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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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City Council asked to consider open-option parking in Lethbridge

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A Lethbridge businesses owner wants the City to get rid of minimum parking requirements (MPR).

Ketli Baird, who co-owns Theoretically Brewing, came before City Council this week to ask for the change.

She would like to see current land-use bylaws amended to allow for what’s known as open-option parking instead.

“Open-option was recently adopted in Edmonton and it essentially abolishes the requirements for municipalities to control how much parking is made available at a local business or development,” Baird told Council.

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Baird says an open-option model would let business owners decide how much parking they need, not the City making that determination, which right now, is based on a specific formula.

Baird told Councillors that local business owners have expressed frustration that planned expansions (to their businesses) are inaccessible to them due to these current “antiquated” parking regulations. She says this essentially creates an unequal balance between parking demand and the availability of parking spaces.

City Council is expected to revisit the issue at a future date.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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