Council preview: restoring Penticton Creek, new launch sites, land matters

There was little Penticton shopowners could do when, in 1942 and 1948, Penticton Creek overflowed its banks and flooded the streets. Now, the creek is being restored from the work done half a century ago to contain it.

Penticton city council looks to have a lighter afternoon meeting May 2, but an intensive evening session dealing with a range of land matters.

In the afternoon, council is getting an update on restoring Penticton Creek, which is going to be getting some love this summer. Design is in progress for the next section of the project, which takes up where the 2015 showcase work left off, extending the restoration work up to the bridge at Nanaimo Avenue.

Work is expected to start in late July and be completed before the fisheries window closes on Aug. 24. The parks department is applying for a TD Tree Days grant for replanting the riparian area along the creek corridor.

The total cost for the remaining 4.4 kilometre of creek is estimated to be in the order of $30 million, and the city is hoping to draw on a number of sources to gather the needed funding.

City staff are recommending adding three launch areas for non-motorized boats to the Okanagan Lake waterfront: west of the rock groin on Marina Way beach, the Martin Street parking lot and on the western side of the SS Sicamous.

During the May 2 evening session, city council is conducting public hearings for two developments. The first is for a 10-unit, one-storey apartment building for individuals with intellectual disabilities or seniors, and a five-bedroom group building, also for individuals with intellectual disabilities. It’s being proposed under the auspices of the Penticton and District Society for Community Living, and being built on their former main location at 180 Industrial Ave.

The second public hearing is for a proposed consolidation of 352 and 398 Eckhardt Ave. E for a 24-unit townhouse development.

Council meets at 1 p.m. in chambers at Penticton City Hall.

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