Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Oct. 19, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Community Foundation of South Okanagan

Community Foundation South Okanagan Executive Director Aaron McRann presented the concept of Neighbourhood Small Grants, a potential matching program to foster stronger connections between neighbours. With a maximum of $500, local residents can receive funding to host a block party, neighbourhood cleanup, trail development, mini-Olympics, etc. The Community Foundation of South Okanagan is committing $5,000 to the program for 2016, and is seeking partnership with the City of Penticton to match the grants. The local total could be matched by the Vancouver Foundation, for a total of $20,000. Council agreed to put forward $5,000.

Lakawanna Park concession

Lakawanna Park concession operator Gord Ferguson presented to Council to ask to engage the community about potential upgrades to the park, the building and the food services at 796 Lakeshore Dr. He described the concession building as in need of renovation and repair, and its state attracts unwanted attention from those who loiter. He wants to open up the dialogue to the community about the future of the site. Initial discussions were held with customers this summer, asking about potential updates they would want to see – with feedback ranging from more flowers, shrubs, greenery and for concession fare like hamburgers. Two open houses will be held at the concession – Thursday 4-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – to invite the public to provide their thoughts on the park, the building and food services. For those seeking information, they can contact him at gordferguson@hotmail.com.

Quidni Winery

Council decided to defer recommending a winery lounge endorsement for Quidni Estate Winery, at 1465 Naramata Rd. They are currently operating with a winery manufacturing and retail licences, and has approvals to operate a vineyard, manufacturing, residence, bed & breakfast and retail uses. The change would allow an interior lounge for 10 people and exterior lounge patio for 70 people, and the proposed hours would be 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The deferment will allow for more consultation with the neighbourhood.

Snow removal services

The Snow and Ice Control Policy was updated to add services requested, particularly in the Sendero Canyon area. A walkway, subdivision park sidewalk and stairs in the new subdivision will require snow removal, and many of the areas are public or very steep in grade. Also, the policy was updated to include approximately 10 kilometres of lanes that serve multi-family developments with no other access than the lane (no street access or parking). All new areas would be added to the existing road priority system – which divides up the city’s road network for crews to clear routes that are needed most (emergency response vehicles, major collectors, etc.).

The program changes will require a $20,000 capital investment to buy and install additional snow and ice clearing equipment. The operating budget would also have to increase $10,000 to address the additional service needs.

Airport sewer agreement

Council approved the airport sanitary sewer agreement, pending consent from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. In May of 1974, the City of Penticton and Government of Canada entered into an agreement that saw the municipality receive and treat sewage from the Penticton Airport, as well as maintain the sewage lines on airport property that connect the lines. The agreement didn’t transfer ownership of the lines or speak to how replacement of the lines would be addressed. Over the past few years, connections to the lines have been undertaken with some difficulty due to the multi-jurisdictional issues relating to ownership. This agreement replaces the 1974 agreement, with the same standard of service that most commercial customers enjoy. The Government of Canada will pay for upgrades to the sanitary lift station and corresponding sewer lines.

Cedar Road zoning

First reading of zoning changes for 2800 Cedar Rd. passed Monday. The developer has applied to rezone a section of the Cedar Road property adjacent to Evergreen Drive, where a residential subdivision is proposed. The remainder of the property will maintain agricultural zoning. The matter will go to public hearing on Nov. 2. 

Economic investment zones

Penticton Council passed three readings of a Major Development Projects Economic Investment Zone Bylaw, designed to support development in the city. To be eligible, the venture must be proposing a $17 million project based on the value of the building permit.

Zoning changes for the Downtown Economic Investment Zone were also adopted, changing the term of exemption offered to a potential grocery store to 10 years, consistent with Sec. 226 of the Community Charter.

Casino and indoor amusement uses

Council passed first readings of a zoning change to add “casino” to the definition of “indoor amusement, entertainment and recreation.” The matter will go to public hearing on Nov. 2.

Eckhardt Avenue parking

Council passed first reading of zoning changes for 903-969 Eckhardt Avenue that would formalize the site as a parking lot. While the site are unofficially used for parking during major events at the South Okanagan Events Centre, the current zoning is small-lot residential (R2) to general commercial (C4). This would allow the site to be converted into a proper parking lot including paving, landscaping, lighting, curbing, storm water management and signage. The matter will go to public hearing on Nov. 2.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. If you require an official record of what transpired, we reccommend you check out Minutes from the meeting.