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Future of housing in Penticton takes centre stage at 7 information sessions

City is hosting events this fall customized for each neighbourhood
(Western News file)

Do you want to discuss the future of housing in your Penticton neighbourhood?

The city is hosting a series of upcoming information sessions and residents are invited to bring their lawn chairs, ask questions and provide feedback for the city’s housing task force.

New data shows that Penticton’s annual growth rate between 2016 and 2021 was high at 1.9 per cent and if that trend continues, the city may have around 20,000 more residents and 9,200 additional households by 2046.

“To meet this demand, Penticton will need to add a significant number of units across the city over the next several years,” said Anthony Haddad, general manager of community services and lead for the task force.

“Combined with the province’s proposal to allow up to four units on all single-family lots, there is the potential to see change in all Penticton neighbourhoods and as a community, we need to discuss how we are going to meet these needs through planned, sustainable growth.”

Information sessions run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 12, with presentations from staff customized based on where the event is taking place.

Each session will review the need for housing in the city, the work of the task force and what it means for Penticton neighbourhoods.

Following each of the events below, residents will have their chance to join in on the discussion:

Windsor Park (outdoors)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5 to 7 p.m. on Windsor Avenue

Kiwanis Park (outdoors)

Monday, Sept. 25, 5 to 7 p.m. on 490 Edmonton Avenue

Granby Park (outdoors)

Thursday, Sept. 28, 5 to 7 p.m. on 90 Granby Avenue

Wiltse Elementary (indoors)

Thursday, Oct. 5, 5 to 7 p.m. on 640 Wiltse Boulevard

Uplands Elementary (indoors)

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 145 Middle Bench Road

Columbia Elementary (indoors)

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. on 1437 Allison Street

Online Information Session (Zoom)

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., with the registration link available at

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