Penticton Council Highlights

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

South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services

Representatives from the South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services outlined the Welcoming Communities initiative, with a breakdown of the current newcomer population and who comes to Penticton and the South Okanagan. The program also identifies the goals and challenges that newcomers experience, including transportation constraints and ensuring their education and training is recognized here. English language training constitutes a large part of the service the organization provides, in addition to connecting with available government services, life skills, volunteerism and community bridging. The Welcoming Communities program is designed to create awareness around newcomers, including conveying stories through art, workplace training, employer toolkits and additional celebrations. For more information, visit www.soics.ca.

Paddle wheeler proposal

Andy Schwab gave Council an overview presentation regarding a proposal to moor and operate the M.V. Fintry Queen as a commercial passenger ship. The Fintry Queen was first converted for foot passenger use in 1965, and the new owner acquired the vessel in 2012. In 2000, there were three cruises a day and approximately 28,000 passengers per year. The proposal to moor in Penticton at a dock to be constructed adjacent to the Kiwanis Pier, and permits, dock construction and utilities services is proposed to be built without City funding.

By-election expense presentation

Former mayor Dan Ashton presented Council with a donation in the amount of $32,000, representing the expenses associated with the 2013 by-election held on Sept. 7 in the City of Penticton.

Good Neighbour Bylaw updates

Penticton Council adopted an amendment to the Good Neighbour Bylaw to address boulevard maintenance requirements. Property owners will be responsible for keeping the landscaped portion of the boulevard directly adjacent to their property in a clean, tidy and well-kept condition.

Penticton Council adopted amendments to the Good Neighbour Bylaw that addresses nuisances like pigeons, as well as a bylaw notice enforcement amendment to add a related fine of $100.

Bassett Street duplex

After a public hearing was held, Penticton council passed second and third readings of bylaw amendments to rezone 268 Bassett St. from low-density residential (RM2) to duplex housing lane (RD2) to allow for construction of a duplex.

Bylaw housekeeping

After the public hearing was held, Penticton Council adopted housekeeping amendments to reword the flood control requirements section and minor definitions to ensure the bylaw is efficient, accurate and simple to interpret.

Lakeview cemetery maintenance agreement

Penticton Council endorsed a one-year extension of the Lakeview Cemetery maintenance contract held by S. Collier Enterprises for the amount of $115,200 (plus applicable taxes) for a term beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, concluding on Dec. 31, 2014. The recently completed 2013 Cemetery Master Plan suggests investigating changes in operations and site configuration. Extending the contract one additional year gives staff the required time to develop the terms and conditions in accordance with the recently adopted 2013 Cemetery Master Plan.

Nightclub application

Council agreed to endorse Opal Nightclub's application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to approve an amendment to their hours of operation to be noon to 3 a.m. Monday to Sunday. The establishment owners outlined their security measures and commitment to post-operations cleanup, including street cleaning and ensuring crowd dispersal each evening.

Land use for Dartmouth-Green area

Penticton Council considered several Official Community Plan and zoning amendments for a collection of parcels in the Dartmouth Drive and Green Avenue area to facilitate future development in line with feedback provided by neighbouring residents.

Two main changes from the original land use proposal were to realign the park boundary after the discovery of fill material placed in the area, which is not the ideal foundation for building. The new design allows for a buffer between the existing neighbourhood and the new subdivision, and a newly designed park would provide this buffer. The proposal also calls for reorientation of the street network given existing geotechnical and environmental concerns. Consideration of Environment Canada requirements around nugget moss preservation found in the area have also contributed to the buffer area.

Council passed first reading to change the permitted use from parks and recreation to low-density residential and zoning amendments for 2725 Dartmouth Dr., 2715 Dartmouth Dr. from agriculture to small lot residential to parks and recreation, 345 Green Ave. East from agriculture to small lot residential, 285 Green Ave. East from large lot residential to parks and recreation and 0 Greenwood Dr. from small lot residential and parks and recreation. First reading was considered by Council and the OCP and zoning amendments will go to public hearing Nov. 18.

Penticton Council also closed and abandoned OCP and zoning amendments, as the Dartmouth-Green area has been under application for rezoning and subdivision development since 2007, and the proposal has since changed in light of neighbourhood consultation.

Westminster gas station design

Penticton council considered a reapplication to amend the development permit for 1090 Westminster Ave. West that called for louvers in the final building design. Louvers are an architectural feature containing a series of horizontal slats that are normally installed across a window or opening to allow a minimal amount of light to pass through the window or into the space being shaded.

The application was made under Section 895(3) of the Local Government Act, and the proponent explained at the meeting that visibility of the building was the primary reason for the building permit amendment. The reapplication failed, which requires the proponent to comply with design provisions required in the summer.

Pole contact agreement

Penticton Council endorsed the licence agreement for shared use of FortisBC structures with FortisBC for a five-year term with the ability to renew on the same terms and conditions for an additional five years.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 119 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.