March 20, 2018 Council Highlights

Natural Resources Canada Smart Grid grant
Troy Martin, BC Project Director, CIMA+, provided Council with an overview of the City of Penticton’s Smart Grid grant application to Natural Resources Canada. The grant would allow the City to invest in infrastructure that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce cost of power at critical times, improved asset utilization and increased reliability. There are three key areas of focus – solar power on City property to substitute for electrical power, use of stand-by generator power from regular testing and upgrading pumping controls in the water systems.  If the City is successful, the financial cost to the City would be $2.8 M and return on investment (payback) varies depending on the project.  Council will review the financial investment once the grant results are known.

Non-medical cannabis update and public consultation process
The Planning Manager presented the new regulations related to non-medical cannabis and outlined the options for the City to regulate locations and regulations related to retail sales and public consumption within city limits.  The Community Engagement Specialist reviewed the proposed public engagement process to obtain community input on options.  The Committee endorsed the public consultation work plan outlined in the report with the goal of creating regulations regarding the distribution and consumption of non-medical cannabis in Penticton.

Local government police services
Council agreed to lend their support to the resolution put forward by the City of Vernon to Southern Local Government Association (SILGA) with respect to downloading of policing costs to local municipalities without prior notice and negotiations.   

Cemetery management
Council gave first, second and third readings to Cemetery Management Bylaw No. 2018-15, a bylaw to provide for the regulation, management, operation and maintenance of municipal cemeteries, and to Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-16, a bylaw that amends the cemetery fees.

Short term vacation rental program
Council directed staff to review the Short Term Vacation Rental Program and to come back with modifications.

Inter-regional transit connection
Council supported the RDOS in moving forward with an inter-regional transit connection between Penticton and Kelowna.  Inter-regional transit was identified as a top theme in the 2015 Transit Future Plan for the Okanagan-Similkameen during the public engagement process.

Notice of Motion
Council directed staff to investigate an Economic Investment Zone (EIZ) program and/or similar incentive program to promote environmentally green developments, creating significantly higher standard builds that lower the cost of living for residents.

These highlights are intended to provide a brief summary of recent Council proceedings.  The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items.  For a detailed account of the full agenda, including staff reports, other supporting documents and official meeting minutes, please consult the City’s website (www.penticton.ca/council) or call the City’s Corporate Administration Department at 250-490-2400.