Bethany Care Didsbury development approved

Two-storey, 100-bed supported living facility on its way

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 06:00 am | By Madison Samuel-Barclay

The Municipal Planning Commission (MCP) has approved the development permit for the long-awaited Bethany Care Society Supported Living Facility.

The two-storey, 100-bed care facility has been in the works since 2010, and has now been given it’s official go-ahead as of he Mar. 14 MPC meeting.

The development application was submitted by BKDI Architects/Ross Roy, for the zoned R5 – Residential High Density land of 1201 15th Ave.

The site will feature main access off of 12th St., and delivery and unloading access on 15th Ave..

The surrounding neighbourhood was notified of the development application before its approval.

Of the 33 information packages mailed out to the area, only two responses were given: an email with regards to parking and overflow concerns, and a phone call regarding stormwater management.

The parking concern came about when looking at the main street the facility will be located on, which is narrow and may not have sufficient space for parking should there be overflow from the proposed lot and onto the street.

Administration responded to the inquiry but did not receive any further comment. The stormwater management question was also responded to be Administration, where it was advised that a stormwater management plan must be submitted and approved by the Town of Didsbury as a condition of approval, and the plan had indeed been submitted and reviewed by the town.

“We’re very excited that this is coming to Didsbury,” said Chief Administrative Officer Roy Brown. “We are very appreciative of the professionalism Bethany Health Care has shown in the report for approval, and for how smoothly things have been going.”

“This facility will grant those with elderly parents a place for them to get into in the community so they are still close to home,” Brown added. “It also brings in jobs, which is always positive, and adds to the tax bed.”

The official start of the facility’s construction has not been announced at this time.


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