Rules regarding camping in Vernon parks are being clarified. On Monday, city council gave three readings to the parks and public places (temporary overnight sheltering) amendment bylaw. “There’s been a lot of work done by staff and council to make sure we’re doing the right thing,” said Mayor Akbal Mund. Under the proposed bylaw, an individual camping in a park or public space must dismantle and pack up the temporary shelter prior to 9 a.m. the following day. That does not mean that they have to leave the park with the shelter. “They could have it in their backpack just like anyone else (who goes in the park),” said Mund. Under the bylaw, no person shall make or cause to be made noise, vibration, odour, dust, illumination or undertake any activity that is liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of individuals or the public in a public place, including but not limited to failing to remove objects from the park that interfere with public park use. Temporary shelters will also not be allowed on sidewalks or boulevards. It’s anticipated the bylaw will be adopted by council Aug. 14. As a result of recent court rulings, municipalities cannot prevent people from camping in parks if there isn’t space available at homeless shelters.
Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyreJuly 19, 2017 06:21 am
Camping In City Parks Clarification
Vernon council has clarified the rules covering camping in city run parks, such as Polson. The proposed bylaw would force people camping in a park to take down and pack-up their temporary shelter prior to 9 am the following day.Camping will only be allowed if local shelters are full. Mayor Akbal Mund says final approval and enforcement of the bylaw could start in mid August. ” I don’t think it’s going to be overly aggressive. They’ll pack up and they’ll get out. That’s as simple as it will be, right. We’ll see what they do after that. I don’t know.” However, it doesn’t mean they have to actually get out of the park after 9 am. “You have to take down your shelter by 9am and cannot have anything that is existing in anything like a campsite. They can take it down, but they can carry it around.” The city is also banning temporary shelters on sidewalks or boulevards.
As well as banning temporary shelters on sidewalks & boulevards, the following public spaces ban temporary shelters.