MPC recommends West QE2 changes

Development plans for annexed lands west of Hwy 2 could be amended to allow for greater commercial development along the highway.

Development plans for annexed lands west of Hwy 2 could be amended to allow for greater commercial development along the highway.

On Monday, Red Deer’s municipal planning commission voted to recommend to city council that it approve proposed amendments to the West QE2 Major Area Structure Plan and the Queens Business Park Industrial Area Structure Plan.

City planning manager Nancy Hackett described the changes, one of which would involve expansion of the direct control district previously created by council to accommodate existing land uses or uses approved by Red Deer County prior to the annexation. She said such expansion of the direct control district would allow vehicle sales dealerships to locate all along Hwy 2 in the plan area.

Other amendments would result in modifications to the proposed road network, land use changes made necessary by such roadwork modifications, adjustments to the land earmarked for eco-industrial development, and various other alterations.

The West QE2 Major Area Structure Plan covers about eight quarter sections that were annexed from the county in 2007. The Queens Business Park Industrial Area Structure Plan provides more development detail with respect to two of the quarters.

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