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Building permit values drop in October

Building permit values were down in October, despite an increase in the total number of permits issued.

106 permits were issued in October with a combined value of just under $6.7 million, compared to 101 permits issued in October 2018, worth a combined $33.5 million. Year-to-date totals are nearly half the value as during the same period last year. January – October 2019 has seen $103.2 million in permits issued, compared to $199.2 million during the same period in 2018.

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New schools coming to Red Deer and Blackfalds

Red Deer and Blackfalds should be getting new schools in the not too distant future.

The Government of Alberta announced Friday that it is providing $397 million for 25 school projects in Budget 2019. That includes “design funding” for a 9-12 high school for Wolf Creek Public Schools in Blackfalds, and a 6-9 middle school for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools in Red Deer.

A Ministry of Infrastructure spokesperson says those designated for design funding would be included in future budgets […]

City looking to make development more attractive through off-site levies

The City of Red Deer is making life easier for developers by reducing the average rate of off-site levies.

An off-site levy is collected from a developer in order to pay for water, sanitary, storm and road infrastructure.

Currently, the same fee of $237,000 per hectare applies to any development, regardless of where it is in the city. Should city council pass second and third readings on November 25, it will separate the city into 19 areas with different rates.

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Maintenance themed capital budget and plan released

Administration has handed over a proposed $180 million capital budget and $1.2 billion capital plan for Council consideration. Throughout the 2020 Capital Budget and 2021-2029 capital plan development, administration worked on balancing community needs, current infrastructure and the economy.

“The focus of our Capital Budget and capital plan is to ensure the continuation of quality, effective services for our residents that are financially sustainable and affordable,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “The City has substantial investment in municipal infrastructure and […]

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

The president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association says the industry has proven that wind can compete on price with other sources of electrical power but now it must prove it can be just as reliable.

Addressing the opening session of the 35th CanWEA annual wind energy conference and exhibition in Calgary, Robert Hornung said that is why next year’s conference will switch to a new format in which wind, solar, storage and other renewable technologies will get equal billing.

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Blackfalds plans $5-million deal to buy buildings for new public works and parks facilities

When the Town of Blackfalds was first approached to buy a former trucking company site to convert into a municipal facility, the offer was $8.3 million for eight acres and three buildings. That price tag was a little high, so the town held off — a strategy that has paid dividends. A deal will soon be closed to spend $5 million to buy the trucking firm’s three buildings and 10 acres to bring the town’s public works and parks […]

Building permit values drop in September

Building permit values dropped in all four categories in September, despite an increase in total number of permits issued.

94 permits were issued in September 2019 with a combined value of just over $11.3 million, compared to 92 permits issued in September 2018, valued at $33.7 million. Year-to-date totals are nearly $70 million less than during the first nine months of 2019.

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MPC approves six-story addition adjacent to Points West Living

Red Deer’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) has given the green light for a new addition to an existing senior’s home on the west side.

A development permit was granted Tuesday for a six-story, 150 unit assisted living facility adjacent to Points West Living on Taylor Drive, north of 67 Street.

The new facility will be connected to the north side of the current Points West Living building completed in 2016 and contain commercial uses, as a minimum, on the ground floor, […]

Detailed designs being finalized for Blackfalds Multi-Plex expansion

Officials with the Town of Blackfalds say the community’s Multi-Plex expansion project remains on track and on budget.

On Monday, council approved the latest expansion project designs and directed administration to assist ACI Architects in finalizing detailed designs for the roughly $12.4 million project.

According to officials, $12 million is currently set aside in the Town’s 10 Year Capital Plan for a twinning of the existing arena, with another $4 million set aside for a new library to be included in […]