Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 06:00 am |
Town council passed a series of 10 recommendations for the Chinook
Meadows Area Structure Plan in the southwest section of town on August
22 following deliberation of second and third reading and a public
hearing on the issue.
The plan was passed despite several
objections to it voiced by The Meadows Condominium Association. Members
of the association were among about 30 people who attended the event.
Among the concerns raised by the 38 households represented in the
association was the increased noise that would result from construction,
dust and traffic flow through the development.
Ernie Johnson said
residents wanted to widen the municipal reserve, which would mitigate
the laneways, which he said tend to deteriorate over the years.
Johnson also asked for an extension of the trail system through the area.
conclusion of the public hearing portion, Coun. Mary Jane Harper said
she was concerned about snow removal. She said many roads in town aren’t
wide enough now to accommodate snowplows and vehicles, and feared the
development wouldn’t adequately address that concern.
locations for snow are proposed in the area, ranging from .08 of a
hectare (half acre) to .16 of a hectare (one acre).
Bennett-Dubak also raised a concern about traffic volume in an area
likely to have many small children. Jolene Tejkl, a planner with
Parkland Community Planning Services that was assigned to the
development, said the developer plans to put in various traffic calming
devices throughout the development to ease traffic issues.
Mayor Judy Dahl said the development has gone through several different versions since work first began in early 2009.
had the developer sitting with engineers and our administration, we’ve
had the developers come and talk to the people, we’ve had
recommendations back from staff … it’s really quite fascinating to sit
back and see such a unique sustainable development … and have people
talking about it,” she said.
Dahl said she was most impressed with the input residents gave throughout the process.
“These people could have just sat back and done nothing, but they’re engaged and that’s exciting,” she said.
plan calls for about 1,690 housing units to be added to the town in 13
phases, providing accommodation for about 3,920 people in a range of
housing types. There is also provision made for a neighbourhood