Council Highlights

Council Highlights

A brief and informal summary of the latest decisions made by Penticton City Council. 

Safe Public Places moves to next phase
City council has given first reading to the Safe Public Places Bylaw that would clearly establish expectations for public behaviour and provide Community Safety Officers with the authority to enforce the expectations.

The City is preparing to begin a public consultation process to gain feedback on the proposed measures. Details will be provided once confirmed.

More on the bylaw and other measures Penticton is taking to create a safe and resilient community can be found on the City’s Focus on Safety page.

Decision on Point Intersection work deferred
With tenders coming in more than $3 million over budget for the Point Intersection project, council has directed staff to provide more information before making a final decision.

A request for proposal closed at the end February to construct the Point Intersection and was originally budgeted at $7.4 million.  

The project would see: 

  •  a new roundabout at Galt Avenue/Pineview Road and South Main Street
  • reconstruction of Galt Avenue including a new signalized intersection with Skaha Lake Road and,
  • the closure of Kinney Avenue to vehicle traffic between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street
  • Related projects include the overlapping section of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route (Kinney to Galt), asphalt rehabilitation on Warren Avenue and Main Street, and Greenwood Drive sidewalk and traffic calming. 

Council will re-examine the issue at the next scheduled meeting on April 3 at 10 a.m.

City will apply for EOC grant
Council has given its support to apply for a $30,000 grant for funding of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

The funds, distributed through the Union of BC Municipalities, will be used for EOC section exercises, supplies and a live exercise between the EOC and Emergency Support Services. 

Zoning bylaw moving ahead
An updated Zoning Bylaw is one step closer following a public hearing and the council giving the bylaw second and third readings.

The changes are designed to present an effective, user-friendly zoning bylaw that is easy to interpret and to be used by staff, developers, the public and homeowners, and one that meets the current and anticipated needs of our community. 

The major updates are intended to assist with implementing the Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which was endorsed by Council in 2021.

Encouraging net zero construction
After two presentations on reducing building emissions, Council has asked staff to prepare a report on possible incentives to meet provincial government regulations through net zero construction.