Red Deer City council has approved a new residential area for the northeast.
Evergreen will be located northeast of 67 St. and 30 Ave. and will include a mix of housing types comprised of 896 dwelling units as well as a small commercial area which could include a small coffee shop, doctor office and restaurant.
There is also a natural ravine which will be located in the northeast corner of the community, as well as trails throughout and a water body in the centre of the neighbourhood that will include the possibility for multiple recreation activities.
“The ravine will remain in its natural state and will act as a wildlife corridor,” said Dayna Facca, City planner, during her presentation to council.
Officials with Melcor have said in the planning document that, “The Evergreen neighbourhood will be a vibrant residential community in northeast Red Deer that is home to approximately 2,212 residents. Evergreen will respect the unique natural features in an effort to protect wildlife habitats, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings.”
Councillor Dianne Wyntjes said she thought the plan was a good one.
“I remember when this plan was given first reading that many of us expressed our excitement and enthusiasm about this next growth are of our City,” she said. “Certainly looking at this plan as it stands before us, there is an opportunity for different housing models, commercial area and for the environmental aspect and the community gathering spaces. I am looking forward to it and to seeing what the next chapter of growth provides for our City.”
Councillor Ken Johnston agreed.
“It’s always an exciting time when we’re looking at a new development like this and at eight different housing options.”
The new community was approved unanimously by council.
Meanwhile, in other council news, Councillor Paul Harris put forward a Notice of Motion regarding air conditioner noise.
The purpose of his motion is to have council advocate for changes to the Alberta Building and Safety Codes so that standards are imposed pre-installation and/or direct administration to explore ways to strengthen the development permit process to include standards that would mitigate noise from residential heating and cooling systems, including establishing a maximum decibel level.