Council voted to have the draft Trails Master Plan posted on Banff.ca and for it to be presented at a public open house at The Fenlands on Wednesday, November 26 from 6-9 p.m. The open house will give the public an opportunity to comment on the recommendations in the plan. The last plan was developed in 1992, and this plan would be a guiding document for 2015-2020.
Council gave two readings to an amendment to the Business License Bylaw, postponing the third reading until the November 24 regular meeting. The bylaw proposes increasing the one-day business license fee from $185 to $190, allowing for credit card payments for licence fees less than $200, and increasing non-accommodation fees by 2%. Council voted to postpone the third reading in order to gather feedback from the business community on the changes.
A briefing on the progress of the town’s capital projects was presented to council. A total of $17.95M in capital project funding has been approved by council for a total of 73 ongoing projects. A short film made about one project—the decommissioning of the 40 Mile Creek Dam— was shown at the meeting. The premiere of the five-minute film was held at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and can be viewed online at Banff.ca/40milecreek.