Resort Municipality Initiative Funds
After deciding to cancel two Resort Municipality Initiative projects at the last regular open council meeting, the Town of Golden Council has decided where to reallocate those funds.
The $75,000 that had been allotted for the Community Wireless Project, was put towards the budget for the Highway 1 Enhancement Project, which already has a budget of $1.1 million.
The highway project will include pedestrian improvements from the junction of Highways 1 and 95 to the downtown area as an added focus.
The $45,000 for the cancelled Community Bike Share Program Enhancement has been moved to the Permanent Square Amenity Hub Project.
Council also voted to set aside $30,000 to undertake an economic review and analysis. The aim is to identify gaps for tourism based products within the community.
Council had to make a decision on where to place all those monies, because all RMI funds must be allocated. The municipality is not allowed to save it.
Development Variance Permit
Town Council has decided to approve a development variance permit that would allow the new Holiday Inn to increase the size and height of their sign.
The Holiday Inn Express, currently under construction on 14th Street North, requested the variance permit not only to keep their sign in line with the company, but also to make it visible from the highway, as 14th Street North is at a lower elevation than Frontage Road.
The permit application has gone through public consultation, and the Town of Golden received no responses, either verbal or written.
The mayor and many of the councillors acknowledged that the Town’s signage bylaw is outdated, and needs to be upgraded. But as of now it is not on the work plan for the Development Services Department.