The Southeast Area Structure Plan was approved by City Council today providing a long-term vision for the future development of southeast Lethbridge.
The plan looks at 680 hectares of land to the east of the current neighbourhoods of Lakeview, Redwood, Fairmont and Southgate (see map attached). It outlines a significant amount of residential development in order to meet future demand for housing in south Lethbridge and includes a variety of housing types. It also consists of employment generating developments and contains open space and public and institutional land uses.
"The approval of this plan gives us a framework to guide future development," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "It is flexible enough to allow us to start development in certain areas while we continue with consultation and refine the long term developments."
A large crowd of residents filled council chamber two weeks ago for the Southeast Area Structure Plan public hearing. The group heard an overview of the plan and had the opportunity to express their thoughts.
"Council was very pleased to see the level of community interest and engagement in this project," says Mayor Spearman. "The feedback was very positive and that speaks to all the hard work, input and research that went into the plan."
The new Southeast Area Structure Plan ensures alignment with provincial planning requirements and the City's Municipal Development Plan. It includes policies that describe the proposed land uses, how these land uses will be served by infrastructure and what sequence the developments will follow.
Balancing residential growth across Lethbridge, creating business and employment opportunities, integrating with existing neighbourhoods, emphasizing open space and promoting multi-modal transportation opportunities were all important consideration when developing the plan.
Initiated by the City of Lethbridge, Planning and Infrastructure departments in 2013, the Southeast Area Structure Plan was recommended to City Council for approval by the Municipal Planning Commission in February of 2016. For more information visit www.lethbridge.ca/southeastplan.
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