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Talking to the public about the redevelopment of Riverlands

July 11, 2016 3:52 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The redevelopment of the Riverlands area is being done with the intent to create a mixed used neighbourhood in the greater downtown. But first, The City has to update some of its plans and bylaws, and we want to know what Red Deerians think about the changes.

A public consultation meeting will be held in the Snell Auditorium on the lower level of the Red Deer Public Library (downtown branch) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m.

City staff will be there to give people information and answer questions about updates to the Riverlands Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and amendments to the Land Use Bylaw, which will assist to advance redevelopment in the area.

“The idea for a new mixed use neighbourhood in the city’s downtown has been talked about in our community for many years,” said Emily Damberger, Planning Manager. “We’ve taken some of the ideas the community has shared with us and balanced those with components of the Greater Downtown Action Plan, Culture Vision and Riverlands Urban Design Concept, which are all being considered as we develop out the area.”

The meeting will include information about the Area Redevelopment Plan and the three proposed corresponding Land Use Districts. These updates are the next steps to implementing all the great ideas contained in the vision and will provide the blueprint for changes to existing development and new development.

Right now, the Riverlands area is primarily a light industrial/commercial area in the southwestern sector of the Greater Downtown vicinity. It includes the former City public works yards, Cronquist Business Park, Inland Cement, Carnival Cinemas and the Old Brew Plaza, as well as several other commercial businesses.

“This 37 hectare riverfront area has all kinds of potential, and we are excited to be taking the next steps in redeveloping the area,” said Damberger. “We are focusing on vibrant streets, safe and active public spaces and building design 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.”

Following the open house, the feedback will be summarized and considered by administration. A summary of the consultation and draft ARP and Land Use Districts will be posted on the City’s website prior to going to Council for consideration in August. A public hearing will follow at a later date.

For more information visit www.reddeer.ca/riverlands.

­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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