East Hill MASP Amendment: Molly Banister Drive

Molly Banister Drive - Municipal Development Plan and East Hill Major Area Structure Plan amendments

Background

Melcor has submitted an application to amend the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the East Hill Major Area Structure Plan (MASP). The amendment would remove the future Molly Banister Drive expansion through the undeveloped quarter section (NE-4-27-38-4) along 40 Avenue to 22 Street from the plans to allow for a future residential neighbourhood with no major roadway running through it. This would align with Melcor’s vision to protect the existing ravine and natural area running through the area.

The wording in the East Hill MASP regarding the Molly Banister Drive expansion outlines:

“The Molly Bannister Drive alignment protection serves to ensure that the planning of the NE ¼ Section 4 accommodates this roadway alignment into the neighbourhood design without adversely affecting any future decisions regarding a possible roadway crossing over Piper Creek. This does not necessarily imply that Molly Bannister Drive will be extended across Piper Creek, and any such decision would require Council approval. If the protected alignment for Molly Bannister Drive between 40 Avenue and Bremner Avenue is ever implemented, this will be an arterial roadway with a 43m right-of-way width from 40 Avenue to Piper Creek.”

The plans currently show the future road network as illustrated below. The road is not currently developed.

 Molly Banister Alignment graphic

Melcor is proposing to change the future road network in the plans as shown below. This option does not change how the road network currently exists.

No Molly Banister Alignment graphic

It is important to note that residential development on the undeveloped quarter section is likely to occur in the future regardless if Molly Banister Drive is extended through it or not. Prior to The City receiving a neighbourhood design from it is necessary to know if Molly Banister Drive will be extended through the quarter section.

Opportunity to Provide Input

An online survey was available for residents and business owners to provide their comments regarding the expansion of the road - the survey is now closed and administration is reviewing the survey results and working to determine the next steps on this process. Information collected will be included in a report to Red Deer City Council to help with Council’s decision making. The survey was for information gathering, and was not an official vote on the subject. Read the Q&A Backgrounder (pdf)  for more information on the history of the roadway, and some of the environmental and long-term future transportation implications of a decision.

Next Steps

The next steps of the project will be preparing a report to Council which will include a technical administrative review of transportation and parks, as well as future land use planning and any other related issues. Administration will consider all comments provided from the public and will put forward a recommendation to Council. 

It is anticipated that the report will be presented to Council in the new year, with the date yet to be determined. Please check back to this web page for updates. 

There are three steps that must occur should the amendments be approved.

Step 1: Council reviews the report and administration’s recommendation when considering First Reading. If First Reading is granted, the application moves onto step 2.

Step 2:  A Public Hearing is held where the public is given an opportunity to speak directly to Council about a proposed amendment. Public Hearings are advertised in the Friday edition of the Red Deer Advocate and all landowners within the consultation area will receive written notification of the Public Hearing. Once the Public Hearing is closed, the application moves onto step 3.

Step 3: Council considers Second and Third (final) Reading of the proposed bylaws.

Administration will host an information session before the public hearing (Step 2) is held to provide feedback on questions asked during the consultation stage and will post information online. Please check back for dates and times once they are determined in the new year. 

For further information, please contact one of the following:

Christi Fidek
Senior Planner
403-406-8701
christi.fidek@reddeer.ca           

Kimberly Fils-Aime
Senior Planner
403-356-8896
Kimberly.Fils-Aime@reddeer.ca