City council votes to suspend applicable municipal bylaws to allow homeless shelter to open

City Council in Fredericton has voted to suspend applicable municipal bylaws to allow an Out of the Cold (OOTC) Shelter to open.

In a statement on Friday, the city says this will allow the shelter at Bishops Court on Brunswick Street to operate, for a maximum of 20 occupants, until December 13th.

The decision is subject to the indemnification, or transfer of risk, of council by the provincial government.

The city says this will allow the shelter to open and allow the Planning Advisory Committee process for a temporary use variance to proceed.

On Thursday, the Community Action Group on Homelessness said they were given certain assurances of the regulatory needs of opening a temporary shelter, but the city failed to take the action needed for the project to move ahead.

At that time, the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton said the opening of the temporary shelter was to be postponed until the regulatory matters were resolved.