A brief and informal summary of the latest decisions made by Penticton City Council.
Vision of memorial getting closer
Gord Portman has a vision of a memorial bench at Marina Way Park that honours those lost to addiction. And he’s getting ever closer to realizing the dream.
Mr. Portman presented City Council a certified cheque for $8,030 to build the bench, which was raised through small donations from the community. Any additional funds that come in will go towards additional landscaping near the bench. Next steps will include working with City staff to have the bench in place by September.
Projects increase housing stock potential
City Council has given the green light to two projects that will increase the housing stock in Penticton significantly, with a total of 770 units in the mix.
City Council has approved an amendment to the Official Community Plan that will facilitate the development of the North Wiltse Block. Council also approved zoning bylaw amendments for the property that will see the construction of 686 new homes, with a mix of single detached, duplex, townhouse and apartment housing options.
As well, Council gave second and third reading to the project at 435 Green Avenue West. The project will see the construction of 84 townhouse units. A review by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is required prior to Council considering adoption of the amendments. For more information on these projects, go to shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.
Delay on Marina Way permit
City Council tabled making a decision on the issuance of a Development Variance Permit for a project that would see the construction of 99 residential units in a mix of townhouses and apartments at 206 Marina Way.
The variance would allow for an increase in building height from 24m to 35m. Concerns were expressed regarding the location of a wall for the parking garage and its impact on the adjoining building, Council asked staff and the developer to see if it could be addressed.
City looks for green funds
The City of Penticton is looking to the provincial government for help in retrofitting the Community Recreation Centre. Council will apply for a Clean BC Communities Fund to reduce greenhouse gases and improve energy efficiency. If approved, the grant would cover 73.3 per cent of the cost which is estimated at just over $1.5 million. The changes will also result in annual savings of $70,000.
Borrowing for capital projects
City Council approved borrowing $12.9 million of the estimated $18.7 million cost to upgrade and expand the Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Ridgedale Reservoir, and to replace the Penticton Avenue Pressure Reducing Valve.
Currently, the City’s debt servicing levels have dropped from 46.25 per cent to 12.88 per cent following the repayment past borrowings, including the South Okanagan Event Centre, putting the municipality in a favourable position to take on debt.
Council also approved applying for a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities (UCBM) Canada Community-Building Fund Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) for the purpose of the Penticton Ave Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Replacement capital project. If successful, the financial plan would be amended.
As well, Council supported borrowing internally $7.4 million from the Electrical Surplus Reserve for three projects including Section 2 of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route, the Point Intersection and a new two-bay garage at Fire Hall 2. The estimated combined cost for the projects is $9.3 million.
The overall savings realized by interfund borrowing in lieu of external debt borrowing financing costs is approximately $3 million, based on a 10-year term.
Extreme heat planning
In order to be better prepared for another extreme heat emergency, City Council has given the green light to apply for up to $30,000 from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund. The funding will allow for emergency management planning and risk identification specific to extreme heat emergencies and how to best prepare, adapt and mitigate those risks.
Nomination for Emergency Support Services
City Council will write a letter of support for the Penticton Emergency Support Services team for a provincial award. During 2021, the ESS team responded to 20 unique disaster events over a period of five months during wildfires and atmospheric river flooding. The 45 volunteers contributed more than 4,000 hours of service during this time. The team is being nominated for Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award.
DCC bylaw getting updated
City Council has directed staff to prepare an updated Development Cost Charges bylaw. Following a public engagement process, staff proposed the updated DCC Bylaw be prepared with a 1 per cent assist factor to align with comparable communities, to share the cost of growth with those who benefit and to reflect the increasing financial demands the City will be facing over the next 10 years for infrastructure projects.
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 (www.penticton.ca/council) or call the City’s Corporate Administration Department at 250-490-2400.