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Care home workers, residents and their loved ones are planning to protest in a new Weyburn, Sask. subdivision where a proposal for a new group care home for people with disabilities was rejected on Monday. (CBC) City councillors in Weyburn, Sask. have voted to reject the construction of a group home for people with disabilities in a new subdivision, citing safety concerns and a potential impact on property prices.

Councillor Brad Wheeler, who said he lives in the neighbourhood, was among those who voted against the proposal. ‘It will probably impede the development’

"It kind of dashes the dreams and hopes of the people that live there currently. It will probably impede the development of that immediate area going forward," said Wheeler.

"I know it’s not politically correct to say there’s a stigma attached to them but there is. You have to be honest with yourself.

"I feel bad that that’s the case but these people have invested a lot of money into their dream homes, their retirement homes."

Under the proposal, the housing corporation planned to build the home for people with mental and physical disabilities.

It would then be operated under 24-hour supervision by Weyburn Group Home Society, which runs seven other group homes in Weyburn.

City planner Amanda Kauffman recommended that councillors approve the development, but the motion was voted down.

Wheeler said people who built in The Creeks subdivision might not have if they knew there was a proposal to build a group care home.

"There were architectural controls and most of them built their lifetime homes or moved into their retirement homes there. Residents of subdivision oppose home in group letter

"I think the average price of the houses in that area would probably be north of $700,000, which isn’t really relevant, but when they made their plans there was no discussion of group homes in the area."

A letter signed by "Residents of The Creeks subdivision" was sent to the mayor and councillors in response to a callout for feedback — part of the process for approving discretionary use developments.

"The Notice is not specific regarding factors considered for approval by the Ministry of Social Services or what is meant by 24-hour supervision."

They also raised concerns about there being more traffic in the area.

Councillors Wheeler, Winston Bailey and Jeff Chessall, along with Mayor Marcel Roy, each voted against the proposal at a Monday council meeting.

CBC has contacted the other councillors and mayor for comment.Councillor Dick Michel put forward a motion to delay the decision and ask for more information from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation but it was defeated. Protest planned Wednesday Niki Woycik, who manages several of the society’s existing group homes in Weyburn, said care home workers, residents and their family members are planning to walk through The Creeks subdivision with placards on Wednesday.She said the Weyburn Group Home Society needs another home because it currently supports 52 people and it has reached its capacity."I think people need to get up to date on people with disabilities," said Woycik. "There’s nothing to be concerned about, they’re just like every one of us." "What would they do if they had a family member with a disability? How would they feel if they found out a family member couldn’t move into a community because people wouldn’t want them there?"Woycik said the group homes allow people to live independently with support from the society, which also helps them to get jobs.She said the society has never had any neighbour complaints about its existing group homes. Rejection will lengthen wait list for group homes Weyburn people with disabilities will have to go on a wait list […]

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