Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Nov. 18, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

2014 electrical rates options

Penticton council reviewed a staff report outlining potential revisions to the 2014 electrical rates, which take into consideration three separate components.

First is the FortisBC increase of the price of power purchased by the City of Penticton, 3.3%. Second is the increase of the price FortisBC pays for power purchased from BC Hydro, 1.6%. When the BC Hydro rate increase will take effect is not known at this time, but to set rates in Penticton, implementation has been assumed to be April of 2014. This yields an increase of 1.2%.

Third is the difference between the actual and modeled revenue. This is calculated to be
-0.2%, applied to the price of power that the City sells to its customers.

The increases listed above can be applied in different ways, and this creates three alternatives to be considered that have different impacts on customers. Alternative 1 applies the increases to the rate the City purchases power at; this affects customers the least. Alternative 2 applies the increase to the existing rate the City sells power; this has the largest impact on customers. Alternative 3 applies an average of the two.

  • Alternative 1 – Apply the FortisBC and BC Hydro increases (4.5%) at the wholesale power purchase level and the revenue difference increase (-0.2%) at the Retail Power Sale level for a total increase of 3.28%.
  • Alternative 2 – Apply the FortisBC and BC Hydro increases (4.5%) at the Retail Power Sale Level and the Revenue Difference increase (-0.2%) at the Retail Power Sale level for a total increase of 4.78%.
  • Alternative 3 – Apply an average of the FortisBC, BC Hydro and Revenue Difference increases at the Retail Power Sale level for a Total increase of 4.03%.

Council directed staff to proceed with the public notification process in advance of the public input session scheduled for December 2nd.

Bassett Street duplex

Penticton council adopted bylaw amendments to rezone 268 Bassett St. from low-density residential (RM2) to duplex housing lane (RD2) to allow for construction of a duplex.

Land use for Dartmouth-Green area

After a public hearing was held, Council adopted an Official Community Plan amendment and Zoning amendments for a collection of parcels in the Dartmouth and Green Avenue area to facilitate future development.

Two main changes from the original land use proposal were to realign the park boundary, addressing concerns over fill in the area and adequate buffers between the existing neighbourhood and the new subdivision. A newly designed park would provide this buffer. The changes also allow for street network revisions to address geotechnical and environmental concerns, including the discovery of nugget moss, a federally identified protected species.

The OCP amendment changes the permitted use from parks and recreation to low-density residential on a section of 2725 Dartmouth Drive and Zoning amendments change agriculture to small lot residential zoning and large and small lot residential to parks and recreation zoning.

Retaining wall assessment

Penticton Council directed staff to ensure owners of 555 Wade Ave. East obtain a vacant building registration permit as outlined under the Good Neighbour Bylaw. Penticton Council further directed staff to retain the services of a structural engineer to review the condition of the rear retaining wall to assess its current condition and potential impact on the subject site and adjacent properties.

Heritage committee recommendations

Penticton Council deferred the Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee's recommendation relating to the purchase and installation of a flat car along Marina Way Lookout as part of a heritage exhibit until after an additional staff presentation. Council also supported the committee's recommendation to submit a $25,000 grant application to BC Creative Spaces fund in partnership with CoWork Penticton.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 119 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.