Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension Application

Consultation has concluded

Is it good for Penticton?

A request to bring a 300-acre, privately-owned parcel into city limits is the first step towards the addition of 180 new homes to our housing inventory along with the opportunity to increase the size of the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park by 150 acres. After several years of planning and community involvement, the City has applied to the Province for a boundary extension to annex the privately-owned parcel on the south end of the city between the Wiltse area and the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park.

In British Columbia, all requests to annex land into a municipal boundary must have approval of the community. To determine if the community supports this application to extend our boundaries, the City is using the Alternative Approval Process. Under this process, residents who oppose the application have 30 days to complete a petition and submit it to City Hall. If more than 10% of the electorate oppose, a referendum is required before the application can proceed. Residents who support the project do not need to complete a petition. The petition form is available at City Hall or here. The Alternative Approval Process is underway now and will run until Nov. 15. Ask questions or share your feedback here. Be sure to attend one of the public events to learn more.


Is it good for Penticton?

A request to bring a 300-acre, privately-owned parcel into city limits is the first step towards the addition of 180 new homes to our housing inventory along with the opportunity to increase the size of the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park by 150 acres. After several years of planning and community involvement, the City has applied to the Province for a boundary extension to annex the privately-owned parcel on the south end of the city between the Wiltse area and the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park.

In British Columbia, all requests to annex land into a municipal boundary must have approval of the community. To determine if the community supports this application to extend our boundaries, the City is using the Alternative Approval Process. Under this process, residents who oppose the application have 30 days to complete a petition and submit it to City Hall. If more than 10% of the electorate oppose, a referendum is required before the application can proceed. Residents who support the project do not need to complete a petition. The petition form is available at City Hall or here. The Alternative Approval Process is underway now and will run until Nov. 15. Ask questions or share your feedback here. Be sure to attend one of the public events to learn more.


Consultation has concluded
  • Electoral approval received for Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension

    about 2 years ago

    The Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension Application, a proposal to bring a 300-acre parcel into city limits, has received electoral approval through the Alternative Approval Process. The nearly two-month long approval process ended on November 15 at 4:30 pm. The City received 382 valid petitions opposing the application, representing 1.4% of the electors. An additional 10 petitions were received that were deemed invalid as they did not have a Penticton address or a signature. If 2,680 petitions had been submitted, representing 10% of the electors in Penticton, a referendum would be required in order for the boundary extension to proceed.

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    The Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension Application, a proposal to bring a 300-acre parcel into city limits, has received electoral approval through the Alternative Approval Process. The nearly two-month long approval process ended on November 15 at 4:30 pm. The City received 382 valid petitions opposing the application, representing 1.4% of the electors. An additional 10 petitions were received that were deemed invalid as they did not have a Penticton address or a signature. If 2,680 petitions had been submitted, representing 10% of the electors in Penticton, a referendum would be required in order for the boundary extension to proceed.

    With the completion of the Alternative Approval Process, a Certificate of Sufficiency has been prepared to confirm the results of the electoral approval process. This certificate will be presented to Council at the next meeting on November 21 along with a staff report with a summary of the feedback collected through the engagement activities. The Provincial Cabinet will make the final decision on the boundary extension once they have received the results of the electoral approval process.


  • BC Parks enthusiastic about Skaha Bluffs donation proposal

    about 2 years ago

    John Trewhitt, Regional Director for the Kootenay Okanagan Region of BC Parks, has sent a letter to the City of Penticton confirming their interest in the donation of the parcel. See the excerpt below.

    The general landscape of the proposed boundary extension area, particularly those components that reside immediately adjacent to Skaha Bluffs Park, have long been of interest for BC Parks. Our recent management planning process for the park, which concluded in July 2016, made it clear to our planning and operational staff that use and development on adjacent private land has both short and long term...

    John Trewhitt, Regional Director for the Kootenay Okanagan Region of BC Parks, has sent a letter to the City of Penticton confirming their interest in the donation of the parcel. See the excerpt below.

    The general landscape of the proposed boundary extension area, particularly those components that reside immediately adjacent to Skaha Bluffs Park, have long been of interest for BC Parks. Our recent management planning process for the park, which concluded in July 2016, made it clear to our planning and operational staff that use and development on adjacent private land has both short and long term impact on park values. Therefore, our agency is very enthusiastic about exploring the prospect of a sizeable donation (estimated to be approximately 61 hectares/150 acres) of private land within boundary extension area. This donation proposal has the potential to support not only key rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking activities, but contains habitat that supports a variety of species at risk, such as Bighorn Sheep. Once further details of the donation become refined, BC Parks staff are prepared to take the donation proposal forward to our minister for consideration.

    Follow the link to read the letter in its entirety.


  • New Q&As added

    about 2 years ago

    The City has prepared a few Q&A documents to address questions received about this application on this site as well as at the community information sessions. These documents will be updated as more questions are received and answers are prepared.

    Alternative Approval Process Q&A

    Valleyview Residents Q&A

    Community Q&A

    The City has prepared a few Q&A documents to address questions received about this application on this site as well as at the community information sessions. These documents will be updated as more questions are received and answers are prepared.

    Alternative Approval Process Q&A

    Valleyview Residents Q&A

    Community Q&A
  • Change to Skaha Bluffs Alternative Approval Process timeline

    about 2 years ago

    Change to Skaha Bluffs Alternative Approval Process timeline

    Staff brought forward a report to Council yesterday changing the end date of the Alternative Approval Process for the Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension Application from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. The change in timeline was proposed to address a conflict in the dates included in some of the notices prepared for the community information sessions (including an email to Shape Your City Penticton members which identified Nov. 3 as the end date.) The change in date has the added benefit of providing more time for residents to learn about the proposal...

    Change to Skaha Bluffs Alternative Approval Process timeline

    Staff brought forward a report to Council yesterday changing the end date of the Alternative Approval Process for the Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension Application from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. The change in timeline was proposed to address a conflict in the dates included in some of the notices prepared for the community information sessions (including an email to Shape Your City Penticton members which identified Nov. 3 as the end date.) The change in date has the added benefit of providing more time for residents to learn about the proposal and the vision for the area and voice their opinion.

    Family-friendly Open House coming next on Oct. 5

    Since the application was first presented to Council on September 19, information about the proposal has been available on shapeyourcitypenticton.ca and staff have hosted information sessions on September 27 and 30. The next opportunity to learn more is on Oct. 5 on the playground at Wiltse Elementary between 3 pm and 7 pm. This family-friendly open house is intended to make it convenient for families in the area to attend. Wild Sheep Society of BC will have an educational display and a climbing wall will be available to keep the kids interested while the parents learn more. Look for the canvas tents on the playground.

    Open House added on Oct. 14

    Staff are taking advantage of the change in timeline to plan an additional Open House on Oct. 14 at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre between 10 am and 1 pm. At the Open House, residents will be able to speak with staff about the Upper Wiltse Area Structure Plan as well as the Skaha Bluffs Area Boundary Extension Application.