Senior’s care facility in north to go ahead
Council paved the way for a five-floor senior’s care facility to be built on Taylor Drive near 67th Street.
Voting 7 to 2 with Coun. Tara Veer and Frank Wong against, they approved the re-zoning a section of land off of Taylor Drive to allow the construction of a five-storey Points West Living Senior’s care facility at Monday’s council meeting.
The facility is adjacent established light industrial buildings and two raised concerns about the proposed senior’s care facility.
Derold Clark, president of both Blue Rock Management Ltd. and Canalta Controls Ltd., owns property adjacent to the site.
He voiced his concern with placing a senior’s living facility that close to industrial operations, specifically odours.
“Main concern is the smells coming from the area there are paint and welding shops in that area and the wind carries it into that area,” said Clark.
Clark had plans to expand, but put on hold when this proposal came up.
Nearby Schlumberger also raised some concerns about putting a multi-family assisted living facility near their facility. They said in a letter they have large service vehicle traffic, chemical storage, pressure testing and wash bays, common in light industrial areas, but not commonplace in commercial or residential.
“Our processes are designed to mitigate and eliminate accidents or incidences that can occur in an oilfield environment. However, residents of a multi-use facility, as is being proposed, might have unsubstantiated and uneducated concerns about our operations and cause issue,” said Penny Christiensen, Schlumberger regional facilities manager.
Red Deer’s social planning department had identified a strong demand for this housing and care option in the community. Emergency services did not object to the rezoning, but had concerns over their ability to evacuate the building given its proximity to the industrial buildings.
More concerns were raised over noise, dust and odour from the neighbouring industrial zones.
Coun. Paul Harris and Mayor Morris Flewwelling pointed out that under current zoning those in the nearby light industrial zone are not supposed to pollute or emit odours, noise, dust or other nuisances.
Harris said most of the concerns raised are not typically dealt with at the zoning level, but instead at the development phase, which comes next. He also said council should trust the process and that by approving the re-zoning, it allows the development phase of construction to deal with odour, noise and dust issues from the nearby industrial area.
The proposed senior care facility would employee about 100 people.