Photo contributed

City and county of Lacombe join forces on development

Municipalities working together to plan for future development along Hwy 2

City of Lacombe and Lacombe County have joined forces to plan for future growth.

“The City of Lacombe continues to work with Lacombe County to ensure that growth and development along our borders is beneficial to both municipalities,” said Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie.

“We are working together in our Joint Economic Area to accommodate rural development and sustainable urban growth in a manner that is mutually acceptable, orderly and efficient.”

Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law also voiced her support for the joint effort.

“It is exciting to take this next step forward in our Joint Economic Area, which will provide for future growth and development in both Lacombe County and the City of Lacombe,” said Law.

“The Lacombe West Area Servicing Project is a great example of how rural and urban municipalities can work together in providing new opportunities that will benefit all our communities.”

Lacombe city council endorsed the Joint Economic Servicing and the Capital Project Contribution agreements on Monday. It then gave first reading to a borrowing bylaw to pay for the project.

The West Area Servicing project will allow for major commercial development, along with a high-density residential and trail system development, on lands located near the interchange of Hwy 2 and Hwy 12 at the western edge of Lacombe.

The West Area Servicing Project was identified in the city’s 2017 capital budget with a project cost of $11,668,800. The county will provide $6.3 million, off-site levies will provide $333,754 and the city will borrow $4.9 million.

With the addition of the 76th Street and Hwy 12 intersection upgrades the total project cost is $15.1 million.

Just Posted

Construction underway at Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Red Deer

The new building is twice the size of the old one

Fish for free

No license is required to ice fish on Family Day weekend

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer rings in the Chinese New Year

A couple hundred fill Festival Holiday to ring in the Year of the Dog

WATCH: From humble beginnings Red Deer-based wrestling promotion is growing

It wasn’t that long ago that Dylon Featherstone and the Canadian Wrestling… Continue reading

WATCH Replay Red Deer Feb. 18: Your weekly news highlights

Watch news from Red Deer and Central Alberta

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect… Continue reading

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

WATCH: Polar dippers brave icy water to raise money for Sylvan Lake charities

The water may have been cold, but the amount of money raised… Continue reading

WATCH: Cat yoga — the purr-fect de-stresser, says Red Deer-area cafe owner

Felines and humans stretch together each month at Alley Cat Cafe

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month