Campground Owner Warns on Noise Limits
Measures aimed at curbing noise from events in the Upper Squamish Valley in British Columbia will also freeze out businesses, said the owner of a local campground.
Ali Abolfathi has operated Squamish Valley Campground for eight years, the Squamish Chief reported. With Squamish’s weather dishing up eight good camping weekends per year, Abolfathi said his business relies heavily on hosting events. But this summer it looks like that’s been knocked out of his tool kit.
In an effort to balance residents’ noise complaints and economic development, officials are looking to stop issuing any new permits.
Abolfathi had hoped to host three festivals this coming summer. An electric musical concert Bass Fest was among them. On Tuesday (Dec. 17), festival organizer Trevor Miles made a plea to District of Squamish officials to weigh into the decision to deny his permit request, noting he was told the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) was not allowing any new permits.
The year 2014 would mark the event’s second year, with organizers anticipating the festival will draw between 1,000 and 1,500 people. That translates into $300,000 in local spending, Miles said.
“So it is good business that we’ve created for Squamish,” he said.
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