August 1 Council Highlights

Arena grant application moving forward
Council, at their July 25, 2017 Special Council meeting, directed staff to proceed with an addendum to the Strategic Priorities Fund grant application to allocate funding towards a new multi-use facility (twin surface arena on the west side of the SOEC complex and complete the financial analysis, develop the funding strategy and further consult with the community prior to making a final decision on the recommended option.

2016 Annual Report
The 2016 Annual Report for the City of Penticton was received by Council.  Citizens may download a copy of the report at or visit City Hall at 171 Main St. to review a copy between regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Monday to Friday. 

Unsightly property clean up
Council approved the hiring of a private contractor to clean up an unsightly property located at 485 Westminster Ave. W.,  with the cost for the clean up billed to the property owners.

Municipal Grant amendments approved
Council approved the amendments to the Municipal Grant Policy.  The amendments will increase the flexibility by simplifying the application process for organizations and increase the transparency of the decision-making process for Council.

Road Closure
Council adopted Road Closure (Nanaimo Avenue) Bylaw No. 2017-49, to close a portion of boulevard adjacent to Nanaimo Avenue south of 298 Van Horne Street to facilitate the land swap for land required for the Penticton Creek restoration works.

2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan
The 2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-47 was adopted.

Land Matters
Council adopted and approved the following land matters:

380 White Ave. E.
Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-20 and DVP PL2017-7845

730 Kamloops Avenue
Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-45 and DVP PL2017-7938

747 Government Street
Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-32 and DVP PL2017-7910

190, 196 Bassett Street
Following the Public Hearing, Council gave second and third reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-48 to rezone the property from R2 (Small Lot Residential) to RM2 (Low Density Multiple Housing.  The applicant is proposing to construct a seven-unit townhouse development. 

Outdoor patio application
Council supported the Structural Change to the Liquor Primary Licence application made by Cascades Casino Penticton located at 200-553 Vees Drive for the addition of a new outdoor patio with a maximum occupant load of 14 persons.

1706 Main Street
Council gave first reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-50, a bylaw to add the uses “dwelling units, congregate housing, transitional housing and emergency shelter” to the C7 zone on a site specific basis. The property was recently purchased by BC Housing with the intent of converting the motel into housing for those in need of mental health services, persons suffering from addictions and persons in housing crisis.  The property is also intended to accommodate the City’s homeless and emergency weather response shelters.  This matter to be forwarded to the August 15, 2017 Public Hearing.

910, 920, 932, 946 Eckhardt Ave. W.
Council gave first reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-51 to rezone 910 Eckhardt Ave. W. from C8 (Vehicle Service Station) to CT1 (Tourist Commercial); to rezone 920, 932 and 946 Eckhardt Ave. W. from R2 (Small Lot Residential) to CT1 (Tourist Commercial) and to increase the maximum height, waive the bicycle parking and decrease the parking ratio.  The applicant is proposing to construct a four storey, 75 suite hotel.  This matter to be forwarded to the August 15, 2017 Public Hearing.

ALR subdivision application supported
Council supported the ALR subdivision application for the property located at 190 Middle Bench Road South. The proposed lot is 1.08 acres (0.44ha) and the applicants require approval from the Agriculture Land Committee.

1399 Government Street
Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2017-26 to rezone the property from R1 (Large Lot Residential) to C1 (Commercial Transition) without the requirement for any road dedication.

Further details of the Public Hearing (land and zoning matters) portion of Council Meetings can be found on the City’s website.

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