September 15, 2020 Council Meeting Highlights

Service Announcement

Tourism Update from Travel Penticton
Thom Tischik, Executive Director, Travel Penticton, provided Council with an update on the summer and COVID-19 tourism, marketing and visitation statistics for Penticton.

Draft Concepts for Skaha Lake Park Plan East and Next Phase of Engagement
Council directed staff to proceed to the next phase of engagement in the Skaha Lake Park East Plan and review the draft concepts with the community.

Lake-to-Lake AAA Bicycle Route Proposed Preferred Options
Council directed staff to proceed to the next phase of engagement in the Lake-to-Lake AAA Bicycle Route project and review with the community the proposed preferred route including Section 1 – South Main Street, Section 2 – Atkinson Street, Section 3 – Fairview Road and Section 4 – Martin Street.

Section 57 Notice on Title – Contraventions Against the Building Bylaw
Re:  101-348 Van Horne Street

Council resolved to place a Notice on Title under Section 57 of the Community Charter with respect to contravention of the City of Penticton Building Bylaw No. 2018-01 located at 101-348 Van Horne Street, stating the following:  “Failure to obtain a building permit. Further information about it may be inspected at the municipal hall.”

Agricultural Land Commission Application – 1313 Greyback Road
Council supported the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) application to the Agricultural Land Commission to exclude the lands within 1313 Greyback Road from the Agricultural Land Reserve for the purposes of constructing an organics composting facility.

Opportunity to Implement Penalties on Utilities Billing in 2021
Council directed staff to implement a 2% per bill penalty on the monthly electric, water and sanitary sewer utility billing effective the 2021 cycle billings.

Council also directed staff to incorporate the penalty into utility rates as part of the 2021 Fees and Charges bylaw amendment to recover the lost revenues associated with moving from a discount model to penalty model.

Metered Parking Expansion – Capital Request and Revenue Projections
Council after receiving the financial analysis of expanding the pay parking throughout the commercial areas of the downtown and increasing rates to $2.00 an hour, directed staff to proceed with amending the fees and charges bylaw to establish the new hourly rate and including the estimated revenue into the 2021 budget.

Council also directed staff to amend the 2020 Capital Budget to include $175,000 for the purchase of equipment (pay machines, meter heads, poles, signage and line painting) for the expansion of the metered parking program throughout the commercial areas of the downtown to begin in 2021.

Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2020-35
Re:  877, 825 and 813 Westminster Avenue West
Council did not support “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2020-35”, a bylaw that amends Map 1:  future Land Use of Official Community Plan Bylaw 2019-08, by changing the future land use designations from Tourist Commercial to Urban Residential for 877, 825 and 813 Westminster Avenue West.

Notice of Motion from Councillor Bloomfield on September 1:
Council directed staff to use the information provided in (but not limited to) the 2020 Midgard Consulting Inc. report titled “City of Penticton Generation Study” and the 2011 City of Penticton Climate Action Plan to investigate the various options for making grant applications for the Clean BC Community Fund in time for the November 12, 2020 deadline.

Notice of Motion from Councillor Sentes for Consideration at the October 6, 2020 Regular Meeting:
THAT Council include funds in the 2021 budget for improvement and repair to the two existing tennis courts on Power Street;

AND THAT Council direct staff to begin discussions with the local tennis organization as they proposed funding a tennis bubble on Power Street.

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.