Red Deer city council will meet again on Monday to continue discussing what factors should be considered in selecting a site for the permanent homeless shelter. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer city council will meet again on Monday to continue discussing what factors should be considered in selecting a site for the permanent homeless shelter. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer city council starts discussing what shelter site selection criteria should be

Red Deer city council began narrowing down which criteria should be considered for selecting a site for the permanent homeless shelter.

At a special council meeting on Monday, councillors began formulating what should be considered going forward.

So far, the factors under consideration are: The ability to acquire a site; having a space of adequate size; the general community impact of the shelter; the specific impacts to the surrounding area; and access to services and supports.

This criteria could eventually be incorporated into an evaluation matrix to help council weigh the pros and cons of each site.

Although city administration had set out seven previous factors for site selection, council had resolved to go to a clean slate and select new criteria after considering public input, as well as technical information about the shelter project.

No formal decisions were made during Monday’s special council meeting, relating to what should be the considerations for selecting a permanent shelter site.

But council will meet again on Monday to continue conversations. That meeting on Monday, June 27, starting at 2:30 p.m., will be to try to finalize a criteria list. It will be live-streamed through council’s meeting site.

For more information on the permanent shelter project, visit www.reddeer.ca/shelter.

Red Deer City Council