Downtown Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar businesses allowed to expand into outdoor spaces

The City of Castlegar’s plan aims to help businesses deal with social distancing rules

The streetscape of Castlegar may soon look a little different as the city begins to allow businesses to expand into outdoor spaces.

The City of Castlegar has developed a pilot program to help local businesses adjust to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. The Open Streets Pilot Project will allow businesses to expand into available open spaces on their own property or on city-owned property.

The program will last for the next six months and participating businesses will be required to dismantle their outdoor expansions by the end of October.

RELATED: Cities to get more power over patio approval in BC’s Covid-19 reopening plan

In order to institute the program, the city will need to temporarily stop enforcing some of the parking, business licensing, sign and highway encroachment bylaws on the books.

Businesses will need to submit plans for their projects to the city, but the intention of the pilot program is to fast track approvals. Applications are primarily intended to ensure that there is no concern with adjacent businesses or business activities.

Businesses will not have to pay any fees to participate.

The program was just approved at the May 20 city council meeting and Castlegar communications manager Bree Seabrook says the city will have more information on its website and social media accounts soon.

She also says that city staff will be collaborating with the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce on how to reach the business community and will be open to feedback on what more is needed and any adjustments that need to be made as the project is implemented.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Morning start: This is the fastest growing city in the Kootenays

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Monday, May 25

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Lock at Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar to open on May 23

The navigational lock will be open every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Morning start: Rossland is named after this person

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Friday, May 22

VIDEO: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Cullen commission into money laundering in British Columbia resumes today

Inquiry was called amid growing concern that illegal cash was helping fuel real estate, luxury car and gambling

Bike shops busier than ever, but owners worry about stock supply issues

Uptick in cyclists brings new challenges for shops

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

Most Read