February 20 Council Highlights

100 Homes Penticton
Representatives from 100 Homes Penticton, provided Council with an update on the program and work to date with other organizations.  100 Homes Penticton is a collection of community leaders, governments, non-profit and faith based groups working to bring housing to 100 homeless, part of a larger 20,000 Homes Canada Initiative. Estimated current homeless 163, and since September 57 individuals have been housed.

Smart Recovery
Judy Poole, Smart Recovery and Recovery Coaching under Penticton & District Community Resources Society provided Council with an update on the recovery coaching program training that was offered in the fall of 2017.  Smart Recovery focuses on individuals attending weekly group meetings, whereas recovery coaching focuses on those individuals who have acknowledged the damage caused by addition and have sought personal assistance in recovery, behaviors and moving forward. Recovery Coaching is currently serving 15 individuals, some referred from other agencies.   Next step is to train additional coaches to support even more individuals, including teens.

Fire service agreement renewed
Council approved the RDOS Fire Services Agreement for the West Bench area for a five year term ending December 31, 2023.   The agreement includes the City of Penticton providing first responder medical, rescue and fire suppression services to the outlined area within the Regional District.

Year End Surplus Policy approved
Council approved the proposed ‘Year End Surplus Policy”.  Staff noted the formalization of this policy provides greater clarity, direction, and authority to staff to properly allocate any general surplus.

Flood Damage Repair Report
Council directed staff to begin the process of repairing the damage to the sheet pile walls located on the Okanagan Lake waterfront walkway that occurred during the 2017 flooding.

330 Power Street
Council gave first readings to OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-12, changing the OCP designation on the property from A (Administration/Institutional-Including Schools) to MFMD (Multi-Family Medium Density) and to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-13, a bylaw to rezone the properties from P1(Public Assembly) to C3 (Mixed Use Commercial) and C7 (Service Commercial). The applicants are proposing to allow, on a site specific basis, the use “public parking” and “storage and warehousing” on the C3 and C7 zoned areas, as those are the current and intended interim use of the land.  This matter will be forwarded to the March 6, 2018 Public Hearing. 

Further information on land matters and details of the Public Hearing (land and zoning matters) portion of Council Meetings can be found on the City’s website www.penticton.ca/council .

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