March 6, 2018 Council Meeting Highlights

Smart Cities Challenge Update
Keith MacIntyre and Diana Sterling presented the overall goal of the challenge which is finding the greatest challenge that the most people face in the city, and that can be solved through technology. A high priority is to hear from 5000 residents and so far have engaged 2100 citizens and will now be reaching out to stakeholder groups and they encourage people to reach out and provide their ideas of 10 projects for $10 Million (watch for the big “10” around the community).  A key theme that has emerged is ‘Penticton as one healthy entity’ and health means many things to different people.  The deadline for the single challenge sentence statement is April 24th.

Housing Needs Assessment Update and Growth Projection
Abhishek Mamgain, VP of Urbanics Consulting Ltd. presented the data and methods used for defining the Penticton Housing Needs.  Data includes the baseline 2011 and more recent 2016 census data and methods examined historical growth and population growth to make housing needs projections.  Expectation is that the population will grow from 34,500 today to 42,000 by 2046. There is an estimate of a need for 108 net new owned housing and 38 net new rental units per year.

Penticton Yacht Club and Marina
Marc Tougas, Secretary of Penticton Yacht Club and Marina 32, outlined the needs for capital upgrades, repairs and general maintenance of the marina. In order to invest the Club is requesting a 5 year extension to 2023 with an option to renew for 2 additional years to 2025. The Club is prepared to present to Council a full investment plan upon agreement of a lease extension. Many of the docks are in need of repair/replacement.  Council directed staff to look at options for extending the lease as requested.

FIRESMART Planning and Activities Grant
Council supported the application for grant funding from UBCM for FIRESMART Planning & Activities for Wildland Urban Interface neighborhoods within the City of Penticton.  If successful, this funding will allow for the mitigation of risk from wildfire for wildland urban interface areas. The City of Penticton has been participating in the FIRESMART program since 2016.

Official Community Plan Update
Staff presented an update on the OCP process to date and the next steps that will include working with the Community Task Force, Advisory Committees and general public to draft goals and policies in the subject areas.   For information on the Official Community Plan please visit

Bylaw Services Prioritization Session Summary and 2018-2019 Operational Plan
Council received a summary of the Bylaw Services Prioritization Session held on February 8, 2018.  Council approved the Bylaw Services priorities for 2018-2019; the addition of one full-time Bylaw Enforcement Officer to a total of $50,000 in 2018 and the additional costs of a dedicated vehicle for the Bylaw Services department.

Economic Development
Council received the staff report titled “Economic Development – Review & Economic Indicators.  The report provided an update on the status of the operational plan and indicators to the community on some of the key indicators of the local economy.

Asset Management Storm Water Utility
Council adopted Alternative 1 - being a Tiered Storm Water Utility Rate Structure for 2018 based on property classification and the Business/Light Industry/Major Industry/Utilities was further separated by creating tiers based on assessment values as the best available proxy for size of operation.  The Storm Water Utility will be a separate charge on taxes and the 2018 general tax bill is to be reduced by the amount of the 2018 Storm Water Utility Charge.

Council also gave first, second and third reading to “Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw 2018-07”, a Bylaw  to  amend  Fees  and  Charges  Bylaw  2014-07,  to  add  a new  Appendix  31-  Storm  Water Utility  as referenced in the staff report.

South Okanagan Shared Services Report
Council receive d the South Okanagan Shared Services Report dated January 29, 2018.  In the fall of 2016 the City of Penticton, along with the School District #67, the Regional District of Okanagan

Similkameen (RDOS), and the District of Summerland sought the services of a Professional Consulting firm to assist in exploring the potential to undertake shared services among the various agencies. The organizations have found ways to share services and will explore others.  The final report from the shared services initiative is due to the province by March 31, 2018.

274 Kinney Avenue
Council gave first reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-14, a bylaw to rezone the property from R2 (Small Lot Residential) to RM2 (Low Density Multiple Housing).  The applicant is proposing to construct a three-storey, six-unit townhouse.  This matter will be forwarded to the March 20, 2018 Public Hearing. 

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

These highlights are intended to provide a brief summary of actual Council proceedings. To view the detailed agenda for all Council meetings including staff reports and other supporting documents as well as the official meeting minutes, please consult the City’s website. If you need assistance viewing contents on the website please contact the Communications Officer at 250-490-2583. The Penticton Public Library can also assist with viewing contents on the City’s website.