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Old RCMP detachment to become duplex

Former RCMP detachment

The former Fort Macleod RCMP detachment will have new life as a duplex.
Fort Macleod Municipal Planning Commission on July 16 approved a development application from owner Gretta Hofmeister.
The MPC’s approval came with the condition Hofmeister provide a floor plan to Town of Fort Macleod development officer Rhonda Day.
With construction of a new detachment on Eighth Avenue, the building at 562 21st Street became surplus to the RCMP.
Town council agreed to change the property’s zoning to residential, from public, to allow the building to be used as a residence.
Hofmeister then applied for MPC approval to turn the building into a duplex.
A duplex is considered a discretionary use in an area zoned R1 residential.
“We haven’t had any comments from the neighbours,” Day said of the application. “No concerns at all.”
The plan is to create a 1,360 sq. ft. unit on the west side of the building, and a 1,500 sq. ft. unit on the east side. Both will be two-storey units.
In her written report to the MPC, Day noted the proposal meets all the Town of Fort Macleod land use by-law regulations except the rear yard setback.
A 1.57-meter variance waiver for the rear yard setback was part of the development application.
Day told the MPC the duplex has six off-street parking stalls, including two inside the 595 sq. ft. garage and four in front of the garage.
The Town of Fort Macleod only required four off-street parking stalls.
Day said she is comfortable with the plan, but first wanted to see a floor plan.
Day told the MPC they could table the application until a floor plan is submitted, or approve it pending submission of a floor plan.
“If our development officer and the building inspector are working on it, we could move it forward,” said Brian Reach, who chaired the July 11 meeting in the absence of chairman James Coast.
The MPC voted to approve the development application with the condition a floor plan be submitted.
The MPC also granted the rear yard setback waiver.

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