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The proposal to rezone the land where the new fire hall will be built has drawn criticism from a member of the public.

At Monday’s public hearing during the council meeting, Margaret Fenton spoke against the proposal. She said her main reason for not wanting the Fire Hall in that area is because her dog is sensitive to sirens and howls whenever it hears them.

Before purchasing a nearby property, she said she checked the zoning of the land. She added that she only received notice of the potential rezoning 10 days ago.

Councillor Don Irwin said the city had been considering building a new Fire Hall for some time and asked Fenton if she had checked with the city prior to purchasing her property. Fenton said she had checked the online city zoning map.

The construction of the new fire hall is planned on 93rd Avenue behind Sobeys.

The city wants to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw to build the new Fire Hall in that area.

The land is currently zoned as general commercial (C4) and would have to be re-zoned as public and institutional (P2) before the Hall can be built.

The amendments to the two bylaws will be subject to a third reading which will take place next council meeting.

The land where construction of the new Fire Hall is proposed was purchased for over $1 million and the project is expected to cost around $10.5 million.

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