Business briefs – May 26

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has approved the subdivision of an acreage in the southeast corner of Vanier Woods, where medium-density housing is planned for the future.

Subdivision approved in Vanier

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has approved the subdivision of an acreage in the southeast corner of Vanier Woods, where medium-density housing is planned for the future.

The land, which is within the Vanier Woods Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan, currently consists of 3.36 acres with a home on it.

On Monday, the commission authorized the creation of a medium-density residential parcel and a municipal reserve parcel.

A year ago, the owners of the property sought to change its zoning to allow for multi-family development. Municipal planning commission recommended to city council at that time that it change the Vanier Woods Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan to accommodate this change, prompting nearby landowners to complain about the possibility a multi-storey building could rise up near their homes.

The commission was told on Monday that the land was recently rezoned for multiple family residential and parks and recreation development.

The commission was also told that access to the area will be from Hwy 595 to the south until the residential area is developed, at which time access will change to an internal local road.

Queens moving ahead

Queens Business Park continues to take shape, with Red Deer’s municipal planning commission on Monday approving the subdivision of the second part of Phase 1 of the development.

The 90 acres of city-owned land is located immediately south of Hwy 11A, and west of Hwy 2. The subdivision will create 25 industrial lots and three commercial lots, as well as a public utility lot and two remainders. It is currently being used for agricultural purposes, but falls within the Queens Business Park Industrial Area Structure Plan.

The area is part of the land that was recently annexed by the City of Red Deer from Red Deer County.

Fuel tanks allowed

Bettenson’s Sand and Gravel Co. has received approval to install three above-ground fuel tanks in Red Deer at 7774 47th Ave. Cl.

On Monday, the city’s municipal planning commission voted to allow the tanks as a discretionary use.

Members of the commission heard that Bettenson’s plans to use the tanks for its own operations, with the containers to hold diesel fuel, gasoline and waste oil.

They were told that the tanks will have a double-wall design and a gauge to indicate if the inner vessel develops a leak.

Other, similar tanks exist in the same industrial area.

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