The HOLM Stretch | February 17, 2023
New permit for downtown businesses to use sidewalks and on-street parking
A new Outdoor Commercial Use Permit is being created to allow businesses in Vernon’s downtown core to expand their retail and patio spaces outdoors. The new permit is expected to be in place early next month.
The new permit is an option for businesses to use one on-street parking space for business purposes, in addition to sidewalk and boulevard space. The approach was tested as a pilot program between 2020 and 2022 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on local businesses.
Businesses in the Primary and Secondary Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) will have an opportunity to bring their patios and sales areas outdoors through the new permit, which will have to be purchased annually. Once the permit is in place, a business may use the length of their frontage on the sidewalk or boulevard year-round, weather permitting. Between March 1 and October 31 of each year, they will also have an option to use one on-street parking space in front of their building.
Businesses will be able to apply for permits starting in March 2023. The guidelines and application form will be provided on the City website in the coming weeks.
This leads us to think SPRING is just around the corner. We can't wait to see how Downtown Vernon businesses create opportunities with this new change.
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Chris, Patric, Julie, Jasmine, Kristi & Brell
In North Okanagan Real Estate
As of the morning of Friday, February 17th, there are 678 properties showing as active listings here in North Okanagan. On February 10th, there were 679 properties active.
Sales ranged from $105,000 to $2,075,000 and on average properties were active for 65 days before posting as sold.
20 prices were reduced over the last week.
Scroll down for our market recap for Vernon, Armstrong, and Coldstream real estate activity in the last 7 days.
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