July 20, 2021 Council Highlights

Service Announcement

Interior Health – Overdose Crisis in Penticton
Dr. Karen Goodison, Carl Meadows, Jana Abetkoff, Lesley Coates and Tanya Osborne (via Zoom) were in attendance and provided Council with an overview of the overdose crisis in Penticton.    

2021 Local Government By-Election Summary
Council received into the record the 2021 Local Government By-Election summary. A total of 5060 people cast their votes in the by-election, representing 17% of eligible voters.

Community Opinion and Skaha Lake Marina Next Steps
Council reaffirmed their commitment to abide by the results of the Community Opinion Question that was successfully supported on the June 19, 2021 by-election ballot. Council also directed staff to proceed to develop a Request for Proposals for the development of a long-term Operating Management Agreement up to 25 years for the Skaha Marina lands and refer the proposal to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee for review before returning to Council for approval.

Economic Development Update - Q2 2021
Staff provided the Economic Development Update – Q2 2021.

Gyro Park Washrooms/Activate Penticton Outdoor Rink
Council supported the partnership with the Activate Penticton Society for the design and construction of the Gyro Park Washroom facilities and associated rink infrastructure. Council approved a $200,000 grant to support the plan and promote the wellbeing and vitality of the community.

Enhancing Public Washrooms to Support COVID Recovery and the Age Friendly Action Plan    
Council supported the application to the Government of Canada’s Canada Community Revitalization Fund for the construction of accessible community washrooms with a total grant request of $200,000. The washroom locations will be at Riverside Park and Okanagan Lake Park.

Free Transit for Children 12 and Under Program 
Council supported free transit fares to children 12 years and under. Currently fares are free to children ages 6 and younger. This program encourages riders and families within the community to use public transit.

City Reopening Plans  
Staff provided Council with the City’s reopening plans.  The Province has released a restart plan that begins to safely bring people back together.

Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan 2020 - 2045
Council adopted the Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan 2020-2045 which includes the Water Master Plan, Stormwater Master Plan, Sanitary Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Technical Memo 6: Capital Works Integration.

Second Quarter 2021 Corporate Business Plan Update
Council received into record the Second Quarter Financial Update report. The 2021 corporate business plan had 47 initiatives and included 8 deferred initiatives from 2020 due to COVID-19.

Road Closure and Notice of Disposition
Re: Road Adjacent to 3914 Valleyview Road

Council gave first, second and third reading to “Road Closure (section of Valleyview Road adjacent to 3914 Valleyview Road) Bylaw No. 2021-27”, a bylaw that closes a 190m2 section of road right-of-way.

Council also directed staff to proceed with notification, as per the Community Charter, allowing those persons who may be impacted by the road closure to be provided the opportunity to make presentations to Council at the August 17, 2021 Regular Meeting.

Development Procedures and Delegation Amendment Bylaw 2021-28
Council gave first, second and third reading to “Development Procedures and Delegation Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-28”, a bylaw that increases the notification distances from 45m to 100m for development applications requiring mailed notices.

Council also gave direction to staff to amend the fees and charges bylaw to increase the application fee for impacted applications by $88 to cover the increased costs associated with the increased notification distances.

Official Community Plan Amendment Application
Re: 955 Timmins Street

Council, following the Community Engagement for OCP Amendments Procedure, directed staff to commence public engagement for a proposed Official Community Plan future land use designation change from ‘industrial’ to ‘urban residential’, in support of a multi-family development for 955 Timmins Street.

Local Government Support for Cannabis Retail Store
Re: 103-1652 Fairview Road

Council supported a recommendation to the British Columbia Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for a non-medical cannabis retail store license for 103-1652 Fairview Road (Sticky Leaf Cannabis Corp.);
The recommendation includes the following comments:

  1. The proposed location meets local government bylaw requirements and is in-line with the adopted Council policy for cannabis retail sales and as such no negative impacts are anticipated;
  2. The views of the public were captured during a public comment period; and 
  3. The local government recommends that the application be approved because of compliance with local regulations and policies.

Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-13 
Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-14
Development Permit PL2021-8982
Re: 435 Green Avenue West

Council closed and abandoned the Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-13 and the Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-14.

Development Permit PL2021-9017
Re: 3240 Skaha Lake Road

Bob Hughes, ASK Wellness Society and Matthew Baron, Ooknakane Friendship Center provided Council with an overview of the proposed N’xastwilxtn Supportive Housing project.  

Council approved a development permit to allow for the construction of a four storey, 54-unit congregate housing building for 3240 Skaha Lake Road, subject to an agreement being reached between the owners of the property and the City to ensure the satisfactory future operations of the facility.  Council also directed staff to issue “Development Permit PL2021-9017” once such Council approved agreement has been signed.

Development Variance Permit PL2021-9011
Re: 2822 Juniper Drive

Council approved “Development Variance Permit PL2021-9011” for 2822 Juniper Drive, a permit to reduce the minimum standard lot width from 16m to 15.1m, and to reduce the right-of-way width for a collector road (Evergreen Drive) from 20m to 18m in order to facilitate the subdivision of six (6) residential lots. Council also directed staff to issue “Development Variance Permit PL2021-9011”.

Temporary Use Permit PL2021-9061
Re: 1340 Carmi Avenue

Council approved “Temporary Use Permit PL2021-9061”, a permit to allow the operation of an indoor off-ice hockey training facility at 1340 Carmi Avenue for a three-year period.

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.