Council Highlights August 21, 2018

                      August 21, 2018 – Council Meeting Highlights


Carriage Homes

Council was provided information on carriage home regulations and processes.  Council agreed that carriage houses in the city are an integral factor in creating additional low cost housing units, have added value to our citizens as mortgage helpers, and assist in family planning and property development.   A number of issues including, limitations on gross floor area, relational regulations for size and height to the principal dwelling, as well as landscaping/screening, community design, vehicle access and parking, were discussed.  Council directed staff to bring forward a recommendation on regulations to carriage houses with consideration to the issues identified and in keeping with the spirit of the Official Community Plan and Development Permits.  Recommendations for immediate changes to the Zoning Bylaw is anticipated for the Council meeting scheduled on September 18, 2018, with direction to include a full review of carriage house regulations through the OCP process that is in progress.

 Penticton Economic Development Partnership

Council gave their support to the creation of the Penticton Economic Development Partnership between the following organizations who are now working together to promote a vibrant and collaborative economy in Penticton:

City of Penticton, Downtown Penticton Association, Penticton Indian Band, Travel Penticton, Transport Canada - Penticton Airport, SOS Local Immigration Partnership, University of British Columbia / Mitacs, Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen, Okanagan College, Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, Penticton Industrial Development Association, Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services.

Building Bylaw No. 2018-01

Council gave first reading to the new Building Bylaw presented by the Building and Permitting Manager.  Ongoing changes in regulations and building codes require the City to make changes and amendments to ensure Penticton is a livable, thriving, safe and sustainable City by guiding how buildings are constructed, occupied and how businesses operate.

 Green Infrastructure – Environment Quality Program

Council adopted the draft City of Penticton Ridgedale Reservoir Grant Water Conservations Plan, as prepared by AECOM as part of the Grant Application for the Ridgedale Reservoir Expansion Grant.    Council moved on the recommendation of staff to undertake public consultation on the Draft City of Penticton Water Conservation Plan prior to finalizing it and bring it back to Council for adoption.

 These highlights are intended to provide a brief summary of recent Council proceedings.  The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items.  For a detailed account of the full agenda, including staff reports, other supporting documents and official meeting minutes, please consult the City’s website ( or call the City’s Corporate Administration Department at 250-490-2400.