May 4, 2021 Council Highlights

Service Announcement

BC Bike Race & BCBR Gravel Explorer                        
Delegates Dean Payne and Lisa Au shared details of 2 events being planned for the South Okanagan:

  • BCBR Gravel Explorer – a 5-day gravel bike race (September 26, 2021 – October 1, 2021); and
  • BC Bike Race – a 6-day mountain bike race (October 2, 2021 – October 8, 2021).

Proclamation ‘Child Care Month’ May 2021 and ‘Child Care Provider Appreciation Day’ May 21, 2021                    
Council proclaimed May 2021 as ‘Child Care Month’ and May 21, 2021 as ‘Child Care Provider Appreciation Day’ in the City of Penticton and encouraged citizens to show their gratitude for child care providers in our community.

Proclamation ‘National Hospice Week’ May 2-8, 2021                    
Council proclaimed May 2-8, 2021 as ‘National Hospice Week’ in the City of Penticton.

Proclamation ‘Emergency Preparedness Week’ May 2-8, 2021                    
Council proclaimed May 2-8, 2021 as ‘Emergency Preparedness Week’ in the City of Penticton, encouraging Canadians to take concrete steps to better prepare and protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

2020 Audited Financial Statements
Ms. Scanlon of BDO Canada LLP and City of Penticton staff provided a high level summary of the 2020 Audited Financial Statements. Council accepted the Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2020. 

RCMP Quarterly Report
Supt. Hunter provided an overview of crime statistics in the City of Penticton for the first quarter of 2021. Council received into the record the report titled “RCMP Quarterly Report” dated May 4, 2021.

Penticton Age Friendly Action Plan
City of Penticton staff and members of Lesley Dyck Leadership and Consulting presented an overview of the process undertaken to develop the Penticton Age Friendly Action Plan. Council endorsed the “Penticton Age Friendly Action Plan” and thanked the advisory group who participated in the development of the plan. Council also directed staff to do the following:

  • Work with the Province and other community partners to prepare Penticton to apply to be an age friendly designated community; and 
  • Work with community partners to organize Penticton events in celebration of BC Seniors Week from May 31 to June 5, 2021; and
  • Submit a final Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) grant report in order to meet the UBCM grant program obligations.

Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre Project
City of Penticton staff and representatives from OneSky Community Resources and Landform Architecture presented an overview of the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre Project. Council approved the final design and project schedule listed in the report. Council also directed staff to:

  • Work with OneSky Community Resources to ensure the final designs adhere to all relevant municipal and provincial regulations, codes, policies and directives; and
  • Work with OneSky to apply for all relevant grants, such as the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, to increase the affordability of the spaces in the new centre; and
  • Work with OneSky, partners, and the neighbourhood to complete an engagement process six months after the new centre opens and to report back to Council with the results.

Adoption of Ministerial Order
Council adopted the Ministerial Order dated April 29, 2021, an Order that provides provisions for the safe conduct of the 2021 City of Penticton By-Election during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Development Variance Permit PL2021-8962
Development Permit PL2021-8960
Development Permit PL2021-8961
Re: 541 and 547 Papineau Street

Council approved “Development Variance Permit PL2021-8962” for 541 and 547 Papineau Street to increase the maximum percentage of a cantilevered building face that can project 0.6m into a required yard from 25% to 41% and to reduce the minimum interior side yard for a principal building from 1.5 m to 1.3 m.  Council approved “Development Permit PL2021-8960” and “Development Permit PL2021-8961” to allow for the construction of a duplex on each property.

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

Council forwarded “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-13” and “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-14” to the May 17, 2021 Public Hearing. Subject to the adoption of “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-13” and “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-14”, Council approved “Development Permit PL2021-8982”, a permit to approve the form and character of the multifamily development consisting of two, 6-storey apartment buildings.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-15        
Development Permit PL2021-8930
Re: 583 Ellis Street 

Council forwarded “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-15” to the May 17, 2021 Public Hearing. Prior to adoption of “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-15”, Council requires a 0.9 m road dedication to be registered with the Land Titles Office. Subject to the adoption of “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2021-15”, Council approved “Development Permit PL2021-8930” to allow the construction of a 6-unit multifamily development with two flex units.

Street Naming for New Subdivision (Grouse Place)
Re: 2725 Dartmouth Drive    
Council named the new road running east at the end of Dartmouth Drive “Grouse Place”.

Gyro Bandshell Fencing
Council directed staff to erect fencing at the Gyro Bandshell to deal with undesirable activity in the shot term and perform a crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) analysis on Gyro Park to identify potential solutions. This item was referred to the Heritage and Advisory Committee for their consideration and recommendations to look at long term solutions.

Enhanced Bylaw Services 
Council elected to maintain the status quo of current bylaw services, with the option for a slight expansion of services if necessary. Council voted that this item should come back during the 2022 budget process. 

Tax Rates Bylaw No. 2021-12
Council adopted “Tax Rates Bylaw No. 2021-12”, a bylaw that establishes property taxation rates for the 2021 tax year with a business tax multiplier of 1.91.

Mobile Vending Program
Council approved the Mobile Vending program, as described in the 2021 Mobile Vending Application and endorsed a 1-year License to Use Agreement with vendors. 

In-Year Grant Request
Council approved a $5,000 cash grant to the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen for the Neighborhood Small Grants program.

Budget Amendment – Fleet Dept – Replacement of Electrical Line Truck – Unit 64                
Council amended the 2021 budget to provide an additional $75,000 for a budget total of $350,000 for the purchase of a new Digger Derrick Truck, with funds coming from the Equipment Replacement Reserve.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2020-43                         
Re: 2990 Partridge Drive

Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2020-43 regarding 2990 Partridge Drive.

Liquor Consumption (Okanagan Beach east of Power Street, Rotary Park,         
Okanagan Lake Park, Marina Way Park and Skaha Park) Bylaw No. 2021-11

Council adopted Bylaw No. 2021-11 regarding liquor consumption (Okanagan Beach east of Power Street, Rotary Park, Okanagan Lake Park, Marina Way Park and Skaha Park).

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.