Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Feb. 16, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Proclamations

Two proclamations were read Monday in recognition of local events and issues.

Feb. 16 to 20 was proclaimed Chamber of Commerce Week, in recognition that members of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce strengthen the local business community, dedicate countless volunteer hours and create jobs and opportunities for residents of Penticton.

Feb. 25 was also proclaimed Pink Shirt Day, which celebrates respect, inclusion, fairness, equity and compassion. The Boys and Girls Club of Penticton supports children and youth by helping nurture positive relationships with peers, family, teachers and the community at large, and champion Pink Shirt Day.

Community mental wellness

BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton branch representatives Jim Cleghorn and Sharon Evans presented an overview of the implementation of mental health care in the Okanagan. The Society provides support and counselling to those who have schizophrenia, as well as other mental health illnesses like bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and others. High-profile campaigns like #BellLetsTalk and Clara's Big Ride have created more awareness on how important it is to end the stigma around mental wellness. While progress is slowly being made, recent studies have found that 90% of suicide victims have a diagnosable mental illness – and stigma often prevents people from accessing treatment or care. The society is helping to support patients and families as well. The play “Maladjusted” is set to be performed at the Shatford Centre on Sunday, March 15, profiling success stories of mental health treatment as part of a Western Canadian tour.

Cannery Brewing patio

Cannery Brewing Co.'s liquor application for a patio moved forward to the next step in the process. Cannery Brewing is building a new brewery at 198 Ellis St., and the application would establish an interior lounge (110 occupants) and exterior patio (36 occupants). The liquor licence would allow craft beers to be served to customers for tastings and sales of our products. The next step in the process involves public consultation, and residents and businesses within a 90-metre radius will be notified of the proposed application. Public comments will be presented in a report for the March 2 meeting for Penticton Council's consideration.

Corry Place reconstruction project

Penticton Council adopted the bylaw that would create a local area service tax to offset the cost of improvements on Corry Place. City staff has been working alongside Corry Place residents for a year to develop designs that will repair the roadway, upgrade the infrastructure and help drainage issues. The assent process for the reconstruction project was held in January, and no residents sent in a petition against the project or the proposed local area improvement fees.

Birch Avenue subdivision

Penticton Council adopted zoning changes for 739 Birch Ave. The lot is currently vacant, and the proposal calls for a subdivision of the lot and construction of two duplexes (one per lot). Duplexes are in line with the Official Community Plan's vision for the area, and the proponent has applied for a rezoning to “duplex housing – lane” designation.

Wade Avenue office space

Following a public hearing, Penticton Council gave second and third readings to zoning changes at 264 Wade Ave. West to allow a single-family home to be converted into an office. Interior Health intends to operate an employment centre that will provide pre-employment, transition to employment and paid employment opportunities, as well as training and education for mental health clients in Penticton and the South Okanagan.

Cycling trail network

Staff has been developing cycling maps indicating bike routes in Penticton and the regional district, based on the Trails and Cycling Network as included in the Official Community Plan. In 2012, the City of Penticton undertook a significant consultation program to refine a cycling network proposal for inclusion in the OCP. It was formally adopted by Council in 2013.

A field review in the last year identified a few minor changes to the Trails and Cycling Network (Schedule F) of the OCP. These include:

  • Incorporating Lakeshore Drive's multi-use path to reflect the construction completed in 2014.
  • Change Ellis Street to the shared bike route, to reflect changes in 2014.
  • Reroute the existing bicycle route at the intersection of Eckhardt Avenue and Government Street to improve safety.

Penticton Council adopted changes to Schedule F Trails and Cycling Network bylaw.

Multi-family on Kinney

Penticton council passed first reading of zoning changes for 115 Kinney Ave. to allow a four-unit multi-family residential development. The current lot is zoned for large-lot residential, and a single family home currently exists on the site. Preliminary plans show parking and setbacks are within the zoning allowances. The application will go to public hearing March 2.

Communication tower proposal

Penticton Council received information from Cavalier Land Ltd. in regard to a proposed 25-metre Rogers cellular communication tower at 127 Upper Bench Rd. South. The land is privately owned and within the Agricultural Land Reserve, used primarily for farming grapes, fruits and nuts. The Agricultural Land Commission allows for telecommunications, equipment, buildings and installations, and Industry Canada regulations require a consultation process. The comment period will be 30 days and approximately 20 property owners to be included in the notification radius, with packages to be sent out in early February.

Fire and Life Safety Bylaw changes

Council passed three readings of changes to the Fire and Life Safety Bylaw. The City of Penticton and Penticton Indian Band have signed a letter of intent to enter into a fire services agreement, covering how the Penticton Fire Department will provide fire and first responder service to designated lands west of the River Channel. The current bylaw authorizes the PFD to provide fire inspection and suppression services on PIB lands. Some ambiguity in the bylaw's language was identified, and the proposed changes provide clarity on the scope of municipal authority.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 79 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.