Bed & Breakfast regulations under review
Town Council will seek public input on potential changes to the Land Use Bylaw that governs how Bed and Breakfast homes and inns operate in the Town of Banff. The Land Use Bylaw section dealing with Bed and Breakfasts was last updated in 2012. Stakeholder and community input will be gathered on:
- the maximum number of Bed and Breakfasts allowed in Banff;
- modified enforcement options for compliance;
- regulations on B&Bs as secondary uses in homes;
- special considerations for B&B applications in heritage homes;
- regulations that govern Bed and Breakfast Inns;
- property taxes, fees and renewals of B&Bs; and
- and any other changes that might be relevant to these businesses.
In-person and online consultation will be part of gathering public feedback. Notification about consultation will be posted at banff.ca/feedback
Banff to Join Campaign for Extended Producer Responsibility
The Town of Banff is joining other municipalities in a campaign advocating for a provincial Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program. EPR is a policy mechanism by which producers or manufacturers of products are made responsible for the management of material at the end of its lifecycle. This means that the producer of the product is financially and often operationally responsible for ensuring that their materials get recycled which, in turn, decreases the burden of recycling programs that are paid for by residents through taxes and utility rates. Other provinces have implemented EPR legislation, though Alberta currently has none.
New Map for Banff Commonwealth Walkway
A map-based web application has been created to showcase the Banff Commonwealth Walkway. The new interactive map was unveiled to council during a briefing giving an overview of GIS programs supporting the Trails Master Plan. The map allows the public to browse stories and photos associated with the walkway and the history of the area, and links to a publication created to promote the walkway. The map can be viewed on a desktop or mobile. Commonwealth Walkway Map