Skaha Marina, BMX track on tonight’s Council agenda


Penticton City Council will discuss a development agreement for Skaha Marina at tonight’s (Tuesday, May 19) public meeting.

The Skaha Marina area development is one of numerous items on the long agenda.

Skaha Marina is under new management and a 100-page report on plans for the site are posted on the city’s website. Among the items considered is operation of a water park.

If the initial motion is approved tonight, Trio, the new operators of the marina, will present details on the proposed development at various venues beginning Tuesday. The public will be invited to a special meeting of council, tentatively scheduled for June 29, where they may offer input.

Also on tonight’s agenda is the latest step that would permit a BMX track to relocate to property at Munson Mountain.

Council may instruct staff to submit a new application to the Agricultural Land Commission that would allow operation of the track on non-farm use. Also proposed is a mountain bike skills park and other cycling uses for a portion of the properties at 630 and 650 Munson Mountain Road.

Should council vote for this, the next stage in the process will be a public hearing.

Other highlights of tonight’s meeting include:

• Pickleball court development. Council will be asked to develop four courts on a portion of 2965 South Main Street with possible future development of up to four courts elsewhere. Related to the motion, council is being asked to approve a $10,000 grant that would fund part of the court development.

• 2015 Mid-Year Electrical Rate increases. Staff is recommending that the City of Penticton electric rates be revised to reflect a 2.20 per cent FortisBC increase effective July 1. It’s recommended that the increase be applied at the wholesale power purchase level of 1.83 per cent for the lowest impact to the customer.

• A development variance permit for 3957 Lakeside Road will be discussed. The owner is asking for a permit to decrease the minimum required front yard 6.0 meters to 5.5 meters and to reduce the minimum rear yard from 6.0 meters to 1.0 meters in order to construct a second storey on an existing home.

• A special delegation — one of six — will be presented by auditor Jonathan McGraw of BDO Canada LLP on financial statements.

Other delegations and presentations will deal with Shriner Ceremonial Days, Cycling for Diversity Week, Bike to Work Week, Peach City Radio, Penticton transit operations and future plans, and the Penticton and Area Cycling Association, dealing with a license to use the Munson Mountain site.

Tonight’s meeting at Penticton City Hall begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

To view the agenda and corresponding information visit: (follow the links: Mayor and Council; Council Meeting Agendas; May 19 regular agenda).