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Community care facility gets initial go-ahead

A site rending provided by the applicant shows the proposed layout of a community care facility for Clearwater. The building would be located where the Bearview shopping centre was proposed earlier.  - District of Clearwater
A site rending provided by the applicant shows the proposed layout of a community care facility for Clearwater. The building would be located where the Bearview shopping centre was proposed earlier.
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During a meeting held Tuesday afternoon at Clearwater Secondary School, Clearwater town council gave first and second readings to proposed zoning and official community plan amendments that would allow construction of a community care and/or complex care facility next to Highway 5 east of the roundabout.

The property’s owner, Ron Rotzetter, spent several years fruitlessly trying to get the land rezoned to allow development of a shopping centre.

His new proposal, however, got initial approval from council with little debate.

According to a report to council from staff, Rotzetter indicates the primary purpose of the development would be to provide assisted living, seniors housing and exteneded care facilities.

The proposed building would be on one level with a basement, a garden area, covered parking, storage facility and sidewalks. Access would be from Woreby Road.

The initial project would have 35 units with another 10 potentially added at a later date.

A public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw amendment will likely be held in early June.

Third reading likely will be done during the town council meeting scheduled for July 20, with final adoption on July 11.

Below: Map shows the location of a proposed community care faciltiy to be constructed next to Highway 5. The proposed Emerald Village housing project for seniors would be located immediately to the south.

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