Red Deer MPC OK’s plan for industrial park
Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has given a thumbs-up to a proposed industrial area structure plan for a quarter section in Queens Industrial Park.
The commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend to city council that it approve the draft Queens Business Park SE 36 Industrial Area Structure Plan. That plan would cover 160.6 acres on the west side of Hwy 2 and 0.8 km south of Hwy 11A, and which is part of the land annexed by the city from Red Deer County in November 2007.
Currently, a large part of the area is being farmed, with Allan Dale Trailers and RVs operating along Hwy 2.
The Queens Business Park SE 36 Industrial Area Structure Plan would designate much of the area for light industrial development. The land along Hwy 2 would be zoned direct control and earmarked for vehicle and machinery dealerships.
The north end of the quarter section would be developed first, said Orlando Toews, a senior planner with the city. The next phase would cover the land along Hwy 2, with development of the remainder of the parcel to follow that.
The land north of the plan area is already being developed by the city.
Toews told the commission that the plan would facilitate economic development, create new industrial land and improve access to existing businesses to the south.
Peter Holloway, a citizen representative on the commission, expressed concerns about businesses backing onto Hwy 2 storing material that might detract from the view from the busy highway.
But Toews pointed out that this area would be subject to higher development standards because it’s within the major entry area covered by the city’s land use bylaw.
He added that the dealerships expected to locate in this area would want to enhance their highway appeal.
Area structure plans provide the framework for rezoning, subdivision and development of the lands they cover