Controversial corridor plan to be presented

A plan to guide development in the Hwy 2A corridor that has been dogged by landowner criticism will go to Lacombe County council for final approval next month. The latest version of the plan went to a public hearing in Lacombe on Tuesday evening. The hearing drew about 50 people.

A plan to guide development in the Hwy 2A corridor that has been dogged by landowner criticism will go to Lacombe County council for final approval next month.

The latest version of the plan went to a public hearing in Lacombe on Tuesday evening. The hearing drew about 50 people.

Lacombe County commissioner Terry Hager said opposition remains to the plan, which some have criticized as premature and ties the hands of those who want to develop their land in the corridor between Blackfalds and Lacombe.

Another contingent wants to see the plan go to council for a vote, finally, after two years of debate, open houses and revisions.

“One thing a number of individuals did state was that it was time to make a decision with respect to the area structure plan,” said Hager.

County planning staff will prepare a report on the plan and all of the public input received to present at a May 14 meeting.

“While I can’t anticipate what council will do, we’re hopeful we might be able to move forward on this project.”

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