Response From The City Of Red Deer

City Hall, Red Deer, Alberta

City Hall, Red Deer, Alberta

This morning I received a response from the City of Red Deer regarding the RV issue in the Waskasoo neighborhood in Red Deer, Alberta. Below is a purely copy and paste of the correspondence:

Hello Debra. Thank you for your email, pictures, and blog posts which all outline your concern about RVs being parked in the Memorial Centre parking lot. For your information, The City’s Land Use Bylaw was amended in 2005 to permit the temporary overnight parking (for up to two nights) of RVs at sites such as the Westerner, or churches and schools where events are being held. Council’s decision and the report outlining the rationale is attached.

3.23 Objects Prohibited or Restricted in Yards

(1) No person in lawful possession or control of a site shall allow or permit a trailer parked on such site to be used for living or sleeping accommodation except as follows:

(c) A self-container trailer parked in the parking lot of a church, school, recreation venue site, community centre or major hotel with conference/convention facilities providing:

(i) the occupant has obtained consent from the owner of the site and is attending a function or event in a facility on that site;

(ii) the owner of the site has obtained approval from the Development Authority;

(iii) overnight parking on the site does not exceed two consecutive nights unless approved by the Development Authority;

(iv) overnight parking on the site shall not exceed two occasions per calendar month unless approved by the Development Authority;

(v) no fees shall be charged for overnight parking;

(vi) the owner of the site will be responsible to ensure that all City of Red Deer Bylaws, including the Public Order Bylaw, are complied with.

It is our understanding that a Square Dancing event was held at the Lindsay Thurber School and the RV’s were in the school parking lot with spillover occurring at the Memorial Centre / Festival Hall.  The City was unaware of this event and approval from the development Officer was not sought so we will be following up with Lindsay Thurber and the Square Dance club to advise them of the requirements in case of any future events.

Additionally, while we do not notify the neighborhood for temporary uses such as this, in the future we will ask the Development Officer to add a condition to the approval that an event notice be posted by A-board sign on the site in advance of, and during, the event so the neighborhood is aware it is taking place.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Frieda McDougall | Manager Legislative Services The City of Red Deer

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