Vernon tourism marketing urged

One Vernon politician wants more done to promote the community as a destination.

City council has approved the 2013 tourism marketing plan but Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe believes there is a need to create a central reservations service.

“It’s the only way you will ever be able to close the sale,” she said of making it easier for visitors to book accommodations here.

O’Keefe also wants to see more focus on tourism businesses co-operating on marketing.

“Not all of the golf courses know the benefit of coming together as a consortium and the same holds true with the arts and agri-tourism,” she said.

Parking plan panned

There is a concern that a proposed residential development will impact neighbours.

Vernon council has agreed to a variance that would see the parking stalls required for a apartment project on 20th Street go from 34 to 26.

“This will be a concern for residents in the neighbourhood,” said Coun. Bob Spiers, who believes the variance could lead to vehicles on the street.

Coun. Brian Quiring has also raised questions about the matter.

“It boggles my mind that we have that kind of official community designation (higher density) and we narrow the road,” he said of a recent city initiative that lead to wide sidewalks along 20th Street.

A public hearing on the development variance permit will be held Feb. 25.

Housing designs considered

The City of Vernon is being encouraged to join the SAFERHome Standards Society.

The society encourages new home construction to include designs that allow people to age in their homes, whether it is wider doorways for walkers or  light switches being at a certain height to assist with ergonomics.

Tripping hazards can also be reduced by adjusting thresholds.

Communities pass the information on to developers in the hopes they will use the designs instead of mandating it through bylaws.

“For people 50-plus, this should be automatic,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

“You don’t have to build as much assisted living  (units) because people can age in their own home.”

It would cost the city about $1,300 to join the society.



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