Just under 10% (47 ha) of the West QE2 Industrial Park is eco-industrial. The land use district is I1 - Light Industrial Business Services, with eco-friendly components. The overlay encompasses several benefits, such as:
- Implement corporate environmental policies
- Establish potential collaborative partnerships
- Measurable results in energy and water cost savings
- Reduce your company’s carbon footprint
- Preserve, integrate and foster natural habitats
The guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive but rather enable and encourage applicants to create progressive, sustainable industrial development.
The guidelines are often simple things like developing landscaping that provides natural climate protection or creating idle-free zones. The Queens Eco Industrial Park also provides the opportunity for like-minded companies to operate near one another and pursue environmentally sustainable collaboration.
The overlay sets out specific site planning and design requirements within the eco-industrial area. The Eco Industrial Park Information Package provides the complete list of these components, as well as visual examples.
The Application Process
In addition to The City’s standard development application, interested parties are asked to include the following documents:
1) Eco Industrial Development Checklist
This easy-to-use checklist helps applicants identify and track which features are required when developing on an eco-industrial lot.
Eco Industrial Development Checklist (pdf)
2) Green Building Material List
Applicants list the materials they plan to use to meet the Eco Industrial Guidelines. Applicants must list at least three different materials that have been salvaged, refurbished or recycled. For a full list of green building materials, see the Eco Industrial Information Package.
Eco Industrial Green Building Materials List (pdf)
3) Business Resource Requirements and Waste Production List (Optional)
This document enables administration to identify potential business collaborations, at the discretion of the applicant. Only materials that could be re-used or shared should be listed.
Eco Industrial Resources and Waste Production List (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What does eco-industrial mean?
Eco-industrial lots are zoned for all permitted I1 uses, but include an overlay to encourage eco-friendly initiatives, whether through building design, landscaping design or co-location and collaboration options.
2) Are the guidelines difficult to meet?
Many of the components required or suggested are already being implemented in typical industrial parks, such as programmable thermostats, high efficiency water and lighting fixtures, and passive solar building orientation. The overlay is designed to be achievable, yet innovative.
3) Will building in eco-industrial cost more?
Lots are priced at market value, with no premium added. Implementing the mandatory components should be mostly low-cost or cost-neutral. As mentioned above, many components are things builders already currently do to meet building standards.
4) How will mandatory components be reviewed?
The permit process is the same as regular industrial developments. All parties must complete the development permit application and submit it to The City of Red Deer’s Inspections and Licensing department. The checklist above will help with any new or eco-specific requirements.