In what was described as a matter of “housekeeping” by Manager of Corporate Services Jon Wilsgard to the Town of Golden, Council made a recommendation to alter some of the policies to the Temporary License of Occupation Policy.
In April of 2010 Council approved a Temporary License of Occupation (TLO) Policy which governs and regulates the temporary occupation of certain public spaces.
According to Wilsgard the policy has been very successful in streamlining and fast tracking approvals, facilitating the animation of public spaces for a variety of activities. In the staff report to council it states, “The authorization mechanism was originally proposed and remains as a corporate policy versus a bylaw because it continues to evolve; having said this, at some point an authorizing bylaw should be in place once there is confidence that the policy is suitably comprehensive.”
There have been new requests made to staff for wedding ceremonies (in Spirit Square specifically), sporting events (such as a race start for road bikes – also in Spirit Square), and temporary merchant encroachments in parking stalls.
Council voted to authorize the changes in the staff report.