Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Aug. 17, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Parks Master Plan

In light of the community dialogue on parks and value of green space, a notice of motion was presented to direct staff to initiate a Parks Master Plan process, develop terms of reference for the master plan process, undertake broad-based public engagement as part of the planning process, and that terms of reference be drafted for a proposed Parks Master Plan Select Committee.

The motion will be considered at the Sept. 8 regular meeting.

Peachfest success

Peachfest Society President Don Kendall gave an overview of the 2015 event, which drew record crowds and people from throughout North America to visit. He provided reports from local businesses that stated Peachfest helped create economic activity for them. From the Canadian Snowbirds, Barney Bentall, Chef Cook-off Competition, Ogopogo Regatta to 54-40, there was something for everyone. The 2016 lineup is already shaping up to be bigger and better; stay tuned at www.peachfest.com.

City inclusiveness

Local governments throughout Canada are striving to be inclusive communities and welcoming to all. Kelowna and Summerland have already considered incorporating rainbow crosswalks to demonstrate inclusivity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities and individuals. While the City of Penticton has not been approached by an outside organization, the City is committed to being a welcoming community; how Council wants to demonstrate this remained to be determined. Factors such as budget, scale, location, timelines and seasonality would have to be investigated.

Council directed staff to investigate options for demonstrating inclusivity in the City of Penticton.

Incredible Edibles

Incredible Edibles’ Hilma Labelle outlined how the small existing space the group has been using has become a neighbourhood garden. The garden is now producing over 40 different fruits and vegetables, and produced about 400 pounds of apples to give away. Many volunteers also help out with the Salvation Army community kitchen programs. The group was seeking space at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, next to the proposed pickleball development. For more information about Incredible Edibles, visit www.incredibleediblepenticton.wordpress.com.

Considering options for Three Gables

A permit application for the former Three Gables Hotel site (in the 300 block of Main Street) sought to establish a parking lot on the site, but also vary requirements like paving the site, integrating landscaping and provide irrigation to those plantings. Conditions of the permit were also proposed to ensure the parking area must be graded, levelled and treated with an appropriate top coat, parking spaces must be delineated, and landscaping area of three metres should be maintained along the Main Street frontage.

Given the current issues with loitering on the site, and other opportunities available to the property owner, Council deferred the decision for one month and allow for more consultation with Downtown Penticton Association members.

Sidewalk cafes

Changes to the Sidewalk Café Bylaw were adopted by Council. The changes were to reflect that some sidewalk cafes do not meet the existing rules around railings or board walk construction. Enforcing the regulations would pose significant cost to business owners need to be replaced, when Main Street will undergo a natural evolution with downtown revitalization.

Skaha Lake Road development

Council adopted 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.

Government residential

Council adopted zoning changes to allow for a two-duplex development at 864 Government St. The property is located along Government Street, an area evolving from single family homes to more medium-density infill development, and the OCP designation is for multi-family residential. The proposal includes two-duplex development, in total consisting of four three-bedroom units. Currently, the lot is vacant and has been for many years.

Lakeside Road garage

Council approved a development variance permit for 4732 Lakeside Rd. that would decrease the front and side setbacks to build an attached garage. The subject property includes a two-storey home in a low-density, residential area. While the house is setback from the property line, it has limited building area due to a large slope in the rear of the property. The variance reduces the setback on the front yard from six metres to 1.5 metres, and the southern side yard from 1.5 metres to one metre. The trees along the southern side of the property would remain.

Wilson Street

Council passed first reading of zoning changes and variance permits for 2922 Wilson St. The property is located in a neighbourhood with a mix of single family, duplex and multi-family housing. Residential intensification has been happening over time, with the redevelopment of single family lots into multi-family housing along Green Avenue and Wilson Street. The applicant intends to develop a strata, multi-family project with one duplex building facing Wilson Street and one single family dwelling and a duplex facing the lane. The proposed development consists of 5 units in total, with each unit having an approximate floor area of 138 m2 (1486 sq. ft). Each dwelling comprises 3 bedrooms and an enclosed garage.

Parking during hospital expansion construction

In advance of Penticton Regional Hospital’s Patient Care Tower expansion project construction, parking at 1748 and 1802 Camrose St. was investigated. There are 580 parking spots currently on site, and construction will affect at least 230 spaces. Interior Health applied to use the Camrose Street site to address the short-term impacts, seeking a temporary use permit to use the site for either employee or construction parking for up to three years. A warrant analysis into the potential impacts was developed, and found a crosswalk was deemed as not necessary. Council approved the temporary use permit without requiring a crosswalk, but allowed for Interior Health to approach the Engineering Department should future changes be required.

ALR application on Upper Bench Road

Council agreed to send a letter in support of the property owner of 127 Upper Bench Rd. Council supported the applicant’s request in 2012, but was denied by the Agricultural Land Commission. The property owner is applying again to the ALC to have a house constructed on the vacant land that is not suitable for grape production.

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.