Red Deer Minute: Report Card, Capstone Development, and Policing Plan Progress

Red Deer Minute: Report Card, Capstone Development, and Policing Plan Progress


Red Deer Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Red Deer politics


This Week In Red Deer:

  • On Wednesday, the Public Art Commission will meet. The agenda says the meeting takes place at 5:00 am, but we can’t imagine that actually being the case... Perhaps they meant 5:00 pm. The Commission will spend the entire meeting in a closed session discussing the proposals for the big art piece inside City Hall.

  • New traffic patterns are in effect at the intersection of 19th Street and 49th Avenue as work continues on the 19th Street Improvements Project. While that intersection is fully functioning, the intersections of 19th Street and 46th Avenue, and 19th Street and Sharpe Avenue, are still right-turn only.

  • On Sunday, Russel Peters will be bringing his Act Your Age World Tour comedy show to the Peavey Mart Centrium. The show begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Council received an update on the Annual Policing Plan, along with quarterly crime statistics from April - June. Red Deer will not see the establishment of new Police and Crisis Team (PACT) units, as Alberta Health Services will not be funding the additional psychiatric nurses necessary for the teams. Currently, there are two teams operating in the city, and the goal was to add two more teams. The RCMP said they would continue to work toward getting those extra nurses, but noted that 97% of Red Deer’s police officers have completed enhanced trauma training. Property crime decreased by 8% this quarter compared to the same quarter in 2022, but persons crimes (things like sexual assault, robberies, and uttering threats) increased by 13%.

  • Council also received a quarterly report card regarding progress made towards the City’s Strategic Plan. Highlights were numerous “activations” in areas like the Ross Street Patio, Capstone, City Hall Park, and Paradise Plaza, as well as the creation of a Downtown Community Association. The report also noted an increase in transit ridership of 84% over the same time last year, as well as more development in the Timberlands North area.

  • Council approved the sale of three parcels of land in Red Deer’s Capstone neighbourhood. The land parcels at 5436 47 Street are available for a reduced price of $250,000 per parcel and are designated for multi-family development. One lot has already been purchased by Sorrento Homes, and the development permit stage for their multi-residential building is already complete. Looks like something will finally be built in Capstone!




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