Downtown Penticton speed limits change this month

Jan. 26, 2015

Penticton –  The City of Penticton and Downtown Penticton Association are encouraging local drivers to “slow down and shop a while,” as speed limits in the commercial core are made consistent 30 km/h.

“We want to enhance the pedestrian experience, and make Downtown Penticton a comfortable place for people to discover on foot,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “Lower speeds will create a more relaxed atmosphere in our commercial core, and we hope drivers will take the opportunity to slow down and check out Downtown Penticton.”

Speed limits on Martin Street and Westminster Avenue changed after the revitalization project completed last spring, and this kick-started a discussion about creating consistent speed zones throughout Downtown Penticton in line with the Downtown Plan’s aim to create a “pedestrian first” environment.

Public consultation was held during several sessions last summer, and resident feedback helped refine the traffic speed plans. Council endorsed the changes in the fall of 2014, which include 30 km/h speed limits on:

  • Main Street – 100 to 700 blocks
  • Martin Street – Lakeshore Drive to Wade Avenue
  • Winnipeg Street – Lakeshore Drive to Wade
  • Ellis Street – from the roundabout to Wade
  • Westminster Avenue – from Winnipeg, along Front Street to the roundabout
  • Veterans Way
  • Backstreet Boulevard
  • Nanaimo Avenue – from Winnipeg to Ellis
  • Wade Avenue – from Winnipeg to Ellis

“The Downtown Penticton Association is happy to support such an important initiative, we want everyone to come Downtown and enjoy themselves, and speed is a dangerous issue and we are hopeful this will help,” said Kerri Milton, Executive Director of the Downtown Penticton Association. “The best part is as you slow down, you start to notice all the amazing stores and restaurants we have Downtown. Slow down and shop Penticton.”

A map of the area is available online at www.penticton.ca/downtown.

Penticton Reduces Business Tax Multiplier.

Now is an even better time to locate your business in Penticton, especially now as the City moves ahead with a four-year plan to reduce the business taxes.

This will be achieved by reducing the “business multiplier,” shifting the burden of taxation away from commercial and industrial classes to make Penticton the most affordable municipality in B.C. with a population its size.

The change will step the multiplier down evenly from 1.667 to 1.5 – well below the 2.0 level recommended by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Penticton has the 11th lowest property tax gap in B.C., and the change will make the City the most competitive in the Okanagan Valley and among the top 5 in the province – far and away more affordable than municipalities of comparable sizes.

Learn more at: http://www.penticton.ca/EN/meta/city-news/news-archives/2015_Archives/city-finalizes-budget-with-1.3-increase.html