Red Deer Minute: Strategic Plan, Budget Feedback, and Michener Centre Land

Red Deer Minute: Strategic Plan, Budget Feedback, and Michener Centre Land


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • There will be a meeting of the Audit Committee on Wednesday. No time or agenda is available yet. This will be the only meeting of Council this week, before budget discussions begin next week (more below).

  • Residential snow clearing begins today. After last week’s heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, the City has finally finished clearing main arterial routes. Residents are being asked to watch for no-parking signs and to sign up for Snow Zone notices.

  • Budget deliberations begin on November 28th, but residents have a chance to offer their feedback before the discussions begin. The budgets and plans can be viewed online, and an online comment form is available until November 18th. It’s a great time to tell City Hall you don’t agree with their planned property tax increase!


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Council unanimously approved the 2023-2026 strategic plan. For the first time, the strategic plan contains an actual framework for measuring outcomes. The City has identified three key focus areas for the Strategic Plan: Thriving City, Community Health & Wellbeing, and Connected & Engaged City. These focus areas contain aspirational goals and outcomes to achieve by 2026. More information about the plan is available on the City’s website.

  • Central Alberta’s drug treatment court celebrated its first anniversary. An alternative for people who struggle with addiction, drug courts are intended to divert people away from the prison system if they are highly motivated to change their lives. Nine people have enrolled in the two-year program since last January, and there are plans to expand to 15 people by the middle of next year.

  • City planners have determined that former Michener Centre land will become part of the Waskasoo Parks system. Debris removal from the demolition of buildings on the site should be completed this winter, after which a public engagement survey will be developed early in 2023 to assess how Red Deerians want to see the land used. A corner of the land, near 30th Avenue, has already been slated to become an aquatic centre at some undefined time in the future, while other suggestions have included turning J.J. Gaetz House into an interpretive centre for urban gardening and beekeeping. The City’s purchase of this land from the Province has not yet been finalized, and no price has been revealed yet.




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