Supt. Ted De Jager (right) of Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment with Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth during a walk through downtown Penticton last year. Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton bylaw services sets priorities for 2018

Priority areas to deploy bylaw resources to have been established with the City of Penticton

Priority areas to deploy resources to have been established with the City of Penticton’s bylaw services operation plan for 2018.

The community safety framework places priority on seven bylaws: good neighbour, park bylaw, traffic bylaw, controlled substance property remediation bylaw, business license bylaw, building bylaw and pawnbrokers second-hand and auction houses bylaw.

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“Solutions start with partnerships between organizations with common concerns who contribute resources towards joint strategies and mutual goals,” said bylaw supervisor, Tina Siebert. “The community safety framework presented to council emphasis the specific role that bylaw services plays locally within these partnerships and how, by working together, we can better address issues associated with health and safety.”

According to a City of Penticton news release, the decisions on which bylaws to focus on were through discussions with community stakeholders during a Feb. 8 bylaw prioritization session that brought together a range of community partners. The city said direct feedback was heard from business associations, social service agencies, provincial parents and key city departments.

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The city has previously partnered with stakeholders to address issues surrounding health and safety in Penticton including a forum on homelessness and mental health, a forum with the superintendent of the Penticton RCMP to discuss policing in the community, supporting increases in the supply of rental housing with various not-for-profit housing providers and the creation of a community safety and wellness committee with community leaders, citizen representatives and partner agencies to focus on issues such as property crime.

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“The RCMP look forward to working closely with bylaws in the building community safety and wellness in Penticton,” said RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager in a news release. “These partnerships, along with other government and support agencies will form the foundation of the community support and wellness committee set to launch in late March 2018.”

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