Penticton is an innovative, adventurous waterfront City that focuses on sustainability, community and economic opportunity. Penticton also has a vibrant spirit, which needs to show through in its physical downtown areas.
Under the guidance of the Downtown Revitalization Select Committee, the City of Penticton undertook a seven-phase planning process to develop the proposed Downtown Plan. This document is based on comments and feedback received during an intensive
year of public consultation sessions held throughout 2012.
Proposed Downtown Plan
The Downtown Plan is a long-term vision document that maps out 101 actions that, when completed incrementally, are designed to revitalize Downtown Penticton. The actions include large-scale projects that will occur over the long term like streetscapes, park space enhancements and Penticton Creek rehabilitation, as well as smaller projects like children's playground equipment, washrooms, public art and other amenities that will benefit the downtown.
The Downtown Plan is composed of five sections, with the first two devoted to the planning process and an overview of the research conducted to support recommendations and establish achievable goals. The third section outlines the "layers" in Downtown Penticton, or elements that permeate throughout the area like green spaces, land uses, mobility networks and infrastructure. The fourth section gives an overview of Penticton's character areas, or pockets that have a unique identity that should be nurtured and sustained. Many urban design elements are found in the character area section.
The fifth section is called "Making the Plan Real," identifying the 101 action items and step-by-step approach to implementing the plan and creating momentum for downtown revitalization. This section categorizes the short, medium and long-term priorities for the area, and lists policy changes that are required. No one project will revitalize our commercial core, but completing a series of policy changes and action items, big and small, will create a great deal of vibrancy in Downtown Penticton.
The Downtown Plan is available to download [PDF - 10.1 MB].