The city of North Battleford will give local residents a chance to air concerns about proposed projects in Riverview at an open house meeting on Tuesday, March 21.
The city had been looking at two projects for the neighbourhood - a tavern/brewery at 702-102nd St. and a new eight unit apartment development at 691-103rd St.
At council's last meeting several residents spoke out at a public hearing for the proposed tavern and brewery saying they were concerned the site might have a negative impact on the neighbourhood, cause congested parking, increase crime and decrease property values. One resident said she wasn't concerned about the brewery coming to the neighborhood but didn't want a tavern close to where she lives. The proposed business would be located at the site of the former armoury.
For the apartment development proposal, the city received a signed petition and letters from residents objecting to the project, also saying they were worried the project would decrease property values.
The city has invited the developers of both the tavern/brewery and the apartment project to participate in the upcoming meeting with the residents.
City Manager Jim Puffalt said he hopes the open house will be an opportunity for residents to hear from the project developers who may be able to offer more details about the proposals.
"That's part of the full public meeting process," he said. "Sometimes there is a way these things can be worked out."
The city planning department will also participate in the meeting.
Planner Devin MacAulay said the meeting will be informal. City administration also will be able to answer residents’ questions about the projects.
The public meeting will be held at the Don Ross Centre, Room 102, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
City staff will report to council at the next council meeting any feedback they receive from the open house dialogue.
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