City Council heard first reading of an amended License Bylaw today (3159/A-2018), which if approved, requires service providers to apply for a license to operate mobile supervised consumption services in Red Deer.
The bylaw amendments outline a definition for what constitutes mobile supervised consumption services, as well as specified locations, which include:
- Hospital (3942 50A Avenue)
- P9 Parking Lot (4618 50 A)
- Safe Harbour (5246 53 Ave)
- Bettensons Parking Lot (4310, 4320, 4322 & 4348 52 Avenue)
- Old Parks Building (4934 54 Avenue)
Supervised consumption services provide a place where people can use controlled substances in a monitored hygienic environment, and are part of the federal and provincial strategies to reduce harm from opioids and other substances.
“The City is in the process of laying the ground work for a local agency to apply to manage and operate a mobile supervised consumption service in our community,” said Erin Stuart, Inspections & Licensing Manager for The City of Red Deer. “The first part of this process in terms of The City’s involvement is for Council to amend the bylaw which defines mobile supervised consumption services and the regulations and application required.”
There is no public hearing required to amend the License Bylaw; however, when a provider submits an application to operate a mobile supervised consumption services unit, the applicant is required to notify property owners and occupants located within 100 meters of the proposed site prior to acceptance of any application.
“Ultimately, citizens are notified by the applicant as a mechanism to influence the terms and conditions of the license to operate. This may include everything from hours of operation to anything else in the public interest,” said Stuart.
Following tonight’s Council meeting, residents are invited to provide written comment by May 19 for inclusion on the May 28 Council agenda.
Second and third reading may be considered at the May 28 City Council meeting. However, approval of an amended bylaw does not assume the introduction of mobile supervised consumption services in Red Deer; it does however, ensure there are definitions and regulations as to what, how and where this type of business operates. If approved, the proposed license fee is $120 per year and would require an annual renewal.
“The City’s involvement in implementing a supervised mobile consumption service in Red Deer is ensuring the proper bylaws are set so an external agency can operate and manage the service,” said Stuart. “Along with requiring approval from The City, the operating agency will require federal exemptions for each mobile site.”
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For more information, please contact:
Inspections and Licensing Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer