Bylaw amendments made to include supervised consumption site

By Ashley Wiebe
January 10, 2019 - 4:17pm Updated: January 10, 2019 - 7:19pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Members of the municipal planning commission met this week to amend a bylaw to include supervised consumption sites.

Amendments to the bylaw would give city staff guidelines on how to move forwards when an application is made.

HIV Community Link has put forward an application for a site here in the city but a location has yet to be decided.

General manager with planning and development services, Kent Snyder, said the amendments will still need to be approved by council and changes can still be made.

“These rules may give us the ability to make small changes or add conditions, consider some community input,” he said. “In reality, this is a federal jurisdiction and so we have very limited ability to do much with it.”

According to Health Canada, an application for a supervised consumption site was submitted by HIV Community Link and was received on June 25th, 2018.

Before the site can be approved, the group will need to provide more information, including a location and a consultation report showing community feedback.

Council will also need to approve the proposed amendments and a public hearing will also be scheduled.

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