Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Sept. 3, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Downtown local area improvement

Penticton Council adopted the bylaw that initiates a local area service tax associated with Downtown revitalization on Westminster Avenue 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 contribution from landowners was set at 25% of the costs associated with the sidewalk and streetscape.

Construction for the revitalization on Westminster Avenue and Martin Street is set for February 2014.

Multi Material BC recycling incentive

Penticton Council accepted the financial incentives offered by Multi Material B.C. for the curbside collection, recycling depot service, resident education and service administration for the residential and multifamily recycling collection.

A contract with a term ending June 30, 2016 with MMBC was authorized to coincide with the current curbside collection contract, as well as an ability to extend for a further two years. Council also directed staff to renegotiate the contract with BFI Canada, the current curbside collection provider, to meet the MMBC standards.

Property remediation

Penticton Council declared the property located at 363 Churchill Ave. in contravention of Section 74 of the Community Charter, and required remedial action to clear the debris, weeds and other nuisances. The owner was provided an opportunity to speak and no individuals came forward. Staff was directed to proceed with registering a notice on title under Section 57 of the Community Charter.

Also, Penticton Council considered 555 Wade Ave. in contravention of Section 74 of the Community Charter, requiring remedial action to clear the debris, weeds and other nuisances. The owner will be given an opportunity to speak at the Sept. 23 meeting.

Liquor licence transfer

Penticton Council received a request from the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club proposing a transfer of their liquor licence from 675 Marina Way to 293 Marina Way, including a change to their existing licence in the capacity/occupant load increasing it from 32 to 75. As per the Liquor Licencing Act and public notice process, letters will be sent to the owners, occupants and residents of adjacent properties, and delegations will be accepted at the Sept. 23 meeting of Council.

Bylaw amendments

Penticton Council passed the first three readings of amendments to the Bylaw Notice Enforcement and Document Execution Bylaws. The amendments regarding Bylaw Notice Enforcement address housekeeping issues.

Council endorsed the inclusion of a list of documents and agreements that the Mayor or any Councillor and Corporate Officer or Deputy Corporate Officer are authorized to execute on behalf of the City with respect to the Document Execution Bylaw.

Painted Rock Winery receives endorsement

Council directed staff to implement a public notification process to gather views on the Painted Rock Winery liquor application. The property is at 400 Smyth Dr., on a rural local road that is currently the main access point for the Skaha Climbing Bluffs. The endorsement would allow patrons to purchase and consume wine in a designated lounge area as well as host special events like weddings, concerts or promotional events. Painted Rock proposes to operate a bistro seven days a week from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Cherry Lane Mall liquor store considered

Penticton Council passed first reading amending the Land Use Contract Bylaw for 2111 Main St. to allow for the construction of a liquor store that would be situated next to the existing gas bar. The land use contract must be amended or discharged from the property title to provide for any changes or expansion to the mall.

Waterfront upgrades

Penticton Council supported the revised Marina Way Lookout concept as presented to the Waterfront Enhancement Select Committee. The Marina Way Lookout project fits within Council's strategic priority of waterfront enhancement. While the project may be much smaller in scale than other waterfront initiatives, it has the potential to provide great return for residents and visitors, with more green space, restored ecological habitat and a tranquil place for people to enjoy the Okanagan Lake vista. Public consultation on the proposed plan yielded comments on parking, washroom facilities, lighting, support for environmental improvement and recognition of the area's heritage.

Penticton Council also considered master plan elements for the waterfront and streetscape for future improvements to the S.S. Sicamous area and create future structures and activities for children on Okanagan Lake. Adaptations to the west Okanagan Lake waterfront enhancement plan to accommodate S.S. Sicamous park concepts were deferred pending the 2014 budget deliberations.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 117 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.