Council Highlights: March 21
March 23, 2017
The following is a snapshot of the March 21 Council meeting. Please follow the links at the bottom of this page for more detailed information.
Upper Carmi Fire Protection
Council supported an expansion of fire protection provided by the City to include areas of the Regional District in the Upper Carmi Area that lie within eight kilometres of Fire Station 202. This area currently has no fire protection and the change will result in significant insurance reductions and a much greater emergency response mechanism in the area. RDOS payment for services will be applied exactly as outlined in the RDOS Fire Protection Agreement and are based on total assessed values.
Council supported the installation of a Kindness Meter— a converted parking meter colorfully painted and repurposed to collect donations to support organizations that support the homeless. The initiative encourages people to donate to homeless resources and programs via the meter, rather than directly to panhandlers themselves. The initiative was developed by the City, the Downtown Penticton Association and 100 Homes Penticton. Funds collected from the meter will be given directly to 100 Homes Penticton to manage. Penticton’s kindness meter will be located adjacent to the 200 Block of Main Street Breezeway. Please note that City bylaw does allow panhandling, although it is subject to restrictions on location.
Mobile Retail Vending
Council supported a proposal for a one-year pilot program to allow mobile retail vendors to operate under the scope of the Mobile Food Vending Licence Program. This program previously applied to food trucks only. All mobile food or retail trucks must be licensed by the City and can only operate in locations designated by the City. Retail trucks will only be allowed at designated locations outside of the downtown core, except during Community Markets.
Council has decided to revaluate the implementation of paid parking along Lakeshore Drive, Lakawanna Park and Riverside Drive and those areas will revert to free parking until further study and more public input can be carried out and presented to Council later this year. Council did vote to proceed with implementation of some Resident Only parking restrictions near downtown and around the hospital. Detailed street maps outlining the changes are available on the City’s website at the link below or from City Hall. Letters are now being delivered to the residents in the affected areas.
Updated Resident Only parking maps: http://www.penticton.ca/EN/main/community/resident-services/residential-parking.html
Council gave readings to bylaws regulating short-term vacation rentals in private dwellings. The bylaws introduced various licensing classes for vacation rentals with restrictions on the maximum number of guests allowed, the number of nights allowed per year, and the degree of review by City staff.
Downtown Revitalization Sub-Committee
Based on the recommendation of the Downtown Revitalization Sub-Committee, Council approved the installation of a Timberwolf two unit precast concrete washroom with stainless steel fixtures and heat tracing, which will help provide the public with further washroom facility options in the downtown area.
Eventful Penticton Sponsorships
Council approved sponsorships for the 2017 Canadian Sport School Hockey League Championships and the 2017 Western Canada Cup, taking place at various rinks in Penticton March 13-March 19, 2017 and April 29-May 7, 2017 respectively. The Western Canada Cup is a 13-game tournament that includes a round-robin schedule followed by two semifinal games and a championship game. The Western Canada Cup Champion and the runner-up will both represent Western Canada at the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship.
BC Healthy Living Alliance
Council supported signing the Communities on the Move Declaration which is intended to outline a vision for a healthy transportation system that meets the needs of all British Columbians. The ultimate goal is to convince provincial decision-makers to put in place the necessary funding and policy supports for a robust, active and public transportation system that serves all British Columbians.
University of British Columbia – Okanagan
Council approved sending a letter of support to UBCO for their new Master of Data Science (MDS) degree that will provide students with the tools they need to gain a competitive advantage in the job market. As the Okanagan economy continues to shift toward data intensive industries, the need for graduates in our region with expertise in Data Science and Data Analytics will continue to grow and this training will greatly benefit our communities.
Winery Lounge and Special Event Area Endorsement Application – Time Winery
Council directed staff to commence public notification of the proposed Winery Lounge and Special Event Area Endorsement for Time Winery located at 361 Martin Street and requested to have staff report back to Council at the April 18, 2017 Council meeting with the results of the public consultation for Council’s consideration. Total person capacity/occupant load requested for the Lounge is 217 persons, and hours of operation requested for the lounge and SEA (SEA hours in effect during special events only) will be 9:00am to 12 midnight.
Lounge and Special Event Area Endorsement Application – Highway 97 Brewing Company
Council directed staff to commence public notification of the proposed Lounge and Special Event Area Endorsement for Highway 97 Brewing Company located at 954 Eckhardt Avenue W and requested to have staff report back to Council at the April 4, 2017 Council meeting with the results of the public consultation for Council’s consideration. Total person capacity/occupant load requested for the Lounge and SEA is 30 persons (interior) and 16 persons (exterior), and hours of operation requested for the lounge will be 10:00am to 11:00pm and for the SEA will be 1:00pm to11:00pm.
Winery Lounge Endorsement Application – Little Engine Wines
Council directed staff to commence public notification of the proposed Lounge Endorsement for Little Engine Wines located at 851 Naramata Road and requested to have staff report back to Council at the April 18, 2017 Council meeting with the results of the public consultation for Council’s consideration. Total occupant load requested for the lounge is 19 persons (interior) and 24 persons (exterior), and hours of operation requested for the winery lounge will be 11:00am to 06:00pm Monday to Sunday.
Liquor Primary Endorsement – Cascades Casino
Staff reported back to Council after public consultation for the Liquor Primary Endorsement for Cascades Casino at 553 Vees Drive and Council supported staff’s recommendation to support the application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for a Liquor Primary Licence for Cascades Casino Penticton.
Suspension of Business Licence and Injunctive Action – Herbal Green
After providing representatives of Herbal Green with an opportunity to be heard by Council, Council supported upholding the suspension of the business licence for Herbal Green, located at 256 Westminster Ave W, and to further cancel this business licence. Council also supported authorizing the Bylaw Services Supervisor to retain and instruct legal counsel to bring a proceeding in the City’s name in Supreme Court in order to enforce and to prevent and restrain the violation of the City’s Bylaws in relation to the marijuana dispensary located at 256 Westminster Ave W.
Information about Land Matter decisions can be found on the City of Penticton website under “Minutes”: http://www.penticton.ca/EN/main/city/mayor-council/council-meetings/2017.html
Video of March 21 Council Meeting (indexed for quick navigation)
*Due to technical difficulties, video from the afternoon session is not available