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More notice in a wider area for neighbours of proposed development projects in Penticton

More development notice

Penticton council has voted to increase the notification area for neighbourhoods where new developments are proposed, despite the associated higher costs.

Before, the city was required to mail a heads up about all requested development permits, temporary use permits and public hearings to anyone located 45 metres or less from the subject property. At a recent council meeting, Mayor John Vassilaki proposed that be extended to 100 metres.

Staff also noted nearby communities' notification areas: Kelowna is 50 metres, Summerland is 60 metres, and West Kelowna is 100 metres.

"The average number of notifications per application is 51 notices. Staff anticipate this to increase to 131 notices based on the analysis for an increase of 80 additional notices on average for every planning application," they wrote.

Given the associated higher costs of mailing out many more notices, council directed staff to increase the the application fee for impacted applications by $88.

Vassilaki was happy to see the change.

"People have been after me ever since I've been on city council, to increase the distance for notifications. So it's a good thing," Vassilaki said.

"We're back to the 21st century. We're catching up to everybody else."



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