Today, City Council considered first reading of the Riverlands Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and Land Use Bylaw that will enable The City to create a sustainable, vibrant and authentic mixed use neighbourhood in Red Deer’s downtown.
“This is all about setting the bones for development. The updated ARP focuses on creating great streets, great places and great connections that are all influenced by good design,” said Tara Lodewyk, Director of Planning. “On the heels of community consultation, we’ve incorporated citizen and stakeholder feedback and input, and balanced that with the components of the Greater Downtown Action Plan, 2011 Riverlands Area Structure Plan, Culture Vision and Riverlands Urban Design Concept, which are all being considered as we develop out the area.”
Right now, the Riverlands area is primarily a light industrial/commercial area with minimal residential in the southwestern sector of the Greater Downtown vicinity. It includes the former City public works yards, Cronquist Business Park, Inland Cement, Carnival Cinemas, the Quarry and the Old Brew Plaza, as well as several other commercial businesses.
The updated ARP proposes three districts within the 37 hectare Riverfront area. These areas encompass professional, commercial and residential districts balanced with parks and mixed use buildings. Key changes in the updated ARP also include, but are not limited to, the realignment of roadways, changes to building heights, the creation of edge zones that are intended to serve as a connection between buildings and public spaces, the incorporation of public squares, the development of movement that run through the development.
“We are focusing on creating a neighbourhood with safe and active public spaces, and building designs that encourages excitement for visiting, living and working in Riverlands. There will be connections throughout the neighbourhood and connections to the greater downtown, existing Waskasoo Park and Trail system and the Red Deer River,” said Lodewyk.
Following first reading today, a public hearing will be held on October 24, 2016 in Council Chambers.
For more information visit www.reddeer.ca/riverlands
For more information, please contact:
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer