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Council Approves Bethel Campus, Names Schreder As Mayor

A re-organized Redding Council chose Kristen Schreder as the mayor for the next year and one of the first acts under her leadership was the approval of a new 39 acre campus for Bethel Church. The project was approved by the planning commission in September, but questions about traffic, housing and water remained. Twenty one appeals were made to the city council which addressed each issue and reaffirmed the planning commissions decision by a unanimous vote with Julie Winter recusing herself because she is an influential member of the church. Schreder told the council that she felt that each issue had been addressed and praised the planning commission. Many neighbors say they will still be concerned about traffic when over 3,000 students begin classes at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, which currently operates at the Redding Civic Auditorium. The project is set to have 2 buildings, 1850 parking spaces, a cafe, and a bookstore. Over 1000 trees will be planted and Bethel will make over $10 Million in traffic upgrades on adjacent streets. In another move, the council voted to move the public comment period to the beginning of the meetings where it had been until two years ago when it was moved to the end of the meeting.