In reacting to the Provincial initiative for supervised consumption services, City Council considered the where and how of supervised consumption services at a special council meeting tonight. Council approved first reading of a proposed land use bylaw with six potential sites considered for supervised consumption services in Red Deer.
Supervised consumption service sites are already operating in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge. These sites are legally-sanctioned, medically-supervised facilities, aimed at harm reduction. The focus of supervised consumption services is to allow for people who use drugs to do so safely and securely in the presence of a health-care professional, without fear of arrest or accidental overdose.
City Council considered a number of options related to supervised consumption services tonight. While federal and provincial legislation dictates much of what happens, the amended land use bylaw provides opportunities for citizen input at the public hearing stage in the process.
City Council gave first reading to a proposed bylaw amendment to have supervised consumption services as a discretionary use on six sites. The six sites currently being considered are the hospital (3942 50A Avenue), Turning Point (4611 50 Avenue) Safe Harbour (5256 and 5246 53 Avenue), and the three public health clinics (300 Jordan Parkway, 2845 Bremner Avenue, and 4755 49 Street). Council is proposed as the Development Authority for development permit applications.
All property owners and citizens living within 100 metres will be notified of a public hearing before Council on December 19, 2017. Council will then consider information from the public hearing and potentially give final readings to a bylaw amendment.
For more information, contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer