City of Castlegar Brings Business Outdoors
The City of Castlegar approved a Sidewalk Vendor Bylaw which supports outdoor patios and vending.
The new Bylaw replaces the Open Streets Pilot Project by introducing specifications for storefront retail and patios and providing certainty by creating a long-term program through regulation. Open Streets was initiated in 2020 and extended to 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The project allowed retail and food and beverage services to extend outside through storefront vending and outdoor patios on private and public spaces.
“We are very happy to be able to transition this popular program to a long-term option in response to what we heard from Castlegar businesses,” says Manager of Planning, Development & Sustainability, Meeri Durand. “Businesses have been through so much and have been willing to try new things so the City is here to support them doing things differently.”
11 businesses participated in the City’s Open Streets Pilot Project, ranging from restaurants and coffee shops to retailers.
Businesses can apply now. Find all the information on the City’s website at castlegar.ca/getoutside.
The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.
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