Small-lot homes heralded

A pilot project that allowed small-lot homes with front-attached double garages in Red Deer’s Lancaster/Vanier East subdivision is being hailed a success by city planners.

A pilot project that allowed small-lot homes with front-attached double garages in Red Deer’s Lancaster/Vanier East subdivision is being hailed a success by city planners. And they’re recommending that R1G lots be allowed elsewhere in the city.

Tony Lindhout and Dayna Nebozenko presented a report on the pilot project to Red Deer’s municipal planning commission this week. They also provided a review of R1N (narrow lot) development in the city.

City council authorized R1G lots three years ago.

The lots are required to have a frontage width of at least 10.5 metres and a depth of 30 or more metres, and to contain a single-family house with an attached double garage on the front.

The front yard setback has to be at least six metres.

Lindhout told the commission that 160 R1G lots were registered in Lancaster/Vanier East, with about 100 developed to date.

He said feedback from owners, homebuilders and the public has been positive, and that the lots result in denser development of residential land and another option for homebuyers.

Their reduced width means a cost saving of about $20,000 per lot, added Lindhout.

The city’s Planing Department is asking council to declare the R1G pilot project a success and to allow the lots elsewhere in Red Deer.

“This will allow the development industry, as they’re working through future neighbourhood area structure plans, to incorporate this new district within those plans,” said Lindhout.

Nebozenko discussed the R1N district review.

Adopted by the city in 1998, these lots and have been used in neighbourhoods throughout Red Deer, with about 1,400 developed as of last fall, said Nebozenko.

They have a minimum frontage width of 10.5 metres and a minimum depth of 36.6 metres.

A five-metre front-yard setback is required, no front driveways or garages are permitted, and two parking stalls must be provided at the rear of the property.

Consultation with owners, developers, builders and the public revealed general support for R1N housing, said Nebozenko. In addition to the benefits of denser development and the creation of another housing option for homebuyers, the lots promote safety and security by providing enhanced visibility of front streets, she added.

The Planning Department is proposing a number of amendments to the city’s land use bylaw with respect to its R1N and R1G districts.

These include allowing, as a discretionary use, home occupation businesses that generate additional traffic; reducing the front-yard setback for R1N lots to 4.5 metres; and adding criteria that encourage greater development of living space above the attached garages on R1G lots.

The commission, which is being asked to provide recommendations to city council, voted to table the Planning Department’s report until May 7.

Just Posted

People hurt in rollover near Red Deer

Occupants of a vehicle that rolled south of Hwy 11A were airlifted… Continue reading

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

Restaurant owner concerned about Gasoline Alley road changes

Nearly 20 trucks were lined up on the service road in front… Continue reading

Preliminary hearings set for two men charged in weapons and drugs bust

A Red Deer man and Sylvan Lake man are facing 80 charges

WATCH: Hypnotizing show at Westerner Days

Hynotist and mentalist Joshua Seth performs three times a day at Westerner Days

WWII hero’s lost Purple Heart returned to his family

NEW YORK — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to… Continue reading

California girl, 2, accidentally shot and killed by boy, 4

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and… Continue reading

A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, ‘We want beards’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails,… Continue reading

PHOTOS: River Town Saints rock Red Deer

River Town Saints play Westerner Days Friday in Red Deer

PHOTOS: Dogs, horses and more animals at Westerner Days

Westerner Park’s pavilions were filled with animals during Westerner Days

Red Deer residents can’t get enough mini-doughnuts

Mini-doughnuts were the biggest draw to Westerner Days according to a Red… Continue reading

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff vehicles were also involved in the collision

Divers hunt for 4 after Missouri duck boat sinks, killing 13

BRANSON, Mo. — Divers are searching Friday for four people still missing… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month