Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Sept. 2, 2014 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Penticton Curling Club

Council endorsed the Penticton Curling Club's application to the Liquor Control Licensing Branch to change their liquor licence for added services including the main floor seating and rink areas. The existing configuration restricts patrons to the upper floor lounge, and the proposed change would add an additional 250 patrons to the licence.

Leir House repairs

Gas Tax Funds totalling $38,000 will go toward repairs and maintenance necessary for safety at Leir House. The house was built in 1927 and is registered on the Municipal and Provincial Heritage Site Registry, in addition to being listed as one of Canada's historic places on the federal registry. In 1980, the Leir House Cultural Centre officially opened.

The Penticton and District Community Arts Council leases the building for $1 per year, and is responsible for maintenance of buildings and grounds plus operational expenses like utilities. Repair has been minimal over the years due to the society's funding situation. Council directed staff to continue providing routine maintenance and landscaping and work with the Arts Council to complete a new mutually acceptable lease prior to July 31, 2015.

Road closures

Penticton council gave three readings to a bylaw to close a portion of Dartmouth Drive. The small strip of land behind a line of Wiltse Place properties is of no value to the City – on top of a steep silt bluff separated from the road below by an embankment. The land is being used by adjacent property owners, and three of the five owners have agreed to sale prices for the portion of land behind their private property. Affected utility companies will be notified of the intention to remove the highway dedication.

A road closure bylaw for South Beach Drive was adopted. The section of road between South Main Street and Parkview Street has long been closed, but the additional step of officially closing the road via bylaw had not been undertaken.

SOEC account signatories

Financial institutions require a resolution approving new signing authorities. Council approved six signing authorities on the City of Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre operating account.

Carriage house on Scott Avenue

Penticton Council approved a development variance permit for a carriage house at 418 Scott Ave. The proposed plan calls for an 89.2 square-metre carriage house that is seven metres in height. While those proposed dimensions meet restrictions within large-lot residential (R1) zoning, they do exceed the height and size restrictions in relation to the principal residence.

BCAA service shop

Penticton Council adopted bylaw changes that would permit a BCAA building containing a service shop, carwash and office space that would allow construction at 2111 Main St. The new 29,776-square-metre building is proposed to be located next to the liquor store currently under construction on the site.

Meeting date change

Penticton Council approved a change in scheduled meeting dates due to conflicting schedules. The next regular meeting of Council will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.


Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 66 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online