Residential development approved

The second phase of development in the Lancaster/Vanier East neighbourhood has received a green light from Red Deer’s municipal planning commission — although not without some resistance.

The second phase of development in the Lancaster/Vanier East neighbourhood has received a green light from Red Deer’s municipal planning commission — although not without some resistance.

The commission approved the subdivision of 25 acres on the southeastern outskirts of the city into 115 residential lots, as well as public utility and municipal reserve lots. The residential lots include 70 designated for low-density development and 28 for semi-detached homes, as well 17 zoned R1G.

R1G lots, which are being allowed by the city on a pilot basis, are smaller than other residential lots and include front, double-attached garages.

Last month, 39 R1G lots were created in the first phase of Lancaster/Vanier East, with more contemplated in subsequent phases. Councillor Frank Wong said he was concerned that so many R1G lots are being developed so quickly.

City planner Jordan Furness pointed out that R1G lots provide sufficient space for a vehicle to be parked on the street between homes.

Commission members Doug Janssen and Darcy Garrett also questioned the sufficiency of vehicle access to the neighbourhood, with only one roadway to serve the first two phases until the rest of the subdivision is developed and other roads opened.

Furness said the design would allow traffic flows that are well within industry guidelines.

The commission voted in favour of the subdivision by a 4-3 margin.

Lancaster/Vanier East, which falls within the Lancaster/Vanier East Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan, is being developed by Melcor Developments Ltd. It’s located south of Lancaster and east of Vanier Woods.