Riverside Meadows plan endorsed by city council

edevelopment plans for one of Red Deer’s oldest neighbourhoods will encourage attractive development, reduce piecemeal zoning, and promote public art.

Councillor Cindy Jefferies says she expects to see investment and redevelopment in Riverside Meadows.

Redevelopment plans for one of Red Deer’s oldest neighbourhoods will encourage attractive development, reduce piecemeal zoning, and promote public art.

The Riverside Meadows Area Redevelopment Plan, plus the Community Plan and its residential design criteria, were endorsed in council chambers on Monday.

“It’s time for that area to regenerate and this gives them the plan and guidelines to go ahead and do that,” said Councillor Cindy Jefferies.

She predicts that over the next decade, the neighbourhood near the Red Deer River will see a lot of “investment and redevelopment.”

The redevelopment plan encourages a mix housing types and higher densities in the area once known as North Red Deer.

It also cleans up a number of zoning issues, such as properties that don’t comply within the land use district. A site specific exception will be created in the land use bylaw, so that these sites can be allowed to redevelop as they have been. An apartment building within a single-family land use district could redevelop as an apartment.

“It’s going to make everything more clear for developers and the owners,” said Marileen Cowan, president of the Riverside Meadows Community Association.

The Community Plan offers a 15-year vision to guide decisions relating to more detailed planning. For example, it recommends making 58th Street along the river a focal point. As a suggestion, a black iron railing or fence, less than 90 cm in height and open in design, could be placed along the top of the bank.

The plan also recommends adding interactive art that reflects the neighbourhood’s heritage. One example given is a replica train sculpture that could be installed at the north end of the CPR bridge.

The residential design criteria gives rules for everything from garages to building entrances. For instance, there shall be no more than six multi-attached units in one building block.

tester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer mall repurposes former Sears location

The Great Indoors Market at Bower officially launches Nov. 10

Red Deer-area businesses prepare for economic boost from Canadian Finals Rodeo

Hotels, restaurants, gift shops get ready for rodeo fans

Sylvan Lake considering banning charcoal barbecues in lakefront parks

Town council wants more information on concerns about charcoal barbecues and over-sized tents

Winter Games relocates its Volunteer Centre

Now open at Bower Place in Red Deer

Coalition of consumer groups calls for new code of conduct for telecom sales

A new government-backed code of conduct is needed to protect consumers from… Continue reading

Canadian National Railway rakes in record revenues amid concerns over capacity

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. says it raked in the highest… Continue reading

Alberta Party candidates set for Red Deer

The Alberta Party will have candidates running in both Red Deer-South and… Continue reading

Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Woody Baron co-authors children’s book

TORONTO — Woody Baron finds the spectre of tangling with a hulking… Continue reading

Sundin not surprised Leafs asking stars to take less money to stay together

TORONTO — Mats Sundin isn’t surprised the Toronto Maple Leafs are asking… Continue reading

Anywhere but Washington: Why DC stories rarely film in DC

WASHINGTON — It’s a hobby among District of Columbia locals: Picking apart… Continue reading

‘Halloween’ scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

LOS ANGELES — Forty years after he first appeared in theatres, Michael… Continue reading

iPhone XR makes the right trade-offs for a cheaper price

NEW YORK — Apple offers you a simple trade-off with its new… Continue reading

Most Read