Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the March 2, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Three Mile Beach

Local beach users gave a presentation to Council about the benefit of clothing optional designations and uses, an overview of case law, and how such designations have been accomplished in other jurisdictions.

A staff report requested Council provide direction on how to proceed with Three Mile Beach, offering some options that had been discussed previously and solicited other ideas as well. Council decided to investigate specific designation of Three Mile Beach as clothing optional (indicated through signage, etc.) and investigate physical provisions like berms or landscaping to create visual barriers for the beach.

Cannery Brewing

Cannery Brewing Co. is building a new brewery at 198 Ellis St., and applied for a liquor licence to establish an interior lounge (110 occupants) and exterior patio (36 occupants). The liquor licence would allow craft beers to be served to customers for tastings and sales of our products. After delegations were accepted, Council endorsed Cannery Brewing's application.

Community policing

Penticton RCMP introduced Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, the new lead for the local Community Policing program. He gave an overview of the Community Policing volunteer recruitment campaign, such as at the Penticton Vees games. To find out more about volunteering, contact 250-490-2370 or email.

Special event liquor licences

Each year, liquor licence applications for special event organizers receive endorsement from Penticton Council. To speed up the process, beer garden applications are grouped together and submitted all at once. Council endorsed applications from South Okanagan Little League, Penticton Harlequins RFA rugby tournament, Elvis Festival, Peach City Beach Cruise, Canada Day, Penticton Scottish Festival, Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx, Rotary Club of Penticton Car Show and Challenge Penticton. Council also asked staff to work with Okanagan Fest-of-Ale to address new outdoor event. Final approval is subject to the RCMP and Liquor Control Licensing Branch.

Electrical disconnect fees

A report on the electrical disconnect/reconnect fees was presented to Council, outlining how existing rates are comparable with other service providers. Currently, customers are charged $68 for disconnection or reconnection during regular hours, and $97 for after-hours service. This is much less than $200 charged by FortisBC and $125 charged by BC Hydro for regular hours ($355 for after-hours), and is comparable to Summerland that charges $72 and Grand Forks that charges $100. On average, the City of Penticton averages 8,000 meter interactions per year (660 per month), with the majority relating to move in/out connections. There were 1,399 disconnections relating to non-payment in 2014.

BMX Track

Council considered some options to relocating the Penticton BMX Club amenities from Lions Park to 630 Munson Mountain Rd. Representatives from the Penticton BMX Club gave a presentation during a January meeting of Committee of the Whole about expansion/relocation needs for the club, as the Lions Park facility was too small to hold larger provincial- and national-scale events. The club had indicated they have funds, donors and suppliers available to make the project a reality. Through discussions with staff, 630 Munson Mountain Rd. was identified as the ideal location, requiring OCP changes, zoning changes, amendments to the lease, a $10,000 budget for water and electrical service connections and some value-in-kind. Council approved the concept, but requested the proponent work with the Penticton and Area Cycling Association on leveraging cycling opportunities.

Asset management grant

Council supported the City's application for a $10,000 grant from the provincial government's Infrastructure Planning Grant Program to complete an asset management assessment. The program offers grant support to local governments investigating the development of sustainable community infrastructure. Matching grants up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans.

Winnipeg duplex

Council gave first reading to changes that would zone 783 Winnipeg St. from duplex housing to medium-density multiple housing. The property owner intends to rezone the property and build a three-storey, 13-unit apartment building. Currently the lot is vacant, except for the parking area for 797 Winnipeg St, and the neighbourhood character features three- and four-storey apartment buildings. A public hearing on the matter will be held March 16.

PeachFest float

The PeachFest float represents the City at a number of events throughout Western Canada and Washington State. The float's sound system is no longer functional, and a replacement would serve for not only this season, but would support the next design. Council approved $1,500 to put toward replacing the sound system.

Fire bylaw

Council adopted changes to the Fire and Life Safety Bylaw. The City of Penticton and Penticton Indian Band have signed a letter of intent to enter into a fire services agreement, covering how the Penticton Fire Department will provide fire and first responder service to designated lands west of the River Channel. The current bylaw authorizes the PFD to provide fire inspection and suppression services on PIB lands. Some ambiguity in the bylaw's language was identified, and the changes provide clarity on the scope of municipal authority.

Kinney Avenue zoning

Penticton council passed third reading of zoning changes for 115 Kinney Ave. to allow a four-unit multi-family residential development. The current lot is zoned for large-lot residential, and a single family home currently exists on the site. Preliminary plans show parking and setbacks are within the zoning allowances.

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.