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Council amends Land Use Bylaw to support businesses

May 10, 2021 6:30 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City Council made multiple Land Use Bylaw amendments today to cut back on red tape and offer additional opportunities for local businesses.

An amended site exception under the Land Use Bylaw will allow Drummond Brewery to explore adding an outdoor patio at their brewery at 6610 71 Street in the Golden West Industrial Area.

“Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges right now,” said Tara Lodewyk, Development and Protective Services General Manager. “Adjusting and updating our bylaws to respond to the current situation is critical as we work to support business sustainability, growth and economic development in Red Deer. We want to do everything we can to support businesses and citizens in our city as they continued to navigate the impacts of the pandemic.”

The site exception will allow Drummond Brewery to apply for a patio development permit on site. The brewery indicates the patio will be located at the front of their business, facing 71 Street, not facing the nearby residential area.

“Drummond Brewery was the first brewery set up in an industrial area in Red Deer,” said Emily Damberger, City Planning and Growth Manager. “We have had a positive experience with breweries operating in industrial areas, and we are happy to support Drummond Brewery as they look to expand with the inclusion of an outdoor patio on site.”

In addition to the site exception for Drummond Brewery, Council also approved a Land Use Bylaw amendment to give day care providers more flexibility in selecting locations for their business.

Brought forward by an existing child care provider, the amendment will allow day care providers to select sites within 300 metres of existing cannabis retail locations. The existing bylaw did not allow cannabis retail locations within 300 metres of daycare facilities; however, this amendment will enable child care facility operators the choice to set up shop within that boundary of an existing cannabis retailer, resulting in a broader selection of available sites.

Administration are currently working on a larger review of the Land Use Bylaw with a goal to reduce unnecessary regulations and increase flexibility and adaptability. A revised bylaw is expected to come before Council in 2022.

Additional information about the Land Use Bylaw review is available on The City’s website at


For more information, please contact:

Corporate Communications
The City of Red Deer

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