Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Jan. 21, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

2013 Tourism Penticton Board of Director appointments

Penticton council appointed six people to serve on the 2013 Tourism Penticton board of directors for a two-year term ending 2014 as follows: Diana Stirling (LocoLanding Adventure), Miranda Halladay (Elephant Island Winery), Sally Pierce (SOEC/PTCC), Cameron Smith, Sheila Perapalkin and Alex Long.

Another five individuals were appointed to serve a one-year term ending December 2013: Laura Carleton (Granfondo/Challenge Penticton), Chuck Loewen (City of Penticton), Leslie Gabriel (Penticton Indian Band), Lori Pike (Township 7 Winery), and Robert Appleman (Lakeside Villa/Penticton Hospitality Association).

RDOS financial plan for 2013-2017

Warren Everton, chief financial officer for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, presented to Penticton council the proposed 2013-2017 financial plan. In addition to working with various partners who participate in regional programs, the RDOS began its budget process with a baseline and requisition changes are due to inflationary and contractual increases.

Some costs that could see increases include 911 primary operations contract with the RCMP, 911 dispatch infrastructure improvements and implementation of the master plan for regional trails. The RDOS is also reviewing how to handle an increased volume of recycling and the associated costs with that type of waste.

The requisition for 2013 is estimated to be $1,388,806, including a $70,998 difference from 2012 or 5.39 percent change for Penticton taxpayers.

West Okanagan Lake waterfront design

Staff presented to Penticton Council the potential design elements of the West Okanagan Lake waterfront. Since Council decided on Option 4 among the Lakeshore Drive path designs, the Waterfront Enhancement Select Committee has been reviewing several options presented by staff on walkway elements like pathway patterns and colours, the building medium for the pathway, bollard location options, railings, curbing, tree planter boxes, signage, benches, tables, lighting and water access ramps for the mobility challenged.

Penticton Council received the waterfront committee's minutes and endorsed the Lakeshore Drive path options as recommended by the committee, in addition to recommending an oversight committee be struck to oversee the budget and timeline of the project.

Utility payment and disconnection policies

Penticton Council endorsed changes to the utility payment and disconnection policies to move the billing cycles to be closer to the meter reading cycles to increase efficiencies, address account payments and provide accurate billing and reporting efforts for residents.

The due date system was proposed to be changed to one due date per billing cycle for both residential and commercial customers, which would allow 22 days for payment with the discounted amount to streamline processes. The disconnection policy was also proposed to change to include a mailed notice the day after the billing due date, with disconnection dates scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of the month. The timing of the mild notice would also be altered, shifting from a mailed notice to be an automated phone call if the customer has a valid number listed on their account.

Fire protection mutual aid agreement

Penticton council endorsed the renewal of the fire protection mutual aid agreement between the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen, Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Princeton, District of Summerland, the Hedley Improvement District, the Oliver Fire Protection District and the Osoyoos Rural Fire Protection District for a further five-year term.

Bylaw amendments

Penticton Council passed the first three readings of three bylaws for subdivision and development amendments, building bylaw and fire and life safety bylaw. The amendments address fire flow demands, and provide wording clarification on the requirements for the development community.

Lot size variance approved

Penticton council approved a development variance permit application for 300 Huth Ave. that would allow a subdivision of the property with a reduced minimum lot size requirement from 2,000 square-metres to 20.9 square-metres. The subdivision application would allow Fortis BC to transfer the parcel of land to the Penticton Indian Band for the preservation of land where ancestral remains had been located for ceremonial and education purposes.

Skaha Lake Road OCP and zoning amendment

Penticton council considered an official community plan amendment for 3039 Skaha Lake Rd. to redesignate the western portion of the site, which would include the entire property in the general tourist commercial development permit area. A zoning amendment was also considered to rezone the western portion from medium-density multiple housing to general commercial. First reading was considered by Council and the official community plan and zoning amendments will go to public hearing.

Trails and cycling networks official community plan amendment

Penticton council considered an official community plan amendment to amend the segment pertaining to the trails and cycling networks. The changes would include the proposed Penticton cycling network plan into the OCP to guide future uses of streets and paths. The cycling network plan would be forwarded to three agencies including the RDOS, School District 67 and Penticton Indian Band. First reading was passed, and will be going to public hearing once consultation feedback has been received.

Museum to Heritage Canada letter of support request

Penticton council endorsed the request by Museum to Heritage Canada for a letter support of their grant application to the Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage fund for the purpose of hosting a Steamfest Festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the launch of the S.S. Sicamous Sternwheeler and the S.S. Naramata Tug in 1914 for its fiscal year April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

Quarterly report presented

Council received an update from staff on the Penticton Citizen Survey, 2013 budget, 2012 strategic priorities and departmental work plan for the last quarter of 2012. The next quarterly update will be brought forward to Council in April 2013.

Cedar Road closure

Penticton council adopted the road closure bylaw that would remove the highway dedication of Cedar Road.

Fees and charges updated

Penticton council adopted the two amendments to the Fees and Charges Bylaw which will reduce building permit fees and begin the implementation of 2013 electric rates.



Penticton 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.