The Metropolis of Penticton is looking for help from different B.C. municipalities in its simmering dispute with the provincial authorities over the operation of a controversial downtown shelter.
“On behalf of Metropolis Council, Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki, has despatched a letter to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) President, Brian Frenkel, requesting UBCM put together a letter to BC Premier, John Horgan, supporting Council’s place that the Province’s current use of Paramountcy is a violation of two Council selections and the Metropolis’s zoning Bylaws,” town stated in a information launch.
On March 2, metropolis council rejected BC Housing’s request for an extension of its allow to proceed working a shelter on the former Victory church previous March 31, when it was initially slated to shut.
Council declined the allow, it stated, as a result of the shelter was initially meant as a short lived winter answer solely and, within the following months after the shelter opened in November 2020, had change into a ‘nuisance property’ negatively impacting close by residents and companies, lacked wrap-around help providers and was demanding a excessive quantity of emergency sources.
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Housing Minister David Eby responded by saying the federal government was going to override council’s resolution to shutter the shelter by preserving it open.
“After March 31, the province will function the shelter underneath our provincial paramountcy authority approved by the Interpretation Act,” Eby stated on the time.
“Out of necessity, we can even reluctantly transfer ahead with out Penticton’s municipal authorities as a way to handle homelessness in that group and keep away from future encampments.”
Now that the province has made good on its risk and has continued working the shelter with out town’s permission, town is looking for help from the Union of BC Municipalities.
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“My letter to Mr. Frenkel made it very clear that the problem at hand is a matter of land use and cooperative planning between two ranges of presidency,” stated Penticton mayor, John Vassilaki.
“At this time our earlier working relationship of bilateral cooperation has been changed by a unilateral hammer that places our residents prone to having the Provincial Authorities plan our group. As such, Council has reached out to Mr. Frenkel and the UBCM membership at giant to hunt their help in reversing the Province’s conduct in the direction of Penticton, or every other group they disagree with.”
The town additionally launched knowledge from the Housing Ministry that reveals Penticton affords extra supportive housing models per capita than every other group within the B.C. Inside.
Penticton has 234 models of supportive housing, which equates to 1 mattress for each 143 residents.
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By comparability, Kelowna has 486 beds, or one mattress for each 312 residents. Vernon affords 97 supportive housing models, one mattress per each 496 residents.
In the meantime, town has closed a public survey which had requested Penticton residents, partially, if they might help a authorized problem, which may value taxpayers $200,000-$300,000.
The outcomes are anticipated to be mentioned on the April 20 common council assembly.
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