Car dealers along Hwy 2?

City of Red Deer planners are suggesting land-use changes to allow vehicle dealerships to front the west side of Hwy 2 because there appears to be some demand for it.

City of Red Deer planners are suggesting land-use changes to allow vehicle dealerships to front the west side of Hwy 2 because there appears to be some demand for it.

Dealerships may crop up on land on the northwest corner of Red Deer if amendments are made to the West QE2 Major Area Structure Plan and the related Queens Business Park Industrial Area Structure Plan.

At the time, the major area structure plan — a broad plan that gives information on major transportation routes, general land uses and natural areas — was approved, there was some discussion on allowing special commercial areas.

“In particular, it was suggested that parcels with frontage along the QEII Highway, given visibility and large parcel size, would be suitable for vehicle sales dealerships,” says a report that will go forward to city council on Monday.

The report further says there is limited opportunity for growth of dealerships along the Gaetz Avenue corridor, which is why this area is being sought.

City council then adopted a new direct control district which would allow industrial uses, plus vehicle sales, as what Red Deer County had allowed.

It was then up to city planners to do more research on traffic impacts, compatibility with industrial uses and area design.

Planners then worked with various city departments to look at how best to enlarge the district.

The report says there could be land-use conflicts, such as dust or grit from industrial uses landing on new cars.

Council will consider first reading to amend the West QE2 Major Area Structure Plan and, if passed, proceed with amending the related Queens Business Park Industrial Area Structure Plan. If first readings are given, a public hearing will be held on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

Eventually, changes will also have to be made to the land-use bylaw so that rules governing the current direct control district would prevent land-use conflicts.

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