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Taking control: town council looks at developing lots

Taking control: town council looks at developing lots
The last official community plan included different uses for the area — retail, office, residential, public and institutional development.
The last official community plan included different uses for the area — retail, office, residential, public and institutional development.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Pincher Creek town council has begun the process to acquire four lots in the 600 block of Main and Charlotte streets that could eventually provide much-needed housing to the community. A public hearing on the matter is slated for Jan. 22.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Pincher Creek town council has begun the process to acquire four lots in the 600 block of Main and Charlotte streets that could eventually provide much-needed housing to the community. A public hearing on the matter is slated for Jan. 22.

Taking control: town council looks at developing lots

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
January 20, 2024
January 20, 2024

Pincher Creek council has given first reading to a plan that would see the town take possession of four sections of property on the west edge of the downtown core.

In official terms, two of the lots would need to be redesignated from transitional commercial to direct control, and two from downtown/retail commercial to direct control, to allow the town to move forward on any potential development.

The properties include 655 and 659 Main St. (the latter, the old RCMP building) and 656 Charlotte St., directly across from the fire hall.

“At the Feb. 13, 2023, regular council meeting, direction was given to administration to proceed with demolition of the old RCMP building,” said a Jan. 8 report by legislative service manager Lisa Goss. 

“On June 7, 2023, the motion was rescinded, so that prospective developers would be able to view the property from the perspective of being able to submit proposals for purchase and renovation of the building, in a manner which may suit the town’s needs.”

One of those needs, and the leading consideration, is affordable housing.

The last official community plan, developed in 1993, contained several different uses for the area — retail, office, residential, public and institutional development.

For the plan to move forward, it must go to a public hearing, where residents and nearby businesses can have their say. That’s scheduled for Jan. 22, with the second and third (final) readings set for the Feb. 26 council meeting.

 

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Pincher Creek council has given first reading to a plan that would see the town take possession of four sections of property on the west edge of the downtown core.

In official terms, two of the lots would need to be redesignated from transitional commercial to direct control, and two from downtown/retail commercial to direct control, to allow the town to move forward on any potential development.

The properties include 655 and 659 Main St. (the latter, the old RCMP building) and 656 Charlotte St., directly across from the fire hall.

“At the Feb. 13, 2023, regular council meeting, direction was given to administration to proceed with demolition of the old RCMP building,” said a Jan. 8 report by legislative service manager Lisa Goss. 

“On June 7, 2023, the motion was rescinded, so that prospective developers would be able to view the property from the perspective of being able to submit proposals for purchase and renovation of the building, in a manner which may suit the town’s needs.”

One of those needs, and the leading consideration, is affordable housing.

The last official community plan, developed in 1993, contained several different uses for the area — retail, office, residential, public and institutional development.

For the plan to move forward, it must go to a public hearing, where residents and nearby businesses can have their say. That’s scheduled for Jan. 22, with the second and third (final) readings set for the Feb. 26 council meeting.

 

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