Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the July 21, 2014 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Wine tastings in the market

Following a public hearing, Penticton Council adopted zoning changes that would include liquor tastings and sale within the “outdoor market” use. The Government of B.C. recently made changes to the regulations around the service and sales of liquor within the province, including permitting liquor at farmers markets.

This change has generated a significant amount of interest from local suppliers in wine, craft brewery and distilling industries. Wine tastings in markets have just been deregulated by the province, but market organizers must still adhere to Liquor Control and Licensing Branch rules in order to maintain their licence. The zoning change would ensure market organizers have the flexibility to offer wine tastings in the market provided they meet all provincial regulations.

Community presentation award

Camelia Vokey, 2013 Miss BC Ambassador and recent winner of the Community Presentation Award, presented to Council her winning entry to the Community Presentation Awards of the table top representation. The piece features three panels about Penticton, bordered by a large felt Ogopogo tail.

Graffiti partnership explored

Based on a recommendation from the Protective Services Advisory Committee, Council directed staff to support a partnership with the Downtown Penticton Association to investigate professional graffiti removal options. Research by Bylaw Services found that over 30 reports of tagging have been recorded in the City so far this year, compared to 34 in all of 2013.

Further research found that successful approaches to graffiti include the “3 E's” – education, enforcement and eradication. Enforcement can be a challenge because files can take up to six months to investigate, difficult to successfully prosecute and sentences range from small fines for adults or restorative justice for youth offenders. Effective and thorough recording of tags and incidents does help with successful enforcement. Education is considered a critical component to help business owners understand the importance of removal. Best practices with eradication include 24-hour removal of graffiti to discourage additional graffiti and keep areas inviting to the public. As part of a partnership approach that includes education and enforcement, staff will investigate professional removal options.

Economic investment zone extension

Penticton Council adopted the bylaw extending the Economic Investment Zone Bylaw for six months. The intent of the bylaw is to spur development activity within key sectors of the City. The extension allows more time under the bylaw's building and occupancy permit deadlines for eligible developments.

2014 General Election

Penticton Council adopted amendments to the elections bylaw. The housekeeping amendments were proposed to encourage voter turnout to include an alternate location for an advance poll and the process for receiving mailed ballots.

Variance for former gas station

Penticton Council denied a development variance permit application to allow temporary fencing to remain at the former Petro Canada gas station on Eckhardt Avenue West (910, 920, 932, 936 Eckhardt Ave. West). The subject properties are currently vacant and undergoing remediation and environmental testing. The current fencing on the site exceeds the height limits in commercial areas of the City and is not permanently affixed to the ground.

Special occasion liquor licence endorsed

Penticton Council approved a beer-wine garden licence application for the Penticton Triathlon Race Society for Aug. 21 and 24.

Municipal grants

Penticton Council considered changes to the Municipal Grants Policy, as recommended by the Fiscal Review Advisory Committee. The proposed changes were referred to Committee of the Whole to allow Council members to workshop any potential changes.

Annual report received

Penticton Council received the 2013 Annual Report. The 2013 Annual Report has been available at City Hall for inspection since June 25, 2014. The document continues to be available to the public at City Hall Reception and online at for download and review.

Council expenses

Coun. Helena Konanz put forward a notice of motion asking Council to approve the quarterly posting of expenses on the City website incurred by elected officials. The documents are aimed at offering greater transparency on expenses of elected officials for the public. The motion passed.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 69 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.