Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the August 5, 2014 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Tree fruit industry update

BC Fruit Growers Association representatives Fred Steele and Pinder Dhaliwal presented an update on the tree fruit industry for spring 2014. They gave an overview of ongoing issues like the Agricultural Land Reserve and Bill 24, water and wildlife, labour and municipal-regional district partnerships with the agriculture sector. The association is celebrating its 125th annual meeting anniversary, hosted the Canadian Horticultural Council and CHC Apple Working Group, and sponsored a meeting of international scientists on Sterile Insect Control.

South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre

South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre representative Jake Kimberley outlined the history behind the proposal of establishing a performing arts centre on the city owned properties located on the south east corner of Ellis Street and Nanaimo Avenue. SOPAC requested a restrictive covenant be placed on the properties to identify them for the purpose of a performing arts centre. Council referred the matter back to staff for investigation.

Shopping mall variance

Sunshine Shopping Centre received a zoning variance to increase the permitted height of a sign on the west side of Skaha Lake Road north of Brandon Avenue. The variance permits the sign to be 9.95 metres high, above the nine-metre limit outlined under zoning. Although more signs are permitted on the property, one free-standing sign was proposed. Council also approved a restrictive covenant to limit the number of free-standing signs on the site to one.

Bassett Street variance

A front yard zoning setback for 101 Bassett St. was relaxed through zoning variance, allowing the building to be 3.5 metres from the front property line. The project includes a new home with a secondary suite and single detached garage. The variance also eliminated the need to provide one parking space for the secondary suite.

Martin Street variance

A zoning variance for 700 Martin St. was approved, reducing the minimum lot area of a property in the C3 zone. The property, on the corner of Eckhardt Avenue and Martin Street, is a triangle shape and features a house converted into a dentistry office. A piece of the property was sold to the City to allow for electrical line access, but that left a parcel of land that is typically smaller than allowed under the C3 zone.

Storage container approved

Kondolas Furniture was granted a zoning variance at 2549 Skaha Lake Rd., allowing a metal storage container to remain in its current location within a required side yard. The 8x40 foot metal storage container was placed on the site a number of years ago; however, when the small size of the lot and restrictive setback allowed in the C7 zone is factored in, no storage container could be placed on site without a variance.

Poplar Grove Winery hours

Penticton Council recommended to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to approve the application from Poplar Grove Winery to permanently amend their hours of operation to open one hour earlier, starting at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m., Sunday to Saturday.

Regency Southwood Retirement Resort

Council approved the public notification process to gather views on the Regency Southwood Retirement Resort's liquor application. The endorsement would allow the patrons to consume alcohol in designated areas including a sport lounge, bistro bar, games room, library and two exterior patios from Sunday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. The application will hear public comments on Aug. 18.

BCAA service shop

Penticton Council passed first reading of bylaw changes that would permit a BCAA building containing a service shop, carwash and office space that would allow construction at 2111 Main St. The new 29,776-square-metre building would be situated next to the liquor store currently under construction on the site. The zoning application will go to public hearing Aug. 18.

Strata conversion

Penticton Council approved the strata conversion of a fee-simple duplex located at 2531 Cornwall Dr. to a strata-titled duplex subject to elements including registration at the Land Title Office.

PenMar Community Arts Society support

The PenMar Community Arts Society needs to raise capital to support the construction and redevelopment of the former Penmar Cinema, and is actively fundraising through membership initiatives, sponsorships and grant applications. The society is regularly asked for letters of support as part of grant application processes. Council approved sending the society a letter of support to help them in their fundraising efforts.

PACA support

Last fall, Council leased land known as the 3 Blind Mice to the Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA). PACA is responsible for design and construction of new trails and to ensure trails and jumps meet International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) standards for safety. PACA wants the area to become an international ride centre through IMBA, which could be a major tourist draw for the City. They are currently applying to the National Trails Coalition for trail grant funding. Council approved sending the association a letter of support to help them in their fundraising efforts.

Quarterly reports

Council received an update on strategic priorities and departmental work plans for the second quarter of 2014. The next quarterly update will be brought forward to Council in October 2014.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 70 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online. Go to Top