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Zoning changes approved for residential developments

The first was an application from Windridge Properties Ltd. to develop a mobile home park to be called “The Birchwoods” on a nearly-10-acre parcel located north of the Adams Road and west of 13 Street. The property was formerly zoned for that use, but was rezoned several years ago to a Comprehensive Development Zone (CD-1), which encompasses mixed uses including residential properties, but not mobile homes.

The parcel exceeds the maximum allowable parcel size of six acres identified in the zoning bylaw for a Residential – Manufactured Home Park 2 Zone (RMH-2), but council had the ability to proceed with the zoning change as long as they were made aware of the size limitation and the information is included in the upcoming public hearing.

The RMH-2 zone allows for 30 dwellings per hectare, and Kevin Henderson, director of infrastructure and sustainable development, said that the developer could potentially develop up to about 110 dwellings on the parcel in question. Councillor Marilyn Belak voted in favour of the rezoning application, but suggested she would like to revisit the issues of density and parcel size for these types of developments in the future.

The application is subject to a public hearing to take place at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29 before the next regular meeting of council. Council will then decide whether to proceed with third reading and adoption of the rezoning request. Henderson said the proposal is also subject to the developer entering into an agreement with the city that would stipulate the expansion of water and sewer lines to service the development, and the expansion of 13 Street from 118 Avenue to the Dangerous Goods Route, with the costs to be borne by the developer.

The second application was to rezone a vacant industrial lot to allow for residential developments in a proposed subdivision at 8700 21 Street. The change to an RS-2 Zone allows for single-family homes and duplexes.

The property is designated as Residential in the city’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and therefore does not require redesignation, and a public hearing is not necessary for the application to proceed.

Developer Karl Anderson said the concept for the subdivision is 18 to 20 lots of varying sizes with single-family homes but no duplexes. He said he sees the development as a great opportunity given the continued growth of the city. 

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