101 dwellings for Laredo approved

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has given site-development approval for 101 multi-attached dwellings in the new Laredo neighbourhood of the Lancaster/Vanier Woods subdivision.

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has given site-development approval for 101 multi-attached dwellings in the new Laredo neighbourhood of the Lancaster/Vanier Woods subdivision.

To be located at 339 Viscount Dr., south of 22nd Street, the Avalon Central Alberta project will consist of 12 buildings. These will range from 12-plexes to single units.

The commission heard that two of the buildings will consist of “stacked townhouse units.” New to Red Deer, that concept involves one dwelling unit located directly above another, each with their own exterior entrances.

As part of its approval, the commission granted a relaxation of the maximum allowable height under the city’s land use bylaw to 10.6 metres from 10 metres. It also reduced the number of parking stalls to 209 from the 223 required under the land use bylaw.

That parking relaxation prompted criticism from Larry Thomsen, a citizen representative on the commission. He described how there is a shortage of parking spots in nearby neighbourhoods.