City helps with private service homes, tax incentive

By Angela Brown
February 14, 2018 - 2:00pm

North Battleford City Hall looked at a number of issues at its meeting Monday, including the use of private service homes.

Council gave its approval to a zoning amendment to allow for a permitted-use in a residential zone for homeowners who wish to use their residence as an approved private service home.

While there is no one specific new location in the city where an owner is currrently planning a private service home, the issue came up at a prior council meeting.

Private service homes are residences where the homeowner provide accommodations for an individual living with a disability, who will live with them as part of their family, in a caring environment. 

Mayor Ryan Bater said the city is adding permissions to residential zones for the service. 

The city is including this designation to "support the needs of our diverse community by removing some of the barriers individuals face when seeking personal care necessary for their daily life," according to City Planner Ryan Mackrell's recent report.

Incentive for reno for new craft brewery    

Council approved a 25 per cent tax discount on muncipal taxes for a three-year period after a request from Taylor and Tady Holdings Ltd. for renovating the former armoury building that is turning into a future craft brewery.

City Manager Jim Puffalt said this project could be "tremendous" for the neighbourhood. He said the building "looks incredible from what it was before."

The building, located at 702-102 St., will soon be open for business again. 

The project developers, Brad Taylor and Gregg Tady, said in their letter to the city the facility will house a number of businesses. A barber shop are was completed, and they are currently finishing an area for a physiotherapist service.

They are also working on the area designated for the craft brewery and restaurant. Taylor and Tady hope to have the space open by mid 2018. 

Parking lot proposal

The city tabled a decision related to Lesmeister Construction Ltd.'s request to purchase the property at 741-110 St. in North Battleford for $18,000 to use as a parking lot.

The city's current land sale requirements stipulate a building must be established on the property after purchase, as a condition of the sale. As of Feb. 5 the city has not received any objections from surrounding neighbouring residences related to the proposed parking lot.

Parking lots are permitted as a use in the area zoned light industrial however.

There are three strip malls across the street from the site, on the east portion of the 700 block of 110 St. owned by Lesmeister Construction. The company wanted to build the parking lot to serve these buildings since it finds currently there is not enough parking available at times.

Council previously expressed concern the parking lot may not be suitable for this site since is it is located beside a residential area. 


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