A downtown Red Deer advocate says after all of the opposition to the temporary shelter site at Cannery Row, she cannot believe council is proposing to locate a permanent shelter site at 4934 54th Ave. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

A downtown Red Deer advocate says after all of the opposition to the temporary shelter site at Cannery Row, she cannot believe council is proposing to locate a permanent shelter site at 4934 54th Ave. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer city council to review permanent emergency shelter feedback March 7

Shelter proposed at former parks building site at 4934 54 Ave.

Red Deer city council will take time to digest feedback from the community on the proposed permanent emergency shelter before deciding on next steps.

City staff spent the last two weeks holding a number of “facilitated focus group conversations” with members of the downtown community about the proposed site at 4934 54 Ave. It was originally a City of Red Deer Parks facility and is now being used for storage.

On March 7 during a special council meeting, council will review the full “What we heard” report on those conversations, as well as details about next steps, said the city in a news release on Monday.

“Originally we planned to have first reading of the Land Use Bylaw amendment on March 7, however, we feel it is important for administration to present this information to council and consider the results prior to consideration of first reading,” said interim city manager Tara Lodewyk.

“We need to make time in the process and not rush the decision. These were valuable discussions, and I was encouraged by how our community came to the table to share their perspectives and work toward solutions.”

Lodewyk said seven meetings were held with downtown property owners, businesses, associations and social service providers. Consultation wrapped up on Feb. 23.

The full report is being put together by the third-party engagement specialist who oversaw the community consultation.

“There were some common themes in the discussions including a desire for transparency and understanding, willingness to help find a community solution, and having a clear vision for shelter,” said Lodewyk. “We are currently working on proposed next steps that will build on theses common themes and what we heard.”

For more information visit www.reddeer.ca/shelter.



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