Post on : March 25, 2022
The Downtown St. John’s Business Commission encourages the City of St. John’s to reconsider the City staff recommendation and continue to waive all application and permit fees for the development of parklets on City and/or private land for 2022.
Downtown businesses need another summer season of commerce to help rebuild after two years of devastating losses due to the pandemic. Waiving fees in 2022 will allow them time to regain some financial losses, further recuperate costs of parklet infrastructure and allow the businesses more time to better plan for parklet fee increases in 2023.
It is important to highlight that the Halifax Regional Municipality, Downtown Saint John, N.B., Downtown Sydney, among others are continuing to support their businesses by waiving application and permit fees for parklet programs in the 2022 season. A similar approach by the City of St. John’s would be appreciated.
Download a copy of the letter to Council from Chair, Byron Murphy.