Turning Point is one step closer to relocating their operations and providing supervised consumption services (SCS) at 5233 54 Avenue, after City Council approved an application to amend the Land Use Bylaw for the proposed location, at today’s City Council meeting.
The approval comes with conditions and regulations for development of the site. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the requirement for a monitored digital security system, personnel to perform surveillance when the facility is open, and design elements that incorporate crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) standards. CPTED standards are aimed at reducing opportunities for crime through design elements such as lighting, access and landscaping.
The next step within the process is consideration of the development permit application, which will be considered by City Council at a future meeting. Additional conditions, specifically those pertaining to operations, such as hours of operation and staffing levels, may be required through the business license.
“The City has a legal and ethical imperative to approve a site. The Province of Alberta is calling for the operation of supervised consumption in our city, and we are therefore required to determine a location that considers and acknowledges the needs of all citizens in our city. The Government of Alberta has opted to not pursue either the Red Deer Regional Hospital site or mobile services as previously approved and preferred by City Council,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
Turning Point’s existing operations includes health programming and promotion, overdose prevention education services and community outreach. The newly approved site currently contains a vacant building. Renovations are needed before Turning Point can move and provide supervised consumption services, which is a space where persons may consume previously obtained substances in a medically supervised, hygienic environment.
“The topic of supervised consumption has been a polarizing issue in our community, and City Council will continue to petition the Province to look beyond harm reduction and develop an overall response to the drug and health crisis with a focus on a four-pillar approach: prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. The City expects Alberta Health Services to take on a direct role in responding to our community’s challenges, versus contracting this work out to multiple agencies with limited resources,” said Veer.
For more information about supervised consumption services, visit The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca.
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