Council to look at downtown patio policy

Cranbrook city council will have opportunity to revisit policies dealing with downtown outdoor patio seating

Arne Petryshen

Cranbrook city council will have opportunity to revisit policies dealing with downtown outdoor patio seating. At the moment businesses downtown are not permitted outdoor patios. Past councils have looked at the policies and kept the status quo.

Coun. Ron Popoff said that he and Mayor Lee Pratt had attended the Downtown Businesses Association meeting prior to the Nov. 16 city council meeting and the prospect of patios was brought up.

“They mentioned that there was a desire to develop some enabling policies, bylaws or whatever that may be for seasonal outdoor public patios,” Popoff said. “Certainly we see those in all the other communities around this area and broader, it just makes us wonder why we don’t have those yet in Cranbrook.”

Popoff said he was just putting the thought forward as an “ask” at the moment.

“Is it possible for staff to take this away as some winter homework and come up with some sort of an idea of what kind of project that might look like for staff to take on and see how that fits within our priorities,” he said. ‘Maybe we might have some sort of leadership enabling documents so that next spring, those in the business community — downtown or other — who want those outdoor patios, we would have something for them ready to go.”

Popoff asked if staff could look into setting up a sort of work task for the winter and report back the next meeting.

CAO Wayne Staudt said the question has come up before, and has also been researched by city staff.

“I think what we can do is maybe dust off one of those reports and bring it forth for council to have a look at because it’s not the first time this question has been raised,” Staudt said. “And you won’t be surprised that there’s pros and cons to it.”

He said previous councils have decided not to proceed with it based on the pros and cons that were in the report.

Staudt said he would try to have the report ready for the Dec. 7 meeting.

He noted it may need to be updated in some areas.

“There would’ve been input into it from our insurance people, RCMP and everything else,” Staudt said. “So whether they want to give me an update… because I don’t know how old it is — it might be three years old, it might be five


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

Just Posted

test tube with the blood test is on the table next to the documents. Positive test for coronavirus covid-19. The concept of fighting a dangerous Chinese disease.
Interior Health records third COVID-19 death

A new community outbreak was reported at Okanagan Men’s Centre in Lake Country

NAV CANDA is considering closing its station at the West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline
Nav Canada considering closing station at West Kootenay Regional Airport

The organization is conducting a service review at Castlegar’s airport

Wreaths are placed on the cenotaph in Rotary Park during the 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony. There will be no formal ceremony held in Rotary Park this year due to COVID-19, however personal displays of remembrance are encouraged. Wreaths are available for purchase through the Poppy Campaign. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Remembrance Day different, but not forgotten, says Cranbrook Legion

The Legion will not be hosting their traditional ceremony at the cenotaph this year

City council approved a zoning amendment to permit construction of a new apartment building.
Council approves zoning change for proposed apartment building

Cranbrook city council approved a rezoning application that would permit construction of… Continue reading

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo
EKFH Starlite campaign to support youth mental health care centre

Together with the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Family and Child Services Society (KKFCSS), the… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Never before seen painting by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr gifted to Victoria gallery

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

Every year, for the past three years, we have gone camping for Halloween weekend at HaHas Lake (pictured). This year we shall return for the last weekend of October. (Corey Bullock file)
Farm life: Another month come and gone

What I read, watched, listened to and made in October

Most Read