Red Deer city council notes – September 25

Back-to-back duplexes and redevelopment of existing multi-family units are among the actions that could be allowed under a new land-use plan in the works for Riverside Meadows.

Back-to-back duplexes and redevelopment of existing multi-family units are among the actions that could be allowed under a new land-use plan in the works for Riverside Meadows.

Red Deer city council gave first reading this week to a set of bylaws that lines zoning and land-use plans up with the various types of properties that now exist within the area.

Among the problems with the current bylaws is the restriction on rebuilding or redeveloping multi-family buildings.

There are sites where, if an apartment building is burned down, it would have to be replaced with a single-family building, planner Tara Lodewyk told council. The revised zoning and land-use bylaws would allow the owner to build another apartment on the site, subject to architectural restrictions.

Council has given first reading to a bylaw that would adjust off-site levies to be collected from new development during 2009.

The bylaw would raise rates, retroactive to Jan. 1, to just under $175,000 per hectare, an increase from the 2008 rate of just over $156,000. Under the rates proposed for 2009, there would be an eight per cent decrease in the water services rate, while sanitary, storm and road rates would go up 14, 17 and 15 per cent respectively.

Second and final readings of the bylaw were set for Oct. 19, following a public hearing set for 6 p.m. that day.

The revised rates anticipate a reduction in grants from provincial infrastructure programs.

Council gave second and final readings to a bylaw amending zoning in Phase 2 of Timberstone Park.

A representative from neighbouring acreages in College Heights objected to the amendment based on berming and other work that had not been completed for Phase 1 of the development. However, council was advised that actual work on the site is an issue for the development permit and not the land-use bylaw.

A number of bylaws originally scheduled for this week’s council meeting were deferred to Oct. 19 because of incomplete documentation.

They include an amendment adding St. Luke’s Anglican Church and North Cottage School to the city’s Historical Preservation Overlay. A land-use amendment affecting the Southpointe Junction Area Structure Plan and the Veteran Recognition Program were also deferred.

The Historical Preservation Overlay was lifted from the former site of the Arlington Hotel, since the building has been torn down.

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