Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Aug. 6, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Main Street traffic flow

Traffic flow options for Downtown Penticton were outlined in a report to Council. The Downtown Plan identified a number of capital projects and policy changes to be implemented in the short, medium and long-term to achieve a Vibrant Penticton and revitalized downtown area. One of the projects identified was to explore options for traffic flow along Main and Martin streets and determine potential impacts on the Downtown and surrounding areas. Urban Systems was contracted in 2012 to explore traffic options downtown, particularly to determine how the streets would function in the event of changes of direction.

Two primary options were presented as viable alternatives: first, maintain one-way traffic flow on Main and Martin Streets and reduce the number of lanes on Main Street from three to two lanes; or second, convert Main and Martin streets to two-way from Jermyn Street to Lakeshore Drive and reduce the number of lanes on Main Street from three to two lanes. The cost to maintain the current flow but reduce lanes is estimated to cost $424,000, whereas the conversion to two-way is estimated to cost between $1.97 million to $2.7 million.

Council voted to maintain one-way traffic flow in Downtown Penticton, to focus revitalization efforts on streetscape enhancements and revitalization, instead of traffic signals.

Industrial Court variance

Penticton council considered a development variance permit for 182 Industrial Crt. that reduces the minimum required rear yard from 7.5 metre to 0.3 metre to allow for the construction of two-storey prefabricated building with corrugated steel cladding. The building would be primarily used for vehichle storage and automotive repairs.

The property abuts two residential properties, requiring a 7.5-metre rear-yard building setback. Council deferred the motion to allow the City to reach out to neighbouring property owners to ascertain what their concerns are, if any.

Westminster gas station design

Penticton council denied the request to amend the development permit for 1090 Westminster Ave. West to remove the louvers from the final building design. Louvers are an architectural feature containing a series of horizontal slats that are normally installed across a window or opening to allow a minimal amount of light to pass through the window or into the space being shaded. Much like a pergola, the functional purpose of louvers is to provide shade and can also be an attractive aesthetic feature for a building.

Kinney Ave land use

Penticton Council postponed the first reading of Official Community Plan amendments to change the future use designation for 174 Kinney Ave. from parks and recreation to medium density residential until it includes a rezoning application and development permit application that details the proposed development of the land.

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, theMinutesare also available online.