Industrial and commercial businesses in the County of Grande Prairie may find themselves competing against one another throughout the summer, to see whose yard is nicer.
County Council unveiled a new initiative today, the Landscaping Recognition Program. They hope it will motivate businesses as it will reward the business that best meets the County’s Land Use Bylaw.
“We want to see grass being maintained and mowed, trees and shrubs planted and maintained and looked after. Really, having the landscaping incorporated into their site and into their buildings, and their storage areas. Try and make their whole lot look attractive from the street, mainly along our high visibility corridors and highways,” explained Nick Lapp, Director of Planning and Development.
The winner will get a plaque and/or banner for their business, a write-up in the County Connections newsletter, some free advertising through local media and frequent mentions on County social media platforms.
“Just by participating, the business wins. This is because effective landscaping enhances property values, creates a healthier and cleaner work environment for employees and customers, ensures the lot is complementary to the streetscape and area character, respects environmental values, and is self-sustaining, low-maintenance and reduces overall business costs,” Lapp said.
Nominations open July 4, 2017 and close August 31, 2017.