Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Sept. 8, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

In light of the community dialogue on parks and value of green space, Council directed staff to initiate a Parks and Recreation Master Plan process, develop terms of reference for the master plan process, undertake broad-based public engagement as part of the planning process, and that terms of reference be drafted for a proposed Parks Master Plan Select Committee. “Recreation” was added to the scope of the motion, to reflect the overlap between green spaces and sports field.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September was proclaimed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect men, and it is estimated 23,600 will be diagnosed with the disease in 2015. With early detection and treatment in the preliminary stages, 90% of prostate cancers can be cured. For more information, visit Prostate Cancer Canada’s website at

Wine in grocery stores

As a delegation to Council, the owner of Cherry Lane Liquor Store outlined concerns about Bill 22, particularly allowances for BC wine in grocery stores with no one-kilometre rule. This is not in line with the rules for government liquor stores or private liquor retails stores, which cannot be within a certain radius of each other. The concern was around repercussions to small businesses selling wine, as well as the smaller wine makers in the South Okanagan that struggle to compete against larger wineries for shelf space. Council referred the matter back to staff.

Wilson Street

Council passed third reading of zoning changes and variance permits for 2922 Wilson St. The property is located in a neighbourhood with a mix of single family, duplex and multi-family housing. Residential intensification has been happening over time, with the redevelopment of single family lots into multi-family housing along Green Avenue and Wilson Street. The applicant intends to develop a strata, multi-family project with one duplex building facing Wilson Street and one single family dwelling and a duplex facing the lane. The development consists of 5 units in total, with each unit having an approximate floor area of 138 m2 (1486 sq. ft). Each dwelling comprises 3 bedrooms and an enclosed garage.

Garage on Yorkton Avenue

Council approved a development variance permit to reduce the side yard setback of 163-321 Yorkton Ave., to 0.8 metres from 1.5, to would allow two accessory buildings to remain on a mobile home site in Figueras Mobile Home Park. The variance also sought to increase the number of accessory buildings to allow 2 and allow for a larger and higher accessory building, as well. The decision was deferred on Aug. 4 until it could be determined that the variance wouldn’t conflict with internal park rules.

GIS for water utility

A budget of $234,000 was allocated to help plan water main replacement in future. The City of Penticton has approximately 192 km of water supply mains, made of various pipe materials and sizes. Approximately 39% are made with cast iron, and most are estimated to be 60 to 75 years old. To assist with effective analysis, the implementation of a geographic information system (GIS) for the water utility is proposed, to include digital collection, filing, storage and retrieval of known and future water system attributes. Data will reflect material size, installation date, water flushing data, flow, pressure, repair history, soil conditions, inspection reports, etc. This would help prioritize replacement in a predictive manner, not reactive.

Downtown EIZ housekeeping

First three readings of bylaw changes to the Downtown Economic Investment Zone program passed to change the term of exemption offered to a potential grocery store to 10 years, consistent with Sec. 226 of the Community Charter.

Lakeshore Drive triplex

Council passed first readings of Official Community Plan and zoning changes for 476 Lakeshore Dr. West, to allow for a multi-family project with three units each 2,600 square feet. The area is currently zoned for small-lot residential, and the change would be to low-density multiple housing. A public hearing will be scheduled for Sept. 28.

Audit and banking agreements

Two agreements relating to City of Penticton financial services were approved. Council approved BDO Canada LLP as the municipal auditor for a three-year term, with an option to renew for up to two years. The banking services agreement with Valley First Credit Union was also renewed for a five-year term.

Burns Street lot lines

Zoning changes that would allow for property lot line adjustments for two properties on Burns Street moved ahead with first reading. The subject property is currently two legal lots with one apartment building, constructed in the 1960s, straddling both lots. The building is mostly on 631 Burns Street, but a small portion (4 by 5 metres) crosses the property line to 619 Burns – which can only be used as yard space. This limits the development potential for both sites. A public hearing will be held on Sept. 28.

Municipal Insurance Association

Council appointed Mayor Andrew Jakubeit as the voting delegate for the Municipal Insurance Association, as well as Coun. Helena Konanz and CAO Eric Sorensen as alternate delegates.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.