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Indoor kids amusement park seeks child care facility designation from Council

Last Updated Oct 10, 2020 at 3:38 pm MDT

PHOTO. Supplied by Fort City Play World and Cafe/Facebook.

Indoor children’s amusement park and cafe, Fort City Play World applied for a site-specific text amendment to the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

Currently known as a commercial recreational facility, it desires to add ‘child care facility’ to its designation.

Based in Gregoire, Fort City Play World resides in the Mackenzie Industrial Park area on 235 MacAlpine Cres.

Known officially as a Business Industrial District (BI), it does not currently allow for child care facilities.

The matter comes before RMWB Council on Oct. 13, 2020.

Land Use Bylaw

RMWB Planning and Development supports Play World’s proposal.

“The facility offers birthday parties, themed nights and an opportunity for indoor play year-round. The addition of a Child Care Facility will expand the available services by adding a daycare and before-and-afterschool programs.”

The administration said the new designation will not impact the BI of nearby businesses.

It added there were no objections from Alberta Health Services or other municipal departments such as Regional Emergency Services

While they could not schedule an open house due to COVID-19, Play World issued 33 letters to area businesses.

They collected 11 that all expressed their support for the change.

“Expanding the business will aid in its overall success and serve the population south of Fort McMurray. The MacKenzie Industrial Park, including 235 MacAlpine Crescent, is proposed to transition to a Medium Industrial District within the new Land Use Bylaw.”

Planning and Development also sent additional letters to businesses as many as 90 meters away from Play World and received no objections.

This motion calling for an amendment to the LUB comes before RMWB Council on Oct. 13, 2020, at 4 p.m.

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