1. Buy Local Campaign
The City of Merritt and the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce have created a Shop Local Campaign. This “Be Local – Buy Local” campaign is made possible with seed funding from the City of Merritt to the Merritt Chamber.
GET INVOLVED: Follow this campaign on social media and shop locally in the Nicola Valley whenever possible.
2. Downtown Pedestrian Zone
The idea of having Quilchena, between Voght and Garcia, as foot traffic only each Wednesday during lunchtimes has been discussed. Pedestrian only traffic on Friday evenings/Saturday is currently in discussion. Ideas are being considered to program the street i.e. food trucks, displays booths, retail and interactive displays.
GET INVOLVED: If you are interested in being involved as a vendor in the downtown pedestrian zone and Summer Nights Market, contact email@example.com.
3. City Beautification Projects
This Task Force is excited to open opportunities for additional murals and public art in downtown Merritt. The City of Merritt is looking for local artists who are interested in providing artwork for our local buildings. This proposed Street Art Initiative could include street, crosswalk and sidewalk painting, murals and window dressing. The City of Merritt will be providing some mural guidelines and community locations in the next few weeks.
GET INVOLVED: Those interested to sit on the City Beautification Task Force or being a part of the mural creation project can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Use of Street Parking for Patios
There are opportunities available for Street Parking and Plaza Parking to be Converted into Patios. Patio seating would have to be provided by the business. These temporary patios could become permanent if they work well. Businesses can apply for permanent patios now.
1. An application will be required so that the City of Merritt can ensure the proposed patio meets safety standards
2. The City of Merritt is temporarily waiving the $750 Development Permit application fee, as well as the requirement to provide professional drawings. A hand-drawn sketch of the proposed patio will be required.
3. Due to the reduced indoor seating capacity of restaurants and bars, the number of required parking stalls for businesses located in plazas could be reduced accordingly.
GET INVOLVED: If you are a Merritt business owner interested in having a patio contact the City of Merritt Planning and Development Services Department at email@example.com or 250-378-8615
5. Outdoor Display of Goods
The Business Licence Bylaw currently permits the display of goods up to 1 metre in front of a business, as long as pedestrian traffic is not impeded. Council has temporarily enabled the potential use of street parking spaces for outdoor display of goods so that the display area can be expanded.
GET INVOLVED: If you are a Merritt business owner interested in having an outdoor display of goods, contact the City of Merritt Planning and Development Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-378-8615
Economic Recovery Task Force
Interested in being a member of the Economic Development Committee? The City of Merritt is now seeking interested community members to sit on the re-established Economic Development Committee. Committee application forms are available HERE.