Mobile vending gets the go-ahead from Golden Council

Council has approved “in principle” amendments to their Temporary License of Occupation Policy to allow for mobile vendors to set up shop.

Golden Town Council has approved “in principle” amendments to their Temporary License of Occupation Policy to allow for mobile vendors to set up shop at four different locations around town.

The municipality came under some pressure last year to amend a policy that did not allow for mobile vending after Golden Fries, a poutine-making duo, were unable to make a go of it in Golden due to the strict policy.

Mobile vendors will now be able to purchase a license to operate between May 1 and October 31, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. There will be no permanent pads or facilities for the vendors, who must have all vehicles and structures removed nightly by 9 p.m.

The policy covers public land only, therefore mobile vending on private land is still prohibited unless it has been grandfathered in, like Cones Ice Cream. There are four locations around town including the parking area at Keith King Memorial Park, the CP parking lot, the parking area near Kumsheen Park and the movie theatre, and the public land in between Sobey’s and Kicking Horse Ford’s parking lot on 9th Avenue North.

Spirit Square was not included as a location because of its proximity to other local businesses, and because vendors can still apply for a one-day license during public events in the square such as a concert or the Farmer’s Market.

These one-day event licenses also allow for later business hours so that a vendor would be able to stay open, for example, until the end of a Spirit Square concert.

Although is not currently stated in the document, the intention is that there be one vendor per site. Coun. Mike Pecora suggested inserting a limit to the number of licenses issued, however this document remains policy, not bylaw, and is therefore easy to amend if issues arise.

Coun. Caleb Moss was not satisfied with the four locations chosen, and thought that the highway would be a good addition to the list. There is a highway corridor enhancement project starting this year, which is why Town staff left that location off the list for the time being.

Town Council approved the amended Temporary Licensing Agreement in principle (Coun. Moss was opposed. Councillors Connie Barlow, Keith Hern, and Mayor Christina Benty were absent).

The document will be up for formal approval at the next regular open council meeting on July 16.