Lacombe plans for future housing

Henner Heights will be developed on north edge of city near Burman University.

A unique seniors village is proposed for a new neighbourhood on the north edge of Lacombe.

When fully built out, more than 600 seniors may find a home in the village, which would have duplexes and semi-detached homes, apartments, assisted living units and a full-care facility. Shops and services aimed at seniors, such as bistros, hair salons, drug store, medical offices and bank are envisioned for the village on 22 acres next to Henner’s Pond.

The need for smaller homes and apartment and condo-style buildings for seniors was highlighted in a 2013 housing analysis prepared for Lacombe.

The village is included in the Henner’s Heights outline plan, which was given city council’s stamp of approval recently.

“The Henner Heights Outline Plan will provide future residents with a diverse range of housing choices that meet the needs of all income levels and life stages,” said Mayor Steve Christie, adding the neighbourhood has been designed as walkable with accessible green spaces.

For several years, the city and Burman University, which is on the west side of the plan area, have been working on the plan.

“The Henner Heights Outline Plan has been crafted to ensure that development within the immediate vicinity of the Burman University campus is compatible with our future vision,” says university president Mark Haynal.

Henner’s Heights could eventually become the site of 1,200 housing units, ranging from single-family homes to apartment complexes.

To ensure Henner’s Pond remains accessible to all residents, the number of homes backing on to it was deliberately limited. A road runs along the north side of the pond, which is protected by a buffer of green space.

Before any of the land can be subdivided for development a servicing study must be completed.

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