London Road is one of Lethbridge’s most historic and well known neighbourhoods.
The manner in which a city and its neighbourhoods develop directly affects the lives of its residents in many ways – physically, economically, and socially. The City of Lethbridge's master plan, the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan/Municipal Development Plan, has identified the importance of a well-designed city which includes a mix of density and land uses, transportation and movement, and urban design. It also identifies the specific role that existing neighbourhoods, like London Road, have when it comes to planning for and accommodating future city growth.
London Road has a long history of planning and development dating back to the late 1800's. One of the most significant planning efforts took place in 1982 with the development and adoption of the London Road Neighbourhood Area Redevelopment Plan. Over the past 35 years, this plan has proven to be an effective guiding framework for planning and development within the neighbourhood. However, with the city and neighbourhood facing changing growth and development pressures, it is essential that the plan be revisited and updated.
The intent of the updated Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), the London Road Area Redevelopment Plan (from here on referred to as the Plan) is to create a modernized long-term vision that provides guidance for the continued positive long term redevelopment and conservation of the neighbourhood.
The Plan has been developed in accordance with the Province of Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA). Specifically, under the authority of Sections 634 and 635 of the MGA, which addresses the adoption of ARPs and stipulates which matters must and may be addressed.
London Road is centrally-located in South Lethbridge and is surrounded by existing neighbourhoods including Downtown and Upper Eastside to the north, Victoria Park to the east, and Fleetwood to the south. The Plan area contains approximately 114ha (280 acres) of land that is predominantly developed as low-density residential.
The Plan process officially launched in December 2013 when the project was introduced to the neighbourhood and initial feedback was gathered. It has since evolved through collaboration with the City of Lethbridge administration, extensive input from a wide range of stakeholders including residents, the London Road Neighbourhood Association, business owners, developers and builders.
Throughout the plan process there were a wide range of opportunities for individuals and organizations to get involved, share ideas, and provide feedback. A full “What We Heard” report will be provided in the final draft. Additionally, existing regional and citywide plans, policies, and strategies played a role in guiding the planning process. The plan was “scaled” to provide a neighbourhood specific response to the broader goals of the region and city. Technical work was completed throughout the process by City staff of various departments including the review and analysis of input, data, and policy materials. The draft Plan is now complete and will shortly go to City Council.
Opportunity for Feedback
On 13th September 2017 we held our final Open House. Content from the Open House is available below.
Open House Boards - Visions
Open House Boards - Overview
The draft Plan will go to City Council for First Reading on December 11th, 2017. A date for the Public Hearing will be confirmed shortly, and members of the public wishing to speak at Council may do so at the Public Hearing.
We want to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to contact Planning & Development services with comments and concerns on the draft Plan.
Business Unit:Planning & DevelopmentKey Contact:
Ross Kilgour, BSc, MRTPICommunity Planner IIPhone: