For the next week or so, the municipality is seeking public input through their Have Your Say platform with regards to reworking of downtown public areas. The intention of is to facilitate more downtown shopping.
The temporary measures are being proposed as a way to support some local businesses while shops and restaurants gradually reopen within physical distancing guidelines.
“With COVID-19 impacting nearly every aspect of our daily lives, there is a need to embrace new and innovative ideas,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “As we responsibly reopen the local economy according to provincial regulations, we want to come up with plans that allow people to enjoy our downtown areas and support local businesses while also maintaining a safe distance from others.”
The municipality is acting on feedback from various business improvement associations and the public is invited to express where the proposed temporary measures would be most appropriate.
Staff will also take into account accessibility considerations when developing and implementing the temporary measures.
In addition, the public can share their ideas on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:
Pedestrian traffic control and flow
Possible designated outdoor retail space areas
Possible designated outdoor patio/picnic table areas
Adapting municipally owned park and green space areas
Designated curbside pickup parking spots
Areas that are need to be retained for clientele parking
Public consultation will remain open until Monday, June 15.