Council hears update on 2019 Winter Games Celebration Plaza

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
November 27, 2017 - 9:00pm

The Celebration Plaza for the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be complete by November 2018.

Games executives were on hand at Monday night’s city council meeting to provide an update on the project they say will leave a lasting legacy.

They presented a vision which contains two parts, phase one, which is the main celebration hub, and phase two, a longer-term plan to rejuvenate the entire site.

Construction on the hub, which will include the integration of 48 Street and the school site, will begin this coming spring pending the approval of a development permit application from the Games.

Board Chair Lyn Radford said the yet to be funded phase two is something that isn’t essential to the Games happening, but the community as a whole can make it happen if they want it.

“The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off has chosen us as next year's recipient and a lot of those funds will be going towards the plaza’s second phase,” she said. “If something should happen and the Games are not able to fulfill that piece of it, it’s still a vision for the community that they could still pick up and finish. Another community group could come in and say we want to build on the plans we already have.”

Phase two, also known as the Celebration Link would include upgrading the school’s playground equipment, which is to be removed for the Celebration Plaza, as well as the construction of an outdoor amphitheatre.

Radford says the development permit will be submitted by the end of the week.

-- Addressing billboard proliferation

Red Deer city council is contemplating several changes to regulations around billboards.

A review of the City’s sign bylaw comes as a sweeping review of the current Land Use Bylaw is being undertaken, something which hasn’t been done in 20 years.

Chief among the proposed changes is to institute a 500m radius around each billboard. As such there could not be two billboards within 1000m of each other. There would be an additional parameter which would permit only one billboard at each site.

It is also proposed to require a 10m radius from any billboard to any ground or free-standing sign. As well, it is proposed that no billboard be placed within 100m of any residential district.

The proposed alterations to the bylaw are based off feedback from the public, Council, Administration and two local stakeholders, Pattison Signs and Go Outdoor.

Council passed first reading on Monday and the matter is scheduled for a public hearing on December 11 at 6 p.m.

-- Microbrewery site exception

Council also gave first reading to a site exception proposal from a company looking to open up a new microbrewery.

Belly Hop Brewing would like to open up shop in the Edgar Industrial Area which is currently zoned I1 Industrial.

According to information provided by City Administration, the Municipal Development Plan contains standards which encourage economic diversification.

The proposal is also comparable with “restaurant” which is a discretionary use in I1 districts. As well, microbrewery is a use listed in both commercial and industrial districts elsewhere in the province.

A public hearing is scheduled for January 8 at 6 p.m.

-- Supervised consumption services

Council also tabled a report from Administration scheduled to come forward on how they may proceed on overseeing supervised consumption services.

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