Shaping the future of Penticton

The Official Community Plan will be developed over the next year and a half and will set the direction for development in Penticton for the next 30 years. The process will be guided by the OCP Task Force made up of members of the community.

The Official Community Plan will be developed over the next year and a half and will set the direction for development in Penticton for the next 30 years. The process will be guided by the OCP Task Force made up of members of the community.

  • 10 Big Ideas. 10 Engaging Stories. Attend PenTALKton on November 22

    14 days ago
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    The City is taking advantage of an entertaining new presentation format to get people excited and talking about the Official Community Plan. On November 22nd, the public is invited to attend PenTALKton – 10 Big Ideas, 10 Engaging Stories, a night designed to get people thinking about some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Penticton in the next 25 years. Skyler Punnett Creative, illustrator, designer and local organizer of the highly successful Pecha Kucha Penticton events at Cannery Brewing, is bringing his expertise to host the event for the City.

    “Over the past few months, we... Continue reading

    The City is taking advantage of an entertaining new presentation format to get people excited and talking about the Official Community Plan. On November 22nd, the public is invited to attend PenTALKton – 10 Big Ideas, 10 Engaging Stories, a night designed to get people thinking about some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Penticton in the next 25 years. Skyler Punnett Creative, illustrator, designer and local organizer of the highly successful Pecha Kucha Penticton events at Cannery Brewing, is bringing his expertise to host the event for the City.

    “Over the past few months, we have been gathering feedback from the community to create a vision for the city and identify the key areas that are important to address in the Official Community Plan,” says Ben Johnson, Special Projects Manager. “Our goal for this event is to provide an engaging presentation to get people thinking about a range of relevant and important topics that we’ll focus on starting in January.”

    The speakers for PenTALKton will share local and regional knowledge in the areas of health, arts and culture, affordable housing, natural environment, history and heritage, transportation, sustainable architecture and of course, the role of an Official Community Plan.

    “The presentations are short slide shows that last just under seven minutes to ensure the ideas flow and the evening is stimulating,” says Johnson. “We have asked each speaker to identify some of the biggest and most interesting ideas to get people thinking about what is best for Penticton in the future. It is sure to get people talking.”

    The event is on November 22, 2017 from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, with the presentations starting at 7 pm. The event is free. A cash bar and snacks will be available. All presentations will be turned into video clips for all to view online after the event. Look for our diverse line-up of speakers online soon at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/official-community-plan.
  • Task Force takes a bus tour of Penticton

    4 months ago
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    Task Force takes a bus tour of Penticton

    Yesterday evening, the Official Community Plan Task Force chartered a BC Transit bus and went on a tour all around Penticton, looking at neighbourhood character, new development and employment areas. The group considered the big ideas, successes and shortcomings of the 2002 OCP, and how the new OCP could guide Penticton’s future.




    Task Force takes a bus tour of Penticton

    Yesterday evening, the Official Community Plan Task Force chartered a BC Transit bus and went on a tour all around Penticton, looking at neighbourhood character, new development and employment areas. The group considered the big ideas, successes and shortcomings of the 2002 OCP, and how the new OCP could guide Penticton’s future.




  • Chair and Vice Chair named at first meeting of OCP Task Force

    7 months ago

    The first meeting of the Official Community Plan Task Force was held April 20. Task Force members were introduced to the process and their role to assist Mayor and Council in the creation of an updated Official Community Plan for Penticton as well as to advise City staff on technical, process and engagement issues relating to the creation of the Official Community Plan.

    The Task Force also appointed the Chair and Vice Chair at their first meeting. Suzanne Moccia has taken on the role of Chair and Lynn Kelsey has taken on the role of Vice Chair. The next meeting... Continue reading

    The first meeting of the Official Community Plan Task Force was held April 20. Task Force members were introduced to the process and their role to assist Mayor and Council in the creation of an updated Official Community Plan for Penticton as well as to advise City staff on technical, process and engagement issues relating to the creation of the Official Community Plan.

    The Task Force also appointed the Chair and Vice Chair at their first meeting. Suzanne Moccia has taken on the role of Chair and Lynn Kelsey has taken on the role of Vice Chair. The next meeting is planned for May 15 at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

  • OCP Task Force named

    8 months ago

    The City of Penticton has named the 12 members of the Official Community Plan Task Force who will represent the community-at-large. “We had an outstanding response to the call for volunteers,” says Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “We received 50 applications from an exceptionally qualified and diverse group of people.”

    Candidates were selected based on their experience in the following areas:

    • Agriculture and food systems

    • Architecture/green architecture/urban design/landscape architecture

    • Land use planning

    • Environmental issues

    • Heritage, arts and culture

    • Housing with an emphasis on affordable working family housing

    • Parks and recreation, sports, leisure activities

    • Youth/student

    • ... Continue reading

    The City of Penticton has named the 12 members of the Official Community Plan Task Force who will represent the community-at-large. “We had an outstanding response to the call for volunteers,” says Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “We received 50 applications from an exceptionally qualified and diverse group of people.”

    Candidates were selected based on their experience in the following areas:

    • Agriculture and food systems

    • Architecture/green architecture/urban design/landscape architecture

    • Land use planning

    • Environmental issues

    • Heritage, arts and culture

    • Housing with an emphasis on affordable working family housing

    • Parks and recreation, sports, leisure activities

    • Youth/student

    • Seniors

    • Transportation

    • Infrastructure


    Although the community positions of the Task Force are filled, there will be many opportunities for interested citizens to be involved. “We were very impressed with the depth of knowledge and will invite all applicants to be involved in the process, especially where their expertise will be valuable,” says Mayor Jakubeit. “All residents will also have the opportunity to be involved through activities such as workshops and open houses.”

    The Task Force also includes representation from key community and government organizations. Appointments for these positions have also been named. Any open positions and the two Council representatives will be confirmed at the April 4 Council meeting. Citizens can stay informed and learn about the opportunities to get involved at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.

    Task Force members

    • Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen: Evelyn Riechert

    • School District No. 67: Wendy Hyer

    • Penticton Indian Band: TBD

    • Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce: TBD

    • Downtown Penticton Association: Lynn Allin

    • Interior Health: Kristi Estergaard

    • Penticton Industrial Development Association: Jill Bateman


      Community representatives:

    • Garrett Cruikshank

    • Sharon Fletcher

    • Lynn Kelsey

    • Randy Kowalchuk

    • Randy Manuel

    • Suzanne Moccia

    • Dennis O’Gorman

    • Warren Sanders

    • Bruce Schoenne

    • Rhys Spencer

    • Brian Symonds

    • Jillian Tamblyn


    Council representatives: (TBD)


  • 50 applications received for Official Community Plan Task Force

    9 months ago

    The deadline to apply for the OCP task force has now passed and the City received 50 quality applications. The applications will now be reviewed by staff and Council with the goal of announcing the selection of the Task force in early March.

    The deadline to apply for the OCP task force has now passed and the City received 50 quality applications. The applications will now be reviewed by staff and Council with the goal of announcing the selection of the Task force in early March.

  • Results from Valentine's Day outreach

    9 months ago
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    On February 14th, Mayor Jakubeit, City Councillors and City staff asked almost 350 community members, “what do you love about Penticton?” We visited the SOEC walking track, Seniors Drop-in Centre, Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Community Centre, Memorial Area, Princess Margaret High School and several businesses and associations. People love living in Penticton for a whole range of reasons: the weather, how easy it is to get places, the small-town feel, games and concerts at the SOEC, the farmers market, the natural environment, festivals and events and many more things. The feedback from the Valentine's Day activities is summarized... Continue reading

    On February 14th, Mayor Jakubeit, City Councillors and City staff asked almost 350 community members, “what do you love about Penticton?” We visited the SOEC walking track, Seniors Drop-in Centre, Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Community Centre, Memorial Area, Princess Margaret High School and several businesses and associations. People love living in Penticton for a whole range of reasons: the weather, how easy it is to get places, the small-town feel, games and concerts at the SOEC, the farmers market, the natural environment, festivals and events and many more things. The feedback from the Valentine's Day activities is summarized in the picture. We will continue to pose this question over the next few months as well as asking people to look ahead with the questions “what are your hopes for Penticton” and “what are your concerns for Penticton.” These questions will help us create a vision for the Official Community Plan.