Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Aug. 7, 2012 meeting of Penticton Council.

College presents plaque

Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton and Vice-Chair Tom Styffe showcased a video presentation on the 2013 ACCC national conference, Ideas Uncorked, coming to Penticton next year. The Okanagan College representatives also presented the City of Penticton with a plaque recognizing the municipality's donation to the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence, and commented on the success of the new facility, faculty and students.

Ironman race day details

Ironman Co-Race Co-ordinator Laura Carlton gave Council a presentation outlining the plans for the 2012 Ironman Canada, which is also the 30th anniversary of the race. Council also approved the road closure permit for the event.

Downtown design charrette outcomes

Downtown Revitalization Select Committee Co-Chairs Barb Haynes and Nick Bevanda joined Development Services Director Anthony Haddad to give a presentation on outcomes from the Vibrant Penticton Downtown Charrette, held July 30 to Aug. 3 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Ms. Haynes explained that the work is not finished, as there is more consultation to come, but significant progress was made during the inclusive and creative process moving forward.

Petition presented on noise concerns

Resident Vicki Ashman presented a petition from Lakeshore Towers residents regarding the noise and nuisance on the street between the hours of midnight at 3 a.m. in the downtown area. She outlined some of the loud activities transpiring during those hours. Mayor Dan Ashton said the RCMP would be notified of the concerns. Staff will also bring the concerns forward to the City committee that addresses liquor licensing.

Section 57 approved

Council approved a Section 57 notice on title at 288 Westminster Ave. West Lot A. During the June 18 meeting, Council passed a resolution to place a notice on title under Section 57 of Community Charter due to alteration to building and occupancy of commercial suites without building permits, in violation of City building bylaws. Property owners are permitted to address Council regarding the notice on title, and the owner of the subject property on Westminster requested a later date to accommodate previous commitments. The lengthy history of the property was reviewed, and Council approved the notice on title.

Tender awarded for dam

Council received a staff report on the tender award for Penticton Dam No. 2 remedial work to Cumming Construction. A tender was issued for the work and two submissions were received and reviewed. Cumming Construction quoted $865,418, the lowest price, which was also deemed to be within the specifications.

Fleet GPS update

Council received an update report from staff on the GPS tracking system installed in the City fleet of vehicles. Last fall, Council authorized staff to issue a RFP to solicit submissions from vendors to supply GPS equipment tracking hardware, software and annual support. A joint purchase of GPS vehicle equipment was initiated between the cities of Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna, encompassing approximately 530 vehicles. Advantage Asset was selected as the vendor; Penticton purchased 102 units for a capital cost of $26,010 (or $255 each). Operating costs are $34.95 per unit per month, for an annual operating cost of $42,778. Ten seasonal units will only be billed during months of operation.

B&B zoning considered

Council moved forward with rezoning 396 Lakeshore Dr. West to facilitate the operation of a two-unit bed and breakfast. The site-specific provision would apply to the single detached dwelling and lane-accessed garage. First reading passed, and the application will be subject to a public hearing at the next Council meeting.

Edmonton Avenue development permit

Council referred an amendment to the development permit for 245 Edmonton Ave. back to staff. The application was to reduce the required side yards from 4.5 metres to 2.4 metres and reduced the required rear yard from six metres to 4.5. Council rezoned the property in November to medium-density residential and directed staff to issue a development permit to allow for a three-storey, 17-unit apartment building. The applicant has since developed detailed design plans which include an enclosed garage. One resident presented a petition against the proposed decreased setbacks, and Council referred the matter back to staff to work with the developer on setbacks.

Gas station zoning and permit considered

Council approved a zoning amendment and development variance permit for 1090 Westminster Ave. During the June 12 meeting, Council gave second and third reading of the bylaw to rezone the subject property from tourist commercial to vehicle service station. Council placed several conditions on its approval, including meeting Ministry of Transportation requirements, update transportation impact assessment reports and design the building in line with the north gateway development area.

Townhouse considered

Council approved first reading of a zoning amendment for 551 and 559 Ellis St. to allow for a five-unit townhouse development with a flex unit included in each unit. The townhouses will be designed in a three-storey row house style with a rooftop patio on each.

Van Horne Street townhouse development moves forward

Penticton Council considered a zoning amendment for 317, 325, 331, 337, 345 and 351 Van Horne St. to make way for a 27-unit townhouse development. First reading was considered by Council and the zoning amendment will go to public hearing.

B.C. Winter Games bid

The City of Penticton will submit applications to host the 2016 or 2018 B.C. Winter Games after Council supported and endorsed the local bid to host the event. Council also considered a commitment of $45,000 cash and $50,000 in-kind services and facilities for the planning and staging of the B.C. Winter Games. The B.C. Summer Games debuted in Penticton in 1978. The games provide developing high-performance athletes, coaches and officials with a stepping stone to prepare for higher levels of competition, and attract 2,0000 participants.



Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 118 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.