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Tenting pilot undertaking in Mountain View County prolonged into 2023

Present companies with improvement permits for driving arenas, public occasion amenities in direct management districts and enterprise agri-tourism to accommodate unserviced tenting/in a single day lodging

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY – Council has handed a movement to increase the enterprise assist pilot undertaking into 2023, permitting and authorized operators an opportunity to offer unserviced, self-contained tenting and in a single day lodging underneath sure circumstances.

The transfer got here by the use of movement at a latest often scheduled council assembly following the presentation of a evaluation report on this system’s first yr ready by administration.

On April 27, council directed administration to carry ahead a undertaking for present companies with improvement permits for driving arenas, public occasion amenities in direct management districts and enterprise agri-tourism to accommodate unserviced tenting/in a single day lodging.

Council endorsed ensuing enterprise assist pilot undertaking on Might 11. The undertaking had a Might lengthy weekend to Oct. 31 timeline.

The pilot was undertaken to help the county in understanding the scope of want in addition to the impacts earlier than contemplating choices on a extra everlasting foundation.

Eligible companies have been required to pre-register with administration earlier than taking part.

The unserviced in a single day self-contained lodging was permitted exterior the authorized hours of operation, days or months of operation, or occasions. Members have been nonetheless required to adjust to provincial and federal necessities.

Administration had recognized roughly 11 public driving arenas, 11 agri-tourism companies and two direct management districts for occasion amenities with authorized improvement allow that have been eligible to take part.

4 companies registered to participate within the pilot, with three truly taking part. The individuals have been a public driving area, two agri-tourism companies, and one direct management district for an occasion facility.

On the conclusion of the pilot, the individuals have been requested various questions, together with “Did participation within the pilot undertaking present a profit to your corporation and your shoppers?”

Responses to that query included: “Sure and it’s positively the course we wish the enterprise to maneuver in”, “The participation completely helped our shoppers and our enterprise. Are you conscious there’s a nice lack of lodging in our space.”

Extra feedback from individuals included “Extra discover on the undertaking would have helped planning summer season occasions” and “I wish to advocate that the pilot be prolonged to future years. It might be nice to have steerage on what is going to occur as we e book our contracts one or two years prematurely” and “As group members, we really feel it is vitally helpful for anybody internet hosting occasion to supply in a single day tenting and/or transportation to close by lodging .”

One other remark from a participant acknowledged: “It’s a comparatively easy and cheap technique to scale back the danger of individuals driving underneath the affect and even simply driving late at night time when fatigue and darkness enhance the danger of driving accidents.”

One of many individuals reported permitting in a single day tenting for about 150 friends underneath this system.

The county obtained two complaints throughout the pilot, each associated to visitors at one of many participant websites, with each complaints made by the identical particular person, council heard.

It isn’t recognized if the visitors considerations have been associated to actions related to the pilot program.

Throughout the Nov. 30 council assembly, Deputy Reeve Greg Harris really helpful that the pilot be prolonged for an additional yr.

“I wish to see us present that certainty for this trade by extending the pilot undertaking yet another yr whereas we undergo the land use by legislation evaluation so that there’s continuity, particularly for the businesses which might be already attempting to do their planning and budgeting ,” mentioned Harris.

“It might additionally give the county an extra alternative to have extra knowledge subsequent yr to have the ability to name on.”

He mentioned he wish to see the pilot’s second yr open to any and authorized operators underneath the identical standards as the primary yr.

“Extra knowledge makes for higher decision-making,” he mentioned. “The extra knowledge we get and extra examples we get the higher it’s for the land use by legislation evaluation. We are attempting one thing out to collect knowledge.”

with. Jennifer Lutz mentioned, “This did appear to be a superb program. I do not know if we’ve sufficient info to completely consider it so I like extending it.”

Council handed a movement extending the pilot undertaking for an additional yr underneath the identical standards and timelines as in 2022.

events can instantly apply for the 2023 pilot, council heard.

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