New church location given city’s blessing

HUMBOLDT — A property on 2nd Street north of Futuristic Industries has been approved for a new church.

Council voted to grant a discretionary use application for the site to the Harvest International Christian Church of Canada at its Feb. 11 meeting.

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“There’s a few more things that they have to do, but at least they can move along the process now with the understanding that the location itself has been approved for a church,” said Joe Day, Humboldt’s administrator.

Three people gave the city feedback in writing and on the telephone before the meeting.  Futuristic Industries expressed its support for the church, Prairie Diesel was concerned about drainage and having churchgoers intrude on its parking lot, while a neighbour was concerned about parking and increased traffic.

Many of the concerns will be addressed by the next step of the process for Harvest International.

“They’ll apply for a development permit, which will outline all of their site plan, showing access, egress, parking lot locations, drainage and that sort of thing,” Day said, adding all that and a building plan will have to be submitted to the city.

The administrator said he’s also talked to Anthony Andre, the city’s planning co-ordinator about telling to church to make sure it’s clear where property lines begin and end.

Council also voted for a bylaw change that reduces the parking requirement at a church from three parking spots per every 10 seats to one spot

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