Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the June 9, 2014 meeting of Penticton Council.

Skaha Hills sewer agreement

Penticton council authorized the agreement amending the 2008 City of Penticton Indian Band Sanitary Sewage Treatment agreement to include the provision of sanitary sewer servicing to the PIB Skaha Hills development. The mixed-use development calls for 600 single-family and multi-family units, combined with commercial amenities like a professional golf course, vineyards and winery.

Normar expands with land sale

Penticton Council approved the sale and licence to use of a portion of 616 Okanagan Ave. East to Normar Industries Ltd. The Penticton-based firm carries a full line of cranes and service truck equipment, designed to service harsh forestry, construction, mining and oilfield sectors in rugged North American environments. Normar is planning to expand its production line, and required additional space to do so. They sought to purchase two parcels from the City of Penticton land, an interior piece that borders the Yards site and an exterior piece that fronts onto Okanagan Avenue. The interior site was sold at the market rate of $124,623, and a licence-to-use on the exterior lot was rented at $6,055 per year.

ALR application

Penticton Council supported the application to the Agriculture Land Commission for subdivision of 1125 Munson Avenue. The applicant is seeking approval to subdivide the existing house from the subject agriculture parcel. The proposed newly created parcel includes less than 0.25 acres (0.1 ha) of land containing the dwelling. The remainder of the parcel would be 9.033 acres. The owners wish to subdivide the property in order to sell the house and use the sale proceeds to improve the farm property and operation on site.

Community Centre floor maintenance

Penticton Council approved the replacement of the tiles in the Community Centre relating to the three pool decks, sauna, steam room, change room, shower floors and aquatics staff administration and work areas. The current tiles become quite slippery when covered in water, and City Facilities staff has worked diligently over the last three years to find maintenance solutions that improve grip and traction. The options, however, come at a significant cost – over $70,000 per year – meaning the $150,000 tile replacement cost would be paid for in less than two years.

Twisted Stalk Distillery patio

Penticton Council recommended to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that Twisted Stalk Distilling Company Inc.'s liquor application be approved. The property at 270 Martin St. is under renovation to launch a distillery, and the application would establish a lounge and patio. The distillery's proposal for an interior lounge (35 occupants) and exterior patio (16 occupants) would allow mixed drinks to be served to customers for tastings and during special events on limited occasions.

Duplex secondary suites

Following a public hearing, Penticton Council adopted zoning changes to allow secondary suites in duplex buildings. The proposed change also removes the owner occupancy rule for secondary suites and increases the density of the RD2 (duplex housing) zone to accommodate basement suites in that zone.

Donation policy reviewed

Penticton Council endorsed changes to the Parks Furniture Donation Program policy. The donation period was increased from 10 years for benches, tables and bike racks to 15 years.

Zoning Bylaw housekeeping

Following a public hearing, Penticton Council gave second and third readings to housekeeping amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to ensure the City's zoning is efficient, accurate and simple to interpret as possible.

Scott Avenue property remediation

Penticton Council declared the property located at 229 Scott Ave. in contravention of the City of Penticton Building Bylaw 94-45 and the B.C. Building Code as a result of its building addition of an accessory structure without a building permit.

Inspections have been ongoing since November of 2013, and the property owner was notified on May 7, 2014 by registered letter that a Sec. 57 could be registered on title if corrective action was not taken. Council directed staff to proceed with registering a notice on title.

Special occasion liquor licences endorsed

Penticton Council approved a beer-wine garden licence application for the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society's Music Festival for July 12 and the Junior Chamber International's Jacked and Juiced Car and Truck Show for Aug. 2 and 3.

Joy Road agreement

Penticton Council approved the Water Service Agreement enabling the City to provide metered potable water to 105 Joy Rd. The first three readings of amendments to Schedule F of the Irrigation, Sewer and Water Amendment Bylaw to include 105 Joy Rd. were also passed.

Partridge Drive variance

A zoning variance for 2915 Partridge Dr. was approved, increasing the permitted height of a retaining wall in a side yard from a maximum height of 1.2 metres to a maximum height of 2.5 metres.

Subdivision impact on walkway

Penticton Council gave first reading of bylaw changes to remove the north/south walkway dedication at 3388 Skaha Lake Road. The current property owners are proposing to subdivide the property along the boundary between the two different OCP designations with the intent to develop the portion of the property fronting Wilson Street as a strata townhouse development and the remainder of the lot as a mixed-use development with residential and commercial. A public hearing will be held on June 23 for additional input.

Cannery Brewing lounge

The public notification process for the Cannery Brewery Company's liquor application was approved. The brewery at 118-1475 Fairview Rd. currently operates with a brewery manufacturing retail license, and is proposes to add a lounge area that would accommodate 50 patrons. Delegations will be accepted on the application at the June 23 meeting.

Electrical pole contact agreements

Penticton Council authorized the electrical pole contact agreements with Shaw Cable Systems Ltd. and Telus Communications Co., both for a five-year term.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 72 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.