City proposing new zoning for Red Deer Polytechnic land

Land is currently zoned as a Public Service district

Red Deer city council will have its first reading Monday to amend a land-use bylaw for Red Deer Polytechnic.

City administration is proposing a new Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) District to accommodate further development of post-secondary needs and other related land use to the institution’s land.

The proposed district will be tailored to the specific needs of Red Deer Polytechnic.

“With their official shift to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are looking to the future to better support the post-secondary institution as they continue to grow and evolve,” said Orlando Toews, senior planner. “The proposed district prepares Red Deer Polytechnic for a growing and viable future as a key educational institute within the region.”

Red Deer Polytechnic lands are currently zoned as a Public Service District, the city said in a news release Friday.

That is common for schools and city recreation facilities but does not account for other activities on the institution’s main campus such as residences and commercial ventures.

The new district will allow for applied learning connections to its diverse programs, as well as additional commercial uses to serve and support students and community members.

“We are excited for the potential flexibility that this new zoning district will allow Red Deer Polytechnic to enhance our main campus to best serve our future learners and valued community members, while continuing to respect the needs of our growing city and region,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, president of Red Deer Polytechnic.

“We appreciate the continued collaboration we’ve enjoyed with the City of Red Deer through this process, and we value city council and administration’s support as we embrace our sustainable future as a polytechnic institution.”

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