County residential subdivision approved

Three lots in Herder subdivision to be turned into nine

A proposal to turn three lots into nine in a rural subdivision east of Red Deer can go ahead.

Red Deer County’s municipal planning commission narrowly conditionally approved by a 3-2 vote the application in the Herder subdivision off Hwy 11 about two km east of Red Deer.

Coun. Jean Bota was among those with reservations about adding more residents into the area during Tuesday’s meeting.

“I have several times seen near misses at that intersection,” she said, referring to the Hwy 11 intersection.

Bota also questioned whether the county should be approving the carving up subdivisions into ever-smaller lots.

Herder resident Rhonda Claerhout wanted assurances that the water supply for existing homes would not be affected by adding nine more properties.

“That’s a major issue in the area,” she told the commission.

County staff said that the developer will be required to provide proof that water supply and septic systems are adequate for nine residences before the development can go ahead.

Another resident was concerned the new development could affect drainage in the neighbourhood.

Coun. Philip Massier noted the county’s conditions for the project to proceed were “quite stringent.

“I do feel there are great conditions to cover off our concerns.”

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