The Town of Drumheller are proposing some changes and new bylaws and was looking for public input on Thursday. The Town hosted an open house on the proposed changes to the Community Standards Bylaw and the new Tourism Corridor Bylaw and Tax Incentive Bylaw.
In regards to the new Tourism Corridor Bylaw, the Priority #1 areas will be Highway 9 through the community of Drumheller, Highway 10 east to the Water Treatment Plant and through the community of Rosedale, Highway 575 through Drumheller to the Passion Play site, Highway 838 (North Dinosaur Trail) towards the Royal Tyrell Museum ending at 25th Street (end of Midland), and the downtown core. Priority #2 areas are the remainder of Highway 10 through the valley to East Coulee, and Highway 10X to Wayne. The details of the proposed bylaw can be found here. Mainly it is for the maintenance and upkeep of properties along the tourism corridor as well as outlining penalties for not doing this upkeep.
The other new bylaw up for discussion was the Tax Incentive Bylaw where a non-residential property may get tax breaks to develop the property. and a Tax Incentive Bylaw where a non-residential property that is already developed but vacant may get tax breaks for a new business to open in the property. All of the details on this proposed bylaw can be found here.
The public also had the opportunity to see the changes to the Community Standards Bylaw. The open house was well attended and was important for the Town to get input from the community according to Julia Fielding. "This is to show people what council and administration are looking at the moment. Firstly, the changes to the Community Standards Bylaw and the two new bylaws, Tax Incentive and Tourism Corridor and we want people to read them and get to know them. If they have any comments or questions now is the chance. This is the time, before it goes to third reading and gets put into our bylaws."
Barb Lubinski of Western Chevrolet was in attendance to view the new bylaw. "I'm interested to look at what the actual parameters of this are and what I see is something that actually makes me very happy. We're largely invested in our business and we're invested in our community. We are here forever so we would love to see this kind of progress and this kind of standard set."
Lubinski also commented on how this Tourism Corridor bylaw may affect her business. "It won't change anything from our perspective. It may actually give us pause to look at things around the dealership if there's places we can pick up."
Town council will take all of the information from the open house into consideration. The changed and new bylaws are anticipated to go for third reading in front of council on March 18.