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City Council approves updated area redevelopment plan and bylaw for Riverlands

December 5, 2016 6:43 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

An updated Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and land use bylaw for the Riverlands neighbourhood in Red Deer’s downtown was approved by City Council today. The downtown riverfront neighbourhood will be a revitalized mixed use area with three distinct districts.

“Over past few months, we’ve worked to reduce the building height to a level that doesn’t compromise the overall viability and sustainability of the development but acknowledges those concerns we heard from residents,” said Tara Lodewyk, Director of Planning Services. “Incorporating the components of the Greater Downtown Action Plan, 2011 Riverlands Area Structure Plan, Culture Vision and Riverlands Urban Design Concept is critical and this bylaw and ARP will be our roadmap as we move forward.”

Approval of the ARP and bylaw came after administration met with citizens and property owners who had questions after first reading. Changes to the plan now reflect City Council’s amendments around building heights, and 30 per cent of City lands will now be greenspace.

“Riverlands will be a downtown community space where we focus on connecting people, places and spaces,” said Lodewyk. “There will be many more opportunities for people to get involved and help influence what Riverlands looks and feels like as we move forward with development. Approval of the ARP and bylaw mark and important milestone as we move forward with the redevelopment of Riverlands.”

With today’s approval, The City will work to initiate land sales early in 2017.

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For more information, please contact:

Emily Damberger
Planning Manager
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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