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City to adopt redevelopment plan for former school site in Swift Current

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The plan for the redevelopment of the former St. Joseph school site in Swift Current was presented to councillors at a regular council meeting, March 13.


Council members approved a motion to inform the public of council’s intention to amend the City’s official development plan to incorporate the St. Joseph school site redevelopment plan as an addendum. The 2.02 hectares site is located on the city’s south side between 2nd and 3rd Avenue Southeast.
The empty school building on the site was demolished in August 2016.
The City acquired the site in 2015 from the Holy Trinity School Division for the sum of $1. The school became vacant after the opening of the All Saints Catholic School in a new joint-use school facility on the city's northeast side.
City General Manager for Planning and Growth Development Michael Ruus noted Associated Engineering was commissioned in November 2015 to prepare a redevelopment plan for the site.
“The project was undertaken to outline how this land can be designed and developed in an effective and efficient fashion providing a mixture of residential and park/open space for this neighbourhood,” he told the meeting. “As part of this plan, Associated Engineering completed analysis on potential servicing and transportation impacts to identify potential constraints within the area.”
A number of public consultation events took place during the development of the plan to obtain feedback from area residents and the public about their preferences for the development of the former school site.
“During this project, City administration undertook its most robust public engagement process to date in a two-phased approach,” Ruus said. “The first phase included two workshops to create conceptual design options with residents located within 100 metres of the site. Finally, an open house was held for the public to offer comment on the design that was refined based on the initial feedback.”
The initial two public workshops for area residents were attended by 24 people. The come and go public open house was attended by 40 people and 17 comment sheets were completed during the event. The site will be redeveloped for residential purposes with a total of 34 dwelling units, including 24 four-unit multi-family dwellings, six three-unit multi-family dwellings, and four semi-detached dwelling units.
The outdoor skating rink on the site will be retained and the use of the open space area will be enhanced with the addition of a playground facility and basketball courts. There will be a parking area on the one side of the skating rink to provide convenience for visitors to the park area.
“The intent is to adopt this plan by bylaw in order to establish the vision and framework for redevelopment of this former school site by amending the City’s development plan,” he said. “Alternatives to this may be permitted in the future by amendment to this plan by going through the public consultation process outlined in the City’s infill guidelines for changes in land use or density.”
New landfill disposal rates
Council approved an adjustment to the disposal fee for some materials at the City’s East Landfill site for 2017, which will come into effect on April 1.
“A financial analysis of the solid waste utility was initiated in 2016 and is being finalized in 2017 to determine the associated costs of all aspects of the operations,” City Director of Engineering Services and Operations Greg Parsons said. “These costs include the development and decommissioning of both the East and West landfills and the operating costs of both landfills. Once this analysis is complete the landfill disposal rates for 2018 and beyond will be determined.”
The flat rate for cars, pickup trucks or small utility trailers to small loads of regular waste will increase from $5 to $10. For larger, commercial loads the fee will increase from $60 to $70 per tonne.
“Clean wood disposal is proposed to remain at $60 per tonne as an incentive to separate it from regular waste, providing raw product for the wood chipping program,” he said. “The disposal fees for concrete and asphalt have been adjusted to reflect the cost of crushing and recycling of these materials.”

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