrict the new building area and septic field to a total site area of 589 square metres, and require that the new house to be accessed by the existing driveway easement.

The existing house is scheduled to be demolished and the site remediated back to farmland with no net loss of farm land on the existing property under the supervision of a professional agrologist. This must be completed prior to the issuance of any building permit for a new single family dwelling.

2016 BC Winter Games update

Penticton Council received an update on the 2016 BC Winter Games, which are to be hosted locally. The host community establishes a board of directors of 15 individuals, who will work with key volunteers to organize the significant event. The BC Games Society has advised City staff that organization should begin no earlier in 2014; therefore, individuals who have expressed interest in helping with the event will be invited to do so in the new year.

Freedom of Information designation

Penticton council adopted 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.

Skaha Lake Road OCP and zoning amendment

Penticton council adopted both the official community plan amendment for 3039 Skaha Lake Rd. designating the western portion of the site as general commercial, as opposed to medium-density housing. The amendment would include the entire property in the general tourist commercial development permit area.

Zoning amendment adopted

Council adopted an amendment to rezone the property located at 613 Martin Street from low-density multiple housing to commercial transition.

Parkway Elementary traffic pilot project

Penticton Council directed staff to review traffic around Parkway Elementary, following a recommendation from the Transportation Advisory Committee regarding a potential partnership with Parkway Elementary PAC Committee and to bring back a report, with options for Council's consideration at a future meeting.

Tire recycling grant application

Penticton Council authorized the chair of the Waterfront Enhancement Select Committee to issue a letter of support for the tire recycling grant application. Funding would support Council's strategic priorities regarding enhancements to the Okanagan Lake waterfront.

Sign motion considered

Penticton Council passes a notice of motion presented by Coun. Wes Hopkin, that staff send a letter to Interior Health Authority requesting permission to hang a banner regarding the Penticton Hospital expansion in a visible and suitable location on the hospital campus.



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.