Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Jan. 7, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

B.C. Assessment presentation

B.C. Assessment's deputy assessor Tracy Wall presented to Penticton Council on the 2013 assessment roll. B.C. Assessment staff Jenelle Konrad and Raymond Nickle introduced the B.C. Assessment organization, the Assessment Roll product, the key dates outlined in the Assessment Act, definitions of market value, approaches to valuation (direct comparison, cost and income). The deadline for homeowners to appeal assessments is Thursday, Jan. 31. Assessments for the average single-family home in Penticton have decreased in 2013 from $393,000 to $375,000.

Backyard hens considered

Penticton council considered a staff report on the possible program options that would allow for keeping backyard hens. Staff recommended implementing a trial program that would allow a maximum of five backyard hens, with potential hen owners seeking applications for 18-month temporary use permits. The pilot program was based on best practices found in other municipalities that encourage residential hen keeping for egg production, in line with the backyard food production movement. Council agreed to a pilot project for 18 months, after which time the program would be reviewed.

First Responder agreement

Penticton Council endorsed a First Responder consent and indemnity agreement with the Emergency and Health Services Commission. The purpose of the agreement is to provide discretionary pre-hospital emergency care in accordance with the Emergency and Health Services Act. Endorsement allows the Penticton Fire Department training at reduced rates and indemnifies first responders.

Cedar Road closure

Penticton council approved three readings of a road closure bylaw that would remove the highway dedication of Cedar Road. On Jan. 4, 2009, Council endorsed a joint subdivision application between the City and Matheroo Construction to create a seven-lot subdivision. Under the plan, the City would retain three lots and Matheroo would retain four. The properties have since been rezoned and removed from the ALR.

Fees and charges updated

Penticton council passed three readings for two amendments to the Fees and Charges Bylaw, which would reduce building permit fees and begin the implementation of 2013 electric rates. Council adopted amendments to adjust recreation department rates.

Approving officers

Penticton council approved first three readings of a bylaw appointing the City approving officer and deputy approving officers. Director of Development Services Anthony Haddad is appointed the approving officer, whose duty is to approve subdivision plans under the Land Titles Act. Manager of Planning Jacob Belobaba, City Engineer Ian Chapman and Director of Operations Mitch Moroziuk will be appointed as deputy approving officers who act in the approving officer's absence.

Bike plan recommendation

The Transportation Advisory Committee recommended Council support the bike network plan as presented and direct staff to bring forward a report to amend the OCP to include a new bike network plan. Staff outlined the extensive consultation conducted to date, as well as some of the feedback on the proposed plan and subsequent adjustments. The committee also recommended that Council direct staff to identify the priority areas within the bike network plan and bring forward a report. Council unanimously agreed to the committee recommendation.

Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 114 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.