Animal Shelter approved


Neepawa Town Council - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

By Eoin Devreux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Cats TNR Rescue has received approval for an animal shelter.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Neepawa Town Council reviewed a conditional use request to allow 30 Gill Drive as a location to temporary keep and monitor the animals, until they can be found suitable homes. It will focus on housing stray cats, as the numbers of this variety of animal have grown tremendously over the past few years. The cats that will be kept there are already fixed and dewormed. They will be looked after by a group of volunteers. It’s estimated there are nearly 70 cats currently in rescue or at local foster homes that are in need of permanent homes, which is the reason for the additional space request.

Zoning review

One of the most substantial reviews of Neepawa’s zoning bylaws in recent memory is currently underway. According to town administration, the document has not had any major alterations made to it since the 1980s and is due for an update in order to better reflect the needs of the community.

Over the past several months, attention has been given to establishing the new zoning bylaws for the Town of Neepawa. The first reading of this document occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and was approved. But before it can progress any further, an open house must be held to allow the public the chance to review the details. WSP Consultants, who have been working with the Town to review the bylaws will host the open house on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Town of Neepawa boardroom. People are invited to attend to ask questions and review the materials, which will be on display.

Cannabis store location verification

Council has received a suggestion on the potential location for a cannabis store in Neepawa. The Ministry of Growth, Enterprise and Trade for the Province examined the request, which brought forward by National Access Cannabis (NAC). NAC has expressed interest in coming to Neepawa, but before they could proceed, they had to contact Growth, Enterprise and Trade for approval. The province has reviewed the request, as well as the availablety of a suitable location in the community. It has stated that 11 Main Street is the location that best meets all mandated requirements. If council desires it can suggest additional criteria for that location.


A Neepawa Council election candidates forum has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the ArtsForward building running between 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.