Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the July 2, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Challenge Penticton Canada update

Challenge Penticton Canada executive director Barb Haynes provided an update on planning for the 2013 race. Challenge Penticton Canada is part of a global series of long-distance triathlons that is linking a strong international movement to North America for the first time.

Triathlon is the world's fastest growing sport, and the Challenge Family races are all held in iconic destinations such as Challenge Penticton Canada. The new era of sport in North America includes introducing the Challenge Family brand on the continent, and the opportunity to celebrate the community and sport throughout the event.

The legendary course remains the same, and this year marks the first time triathletes can experience relays during an iron-distance triathlon in North America. A variety of festival events will happen that week as well, including a parade, fun runs, children's activities, an expo and a lot more. Those looking to volunteer or check out information on events can visit

Downtown local area improvement

Progress is being made on the Vibrant Penticton Downtown Plan, with a key piece considered by Council to begin revitalization of segments of Westminster Avenue and Martin Street. Undertaking the local area service process initiates the next step for street improvements in this area, and conversations have been underway with businesses and property owners on what is proposed for the area and what the impact would be on them.

Council approved first and second readings to a bylaw that would impose a local area service tax to offset the cost of street improvements on Westminster and Martin Street. The City's 2013 Capital Budget process included $1.25 million for the project. After working with the Downtown Revitalization Select Committee and consultations with the businesses and landowners, the proposed local area service tax by landowners was proposed at 25% ­covering sidewalk and streetscape costs only, and no roadway costs.

The bylaw requires a “petition against” of property owners, which calls for at least 50% of affected property owners who represent at least 50% of total assessed value of land and improvements of all parcels to petition against the bylaw for it not to move forward.

Temporary Downtown public washrooms

Penticton Council supported the installation of four new temporary portable washrooms located at the Nanaimo Hall site adjacent to the Centre for Urban Agriculture, following a request from the Downtown Penticton Association.

The installation of temporary washrooms will be available from July until the end of September. The washrooms will be open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Provisions include cleaning, fencing around the perimeter and for the Downtown Penticton Association to be responsible for the maintenance and costs associated with the washrooms.

Backstreet Boulevard name change

Property and business owners located on the portion of Westminster Avenue East in the downtown core approached the City of Penticton's Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee with a request to change the name of the street to Backstreet. The proposed street name change was supported by Council and the Road Renaming Bylaw received three readings after allowing affected property owners to voice their opinions on the change to Backstreet Boulevard.

Annual Report adopted

After opening the floor to delegations, Council unanimously approved the 2012 Annual Report Tuesday. The report underwent a significant redesign to showcase the City's vision of vibrancy and innovation, as well as cover art specifically chosen to recognize the Penticton Vees' historic win of the RBC Cup national championship.

The 2012 Annual Report is available at City Hall for inspection, and is available online at for download and review. A multimedia presentation was also presented to Council and is available on the City of Penticton's YouTube channel at

CEO appointed for by-election

Penticton Council appointed Dana Schmidt as Chief Election Officer, and Doug Leahy as the Deputy Chief Election Officer.

The Chief Election Officer is required under the Local Government Act to set the general voting day no later than 80 days after the date of appointment. The nomination period will be July 23 to Aug. 2, with advance polls scheduled for Aug. 28 to 29 and a general voting date of Sept. 7.

Council meeting dates changed

Penticton Council is rescheduling the July 15 meeting to July 22, as only minimum quorum numbers of Council members are available to attend the originally set date.

Skaha Lake Road

After a public hearing was held, Penticton Council adopted an Official Community Plan amendment for 275 Waterloo Ave. to remove the lot from the business park development permit area.

Wiltse Drive property remediation

Penticton Council declared the property located at 2397 Wiltse Blvd. was in contravention of the City of Penticton Building Bylaw 94-45 and the B.C. Building Code for the construction of a retaining wall along the rear property line without a building permit.

Coucil directed staff to notify the registered property owner of the impending notice on title who will be given an opportunity to speak to the matter at the July 22 Council meeting.

Commercial zone uses

Penticton Council adopted zoning text amendments to allow uses like indoor amusement, entertainment and recreation in the C6 mixed use commercial zones in Penticton.

Subdivision bylaw amended

Penticton Council adopted an amendment to the subdivision and development bylaw. The housekeeping amendment was proposed to better correspond with the Fees and Charges Bylaw.

Queen Street variance approved

Penticton council approved a development variance permit for 1164 Queen St. that reduces the front and rear-yard setback requirements. This will accommodate the placement of a small single-family home suited to the shape of the lot.

Setback variance approved for 666 Nanaimo Ave.

Penticton council approved a development variance permit application for 666 Nanaimo Ave. East reducing the front-yard building setback to allow a house renovation.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 121 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.