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$2 parking for tourists coming in spring

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The Town of Drumheller (TOD) is going to have paid parking for tourists starting this spring. From May to October, the town proposes there will be paid parking on town-owned lots. Municipal parking lots, the Aquaplex and the Badlands Community Facility will be the main focus. Downtown and personal properties will not be included. However, The Rosedale Suspension Bridge and HooDoos along highway 101 will be a part of the paid parking program.
The town ran a pilot project in October, 2023 for 31 days to introduce residents to the program. There is a user-friendly app, Hotspot, that 305 residents downloaded as of November 1st, to register for the trial. “People were unsure about it,” explains Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg, “the more they learned, though, they understood. This is a way, because of our tourism, to gain money from visitors. We have to continue to educate our residents so they understand we are looking for ways to offset the cost of tourism to our taxpayers.”
The pilot project has been a great way to find loopholes and to create a way to explain and educate residents about it. It will be free to park for residents that register on Hotspot for a maximum of 4 vehicles per household, possibly more. Mayor Colberg is hoping that the town will garner “Parking Angels” by early February to assist with helping people register that may need it. “Council is working with administration to set up a list of locations for residents that need help registering,” says Mayor Colberg.
People living out of town, but working in Drumheller are eligible for exemption. Town Council is still in discussions with the Reeves of each County to find a solution that would offset the costs of others who live out of town but use the Auqaplex and Badlands Community Facility regularly.
The costs to tourists will be $2.00/hr in Parking lots, $2.50/hr for street parking and $20.00/day.


Short-term Rentals Bylaw passed by Drumheller town council

Drumheller’s town council has passed a bylaw to implement business licensing fees for short-term rentals (STRs) that includes Airbnb’s. There will be home-sharing rules and insurance directives included, that home owners will have to abide by under the new Bylaw.

“There has to be a safety plan that needs to be included with the license and emergency contacts have to be posted for the renters,” says Drumheller town councilor Crystal Sereda, “Our community is very visitor-driven, especially in the summer months, so we have to secure long-term rentals. We have to ensure that when visitors come they are having a good experience. If they are not having a good experience then they need to have contact with someone.”
If the owner lives in the home and is renting out a room or basement suite for short periods of time (less than 28 days) the annual business license fee will be $245. If the owner lives in town and rents out another home they do not reside in, the annual fee is $810. If a home is being rented out, and the owner lives outside of the Town of Drumheller (TOD), the fee will be $1010 annually.
There will be a cap for short-term rentals, set at 120 for a given year. The TOD will provide the current holders of the license first opportunity to register for renewal in following years. This cap will not apply to newly built homes and will be reviewed annually.
The Council mandates that applicants provide proof of home-sharing/STR insurance during the application process and principal residences will be given priority.
“We value the short-term rentals in our community. They provide a unique accommodation so we’re willing to work with them,” says Sereda.
Applications can be filled out for principal residents (those who currently operate an Airbnb) on Thursday February 1, 2024. Those who want to start home-sharing can apply for the business license as of Friday, March 1, 2024.

Community celebrates Canada Literacy Day

January is a time for families to reinforce the importance of reading in their lives during Family Literacy Day.
The Drumheller Community Learning Society is once again marking the occasion on Saturday, January 27. This year is special as it will be the 25th year that the event has been staged.
“We’re encouraging families and groups across the country to help celebrate 25 years of Family Literacy Day by throwing a family party of their own. Learning as a family not only helps to build strong literacy skills for both adults and children, but it also strengthens family bonds and ties,” says Alison Howard, Executive Director of ABC Life Literacy Canada.
Literacy Coordinator in Drumheller Louise Henrickson says while Drumheller has not participated in all 25 years, it has become an important date in their schedule.
This year they are celebrating with a family carnival. It will be at the Badlands Community Facility from 2 -4 p.m. Participants can read and write their way through the carnival to a gold medallion.
For those who can’t make it out that weekend, discover these great ways to celebrate with your family at home. Go to https://abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/family-literacy-day/


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