Council for the Rural Municipality of Hanover has approved a request for a variance from Steinbach Youth for Christ (YFC).

YFC is in the process of purchasing a lot in the community of Blumenort to establish a new youth drop-in centre. The centre will be located at the south end of town along the newly developed Friesen Drive.

According to Hanover Administration, their zoning bylaw requires 33 parking spaces based on the building's square footage. YFC requested that number be reduced to 13 due to the nature of their operations. 

At Wednesday's council meeting, YFC Executive Director Rueben Singh told council that they would certainly not require 33 parking spaces as it is volunteers that will mostly be using those spots. He notes youth are primarily either dropped off or arrive by walking or biking. Using their experience at Backstage in Steinbach, they believe that 13 spaces will adequately address their needs.

"Council approved the fewer parking spots," says Hanover Reeve Stan Toews. 

The approval was also supported by Hanover's Administration.

Toews notes there is ample room on that lot, should the need ever arise for additional parking spots to be developed in the future.