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City Council Highlights - Special Meeting
Posted Date: 9/25/2017 4:30 PM
City Council completed two orders of business Monday, carry over items from their regular meeting last week.

Council was not able to reach consensus on having third reading on either matter, necessitating Monday's special meeting enabling them to proceed in this Council term.

The Railside Business Park Outline Plan and an associated Land Use Bylaw amendment were approved. The Hillside Area Revitalization Plan also received third reading.

The Railside Business Park Outline Plan and an associated Land Use Bylaw amendment (rezoning from UR-Urban Reserve to IG-General Industrial) provide a policy framework for industrial development on the subject property – located in the S.E. ¼ of Section 21, Township 71, Range 6.

The 34.76 hectare-property abuts the CN Rail Line to the south, 116 St. to the east, the Centre West Business Park to the north, and recently annexed farm land to the west.

The Outline Plan identifies 26 lots zoned IG - General Industrial, a possible rail spur right-of-way adjacent to the CN rail line, and 0.69 hectares of Municipal Reserve adjacent to the proposed storm water ponds.

There are no buildings, roads, or storage facilities on site. The property has 295 metres of frontage along 116 St. It is being used for agricultural production of canola.

Adopting the Railside Business Park Outline Plan allows additional industrial development to occur in the City. This may encourage future investors/business owners to locate industrial development within City limits, ultimately creating a more competitive industrial market in the community.

The Hillside Area Revitalization Plan (ARP) was undertaken at the direction of the Community Growth Committee.

Building upon the general framework outlined in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), a 'Complete Community' concept, which aims at creating neighbourhoods that include a mix of land uses, was the underlying approach while developing this ARP.

It is intended to:
•Create a vision for a complete and sustainable community;
•Respond to the concerns and priorities expressed by the stakeholders throughout the public engagement process;
•Guide future land uses;
•Guide the transition from downtown to the neighbourhood especially along 100 Avenue;
•Include directions regarding the future use of the City-owned parcel located to the south of the hospital;
•Provide detailed direction with respect to the design of future development within the Hillside neighbourhood;
•Provide recommendations for improvements to public spaces;
•Develop linked trail and sidewalk systems;
•Explore the latest programs and innovative initiatives that could be implemented in the neighbourhood; and,
•Provide recommendations on implementation.

The ARP was prepared by Planning staff through a collaborative planning process with area residents and members of a Steering Committee.

This process also included close consultation with all affected City departments to address any issues related to the development and the re-development in the Hillside neighbourhood.

The document outlines how land uses are expected to evolve over the next 20-25 years

The Plan area is divided into nine use categories:
•Low Density Residential;
•Low/Medium Density Residential;
•Medium Density Residential;
•Medium Density Row Housing;
•Mixed Use;
•Neighbourhood Service;
•Hospital Parking;
•Hospital Parking/Low Density Residential; and,
•Community Facility.

The Concept creates opportunities for more surface parking for the QEII Hospital by allowing parking on the City-owned parcel, as well as identifying other properties adjacent to the hospital where future parking would be appropriate.

Aside from the future land uses identified for the edges of the neighbourhood along 100 Ave. and 92 St., land uses in Hillside are not envisaged to change dramatically.

The ARP provides for a variety of housing options within the neighbourhood, while ensuring that future development will respect and enhance the existing character through the implementation of the proposed Design Standards and Character Controls.