At its meeting Monday, Red Deer city council will consider an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw and a site exception to consider the continuation of the temporary shelter in Cannery Row.
The temporary shelter was established in 2020 to ensure the safety of shelter users during the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing a safe place that meets provincial requirements of physical distancing and health measures.
The site was acquired outside of the development permitting process during a declared State of Local Emergency by means of an emergency order. A one-year lease was established and will expire at the end of March 2021.
On Monday, council will consider first reading of the Land Use Bylaw 3357/H-2021 for a short-term temporary care facility site exception at 5239 53 Ave.
If passed, there will be a public hearing at the March 29 meeting, followed by second and third reading. Letters are in the mail to landowners within 100 metres of the site in order to provide an opportunity to review the proposed changes and provide comments.
Announcement came Wednesday that the city and the provincial government came to an agreement on the scope of a new 24/7 homeless shelter, a year after Red Deer was promised $7 million for a project in the 2020 Alberta budget.
Specifics about the 24/7 shelter’s location, timing and operational details have not yet been finalized by the provincial government.