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Council directs administration to move ahead with report on Molly Bannister Drive extension

June 8, 2020 4:30 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

In December, landowners, residents, and business owners were asked whether they support a proposed amendment to remove the protection of a roadway for the future extension of Molly Banister Drive. An online survey garnered more than 1,700 responses and landowners who were within the area of the proposed extension mailed back more than 190 surveys. 

The survey responses provide Council with the diverse perspectives of the community in order to help them make a decision when this item comes before them for review. The survey was for information gathering, and was not an official vote on the matter.

At a City Council meeting today, Council reviewed a report including information highlighted by residents such as environmental and traffic impacts as it relates to the future of this roadway. The report also included all the feedback received through the survey.

Survey Results:

195 hardcopy responses were returned to The City of Red Deer, and 1,796 online surveys were completed:

  • 57 per cent of respondents want to keep the road alignment in City plans
  • 40 per cent of respondents want to remove the road alignment from City plans

As part of the survey, respondents were encouraged to provide their thoughts on why they answered the way they did. The majority of comments fell within the following categories:

  • Environmental Impacts
  • Impact on nearby landowners/residents (more traffic flow and noise)
  • Cost of building road versus improving/widening others

Council has directed administration to use the traffic study and high level environmental information we have available now in order to make the decision on the future of the roadway. A report will be developed with this information, and will come back to Council in 12 weeks.

In the fall of 2019, The City received an application to amend two development plans in the East Hill area. Melcor, the developer of the area, requested that the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the East Hill Major Area Structure Plan (MASP) be amended by removing the Molly Banister Drive protected roadway alignment (extension of Molly Banister Drive to 40 Avenue) from the plans.

More information about the project and updates as we move through the process timeline can be found at www.reddeer.ca/mollybanister

For more information, please contact: 

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer 

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