Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the July 20, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Five-year financial plan

Council passed three readings of the Five-Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw, including changes to the budget that have arisen over the past two quarters. Some of the changes included funding for projects like the Waste Water Treatment Plant warehouse and blower roof, Penticton Creek restoration site change to between Ellis Street and Van Horne Street, as well as the roof over the Leir House coach house.

Draw bows allowance in bylaws

In April, a Council delegation outlined that the Firearms Bylaw does not permit archery in the City of Penticton, even though it is a popular recreational activity when done in a safe and controlled environment. It is also a sport at the BC Winter Games, which Penticton will host in 2016. A revised bylaw was drafted making a distinction between bow and arrow weapons and firearms, the revised bylaw also updates references to provincial legislation, and provides greater clarity on the definitions of some words in the bylaw, aligning the definitions with the wording of the Community Charter and other similar municipal bylaws. Council passed three readings of the bylaw.

Tower development for Skaha Lake Road

Council approved first reading of Official Community Plan and zoning changes to allow for the development of three residential towers on a portion of the lot at 3388 Skaha Lake Rd. The property is currently vacant, although a three-acre portion was subdivided in 2012 for Regency Retirement Resort and a townhouse development fronting Wilson Street was subdivided and zoned for 50 units in 2014. The new residential towers will be 14 storeys with 84 units in the first phase, with garden suites and 12 storeys in the second phase. The development will require upgrades in the size of sewer mains. Notice will be provided to stakeholders before a public hearing is held. 

Cedar Road subdivision services

Council approved an extended service agreement for 2750 Cedar Rd.  The Developer is building roads for his development which will serve other properties and therefore he is entitled to an extended service agreement which will require other benefitting properties to pay latecomers contributions.

Avery Place street naming

Council adopted a bylaw that would name a new street “Averly Place.” The subdivision at 2370 Cedar Rd. has been under construction for some time, and the applicant submitted an application to name the street within the subdivision to “Avery Place,” in line with the development name of Avery Heights.

Quarterly reports

Council received a staff report outlining an update on second quarter activities. Q2 was productive in terms of Council, including items like completion of the Peach Plaza and Rotary Park walkway construction, investigative work on SS Sicamous area, continued work on detailed design of Main Street including a light canopy feature for the northern third of Main. Council’s strategic priorities are having a ripple effect throughout the community: staff took the opportunity to ensure the waterfront walkway project also supported a local non-profit organization in Penticton, selling over 100 pallets of paving stones salvaged from the old path through a silent auction. Thirty-five different people bid on pallet packages, some several times, for a total of 135 bids and $9,275 raised for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. Funds raised will support the Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower expansion project.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.