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With most of the flat lots in the district already owned or developed, staff told council that they should expect more applications for construction on hilly land that often require variances to meet bylaws.
Council approves $5 trail user fee
District of Squamish council gave the first three readings to a new bylaw that would require event organizers to pay a fee of $5 per participant when events use trails and roads on municipal lands.
The new trail user fee would apply to events like the Test of Metal and Gearjammer, the STORMY off-road ultra run, the Squamish Triathlon, the MOMAR adventure race and other events, with a few exceptions. The weekly Twoonie Races held by the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association would be exempt as a community event and youth events would automatically be exempted from the bylaw. There is also an opportunity for fundraising events to apply for an exemption.
The money would be collected by the District of Squamish and then put back into the trails using municipal crews, local trail organizations and private contractors hired by the municipality or trail organizations.
"This is fantastic and a long time coming," said Councillor Bryan Raiser.
Councillor Rob Kirkham asked if any thought had been given to charging a fee from all the commercial operators using trails. He was told that professional companies are in the process of being regulated by the provincial government. However, commercial operators that host events - such as the Sea to Sky Trail Ride and B.C. Bike Race - will be charged the fee.
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