Red Deer County’s Gasoline Alley will see more homes

Second phase of Liberty Landing in the works

Red Deer County’s Gasoline Alley is running on all cylinders when it comes to growth.

An application to subdivide nearly six acres in Liberty Landing for 51 lots will go before the county’s municipal planning commission on Tuesday.

It’s the second phase of a development approved in 2017 for 86 lots.

Phase 2 will include single-family homes and townhomes. County council helped pave the way for developments of this kind earlier this month, when it approved changes to plans allowing for a greater number of townhomes compared with single-family dwellings.

The changes were made to reflect “economic conditions” that make townhomes a very marketable product in the new subdivision.

“For the economic times we’re in, we’re very pleased with the amount of development we’re seeing take place,” said Mayor Jim Wood.

He credits the county’s planning department for helping smooth the road for new development.

“They are able to be flexible to allow some of these developments to fit into (developers’) plans as well as ours.”

While it’s difficult to make predictions on what the future holds, he believes there is a sense of optimism with the change in provincial government.

That may get boosted further if the federal Lilberals are replaced, he said.

Meanwhile, construction is underway at one of the county’s major projects, the development of the Junction 42 rest area east of Penhold. The first businesses are expected to be open in November.

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