The arts community will soon be able to use Trinity Lutheran Church as a venue after Lacombe city council passed a bylaw rezoning the site from Residential Detached (R1) to Community Services (CS) on Monday.

Three neighbours opposed the rezoning during the public hearing, saying that finding adequate parking space would be a problem. However, most of the feedback, both oral and written, was favourable.

“We knew all along that there was tremendous support within the community but to actually have them put it in writing and give us something to take to council was exceptional,” said Grant Harder, president of the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation, a non-profit that has partnered with the church in hopes of using the building as a temporary performance space.

For Harder and the arts community, the 150-seat church sanctuary fills a dearth of performance space in the community.

Logistics of how the facility would be operated, like bookings and rentals, still have to be ironed out, he said.

“We’re going to finish off some details with the Lutheran church and start doing some planning. Look forward to doing some programming, see what available shows we can bring in, see what kind of entertainment we can bring to Lacombe,” he said.

Ed Koberstein, chair of Trinity Lutheran Church, also attended the meeting.

He said the partnership with the foundation started last August, wanting to open the church to a non-profit.

The church was zoned R1 under the previous Land Use Bylaw and needed a CS designation in order to have “theatre and entertainment services” as a discretionary use, or “community, culture and recreation facility” as a permitted use.

Long term, the foundation’s vision is to build a 550-capacity cultural building near Cranna Lake.

More Local News

Bigger building to make a bigger difference for child advocacy

The Central Alberta Children’s Advocacy Centre is expanding by a very large margin, their current 1400 sq. ft location will be expanding to 10,000 sq. ft. They have been awarded a 50-year lease to…

Red Deer County council approves 2019 budget

At the December 4th, 2018 council meeting, Red Deer County approved their 2019-2021 operating budget and their 2019-2023 capital budgets. Mayor of Red Deer County Jim Wood says most of their costs…

Arrest in Penhold after altercation with RCMP

From Innisfail RCMP: On December 7, 2018, at approximately 730 am, a lone Innisfail RCMP member observed a vehicle parked at the Esso gas station in Penhold, Alta. Police observed a vehicle parked at…

CP Holiday Train rolling through central Alberta this weekend

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is celebrating its 20th year and you're invited! It left Montreal on November 27th and arrives in Central Alberta this Sunday, December 10th. First stop after…

UPDATE: Located. 15-year-old missing from Rocky Mountain House

From Rocky Mountain House RCMP: December 10th, 2018: UPDATE: Located. The Rocky Mountain House RCMP can confirm that missing Katarina Cardinal has been located. The RCMP thank the public and media…

Lacombe police investigating armed robbery at Circle K

From Lacombe Police: The Lacombe Police Service continue to investigate an armed robbery which occurred in the early morning hours of December 4th. On December 4th, 2018 at approximately 2:23 AM,…

Twinkle Tours take to skies over Lacombe for 4th straight year

It's that time of year again, where you have a chance to take a unique view of Central Alberta, courtesy of the Lacombe Flying Club's 4th annual Twinkle Tours event. The annual tours, which support…

21-year-old man missing from Ponoka

From Ponoka RCMP: The Ponoka RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating 21 year old Alexis Littlechild. Littlechild was last seen in the area of the Centennial Centre in Ponoka on November…

RCMP lay 57 charges on one male

From Innisfail RCMP: On December 4th, 2018 at approximately 1145 am Innisfail RCMP received a complaint of a male highly intoxicated at the Super 8 motel in Innisfail Alberta. RCMP arrived a found a…

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra looking for sympathy from council

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, a community-oriented professional performing arts organization, made a request through the city's Recreation and Culture Department for a standard operating budget of… is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide