Special council meeting Monday to discuss temporary warming centre

Safe Harbour Society will ask Red Deer city council to allow a modular structure on its site as a temporary warming centre on Monday.

Safe Harbour Society will ask Red Deer city council to allow a modular structure on its site as a temporary warming centre on Monday.

Council will consider the development permit application at a special council meeting starting at 2 p.m.

The proposed site is located at 5256 53 Avenue, next to Safe Harbour in Railyards.

The modular structure would be used for the next two winters as a day-time warming centre, from Nov.1, 2015, to April 30, 2017.

All landowners within 100 metres of the proposed site were notified of the development permit application. They have been asked to review and comment on the proposed development.

Site access, landscaping, relationship with adjacent uses and buildings, parking and building locations are examples of some of the factors that will be considered when council evaluates the development permit.

The centre would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with three employees on site during operating hours.

Council recently refused a proposal to establish a warming centre at 4934 54th Ave. in Riverlands. City administration was directed to explore other sites.

Tara Lodewyk, director of city Planning Services, said the newly proposed site fits within the current zoning and aligns with the city’s Municipal Development Plan in that it supports a safe, inclusive greater downtown that offers social and support services to the public.