Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Sept. 23, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Mayor and Councillor sworn in

Penticton Mayor Garry Litke and Coun. Katie Robinson took the oath of office in a short ceremony presided by Corporate Officer Dana Schmidt.

Following the ceremony, Mayor Litke outlined several items on the horizon, such as the retirement of the South Okanagan Events Centre financing and growth of Okanagan College, that indicate a bright future for the community of Penticton. He outlined his priorities for the term, including increasing transparency, reviewing the committee structure with the aim to add one addressing protective services and offering an open “Brown Bag Lunch with the Mayor” on Wednesdays the week of Council meetings. The open sessions would allow Penticton residents to come to City Hall Council Chambers, meet with the Mayor and discuss relevant topics at hand.

Open for Business Awards

Penticton Mayor Garry Litke presented City Manager Annette Antoniak with the Open for Business Awards, presented to the City of Penticton during the UBCM annual convention. The City of Penticton has won the 2013 Open for Business Award, a provincial program that recognizes communities that support small business through local government measures.

The awards are issued by B.C.'s Small Business Roundtable, established in 2005 to be the voice for small business to government. The Province is awarding $10,000 to each winning community to help implement measures that benefit small business. Winners were announced Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference in Vancouver.

Award evaluations are based on how they enhance small-business competitiveness, recognize the contributions of small businesses to the community and promote the principles of the B.C. Small Business Accord.

Key initiatives outlined in the City of Penticton's submission included a property tax gap for small business among the best of the province, economic incentive zone program, reduction in building permit fees between 25 and 30% to be the most competitive in the South Okanagan, improved business licence application processes, research data provision for small business and an ongoing commitment to entrepreneurs led by the Economic Development Office and Development Services Division.

Bylaw amendments

Penticton Council adopted bylaw amendments relating to bylaw notice enforcement and document execution. The amendments regarding bylaw notice enforcement address housekeeping issues. Council also adopted the document execution bylaw with respect to 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.

Cherry Lane Mall liquor store postponed

Penticton Council postponed second and third readings of the land use contract bylaw for 2111 Main St. that would allow for the construction of a liquor store 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.

Painted Rock Winery receives endorsement

Council recommended to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that it approve the application from Painted Rock Winery for winery lounge and special event area endorsements. 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 and host events like weddings.

Liquor licence transfer

Penticton Council recommended to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that it approve the application from the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club transferring the 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.

Wade Avenue property remediation

Penticton Council postponed the staff report regarding remedial actions at 555 Wade Ave., in light of the work initiated to clear debris, weeds and graffiti on the building. The topic will return in a month, when Council can direct staff to proceed with registering a notice on title under Section 74 of the Community Charter if required.

Winnipeg driveway

Penticton Council approved a development variance permit for that property located at 657 Winnipeg St. that would waive the requirement that all vehicular access be from a lane, where a lane exists, to allow for a driveway from Winnipeg Street with the following conditions:

  • The driveway be setback one metre from the existing power pole
  • The driveway letdown have a maximum width of 4.3 metres
  • The areas in the front yard adjacent to the new driveway be free of gravel and landscaped

Commercial business rezoning

Penticton Council considered a zoning amendment for 380 and 360 Westminster Ave. West that would allow for the renovation of an existing commercial business including the addition of a residential unit on the ground floor. First reading was passed, and the application will go to public hearing.

Official Community Plan amendment

Penticton Council gave first reading to the Official Community Plan amending the exemptions section of Section 6.8 Business Park development Permit Area of OCP Bylaw 2002-20 to increase the size of buildings that the development permit exemption applies to from 100 square metres and 20% of principal building to 350 square metres and 40% of the principal building to better reflect the true intent of the exemption and to offer incentives investment in the business park area of the city.

Policy renamed

Penticton Council deferred revisions to the community grants policy and amendments to the 2014 budget process.

Bike network improvements

After significant public consultation sessions, staff presented Penticton Council with an outline of what the 2013 bike network improvements could include. Options included Ellis Street (Vancouver Avenue to Wade), Power Street (Westminster to Lakeshore Drive), Dawson Street (Government to Dartmouth). Dartmouth Drive was suspended to allow for an intersection assessment. Council unanimously approved the 2013 projects.

Parkway school traffic calming

Penticton Council directed staff to install the first stage of traffic calming measures at Parkway Elementary School, which included using delineators and temporary speed humps. The measures are temporary in nature, to allow staff to assess the success of calming efforts.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 124 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.