The Red Deer Native Friendship Centre Society’s planned multi-family housing building and cultural centre has been given the green light.
The centre will be located east of Lions Campground on Riverside Drive.
This week the city’s subdivision and development appeal board overturned an earlier decision which had denied the application.
It was turned down in August because it was 300 metres within non-operating landfill site which is prohibited under the Municipal Government Act Subdivision and Development Regulations.
The society plans to build a three-storey multi-family building including a cultural centre and 16 multi-attached residential dwellings on 4615 Riverside Drive.
According to hearing documents, both the appellant and development authority agreed that any risk due to the old landfill was negligible.
Studies conducted showed that there were no significant concentrations of soil vapour or concerns for the environmental quality of groundwater. There will be no use of ground water.
The proposed development will connect to city servicing.
Design strategies were incorporated to mitigate any potential risk of flooding.
The appeal board approved the development with 12 conditions including providing an erosion control plan and build a 1.5 metre pedestrian sidewalk along the east side of Riverside Drive from the corner of the adjacent transit stop.