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RFD- 3084 Bylaws   Item #   10. h.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 08/14/2017  
Title:    C-985-16 - Third Reading - Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Harvest Ridge Stage 18 - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: This topic relates to all three of the City’s strategic vision elements contained in Council’s Strategic Plan Related Goal: n/a

Request for Decision Summary
The purpose of this Request for Decision is to seek Council’s support for third reading of Bylaw C-985-16 - Harvest Ridge Stage 18. An application has been received to redistrict 12.88 ha in SW ¼ SEC. 8, TWP. 53 RGE. 27 W. 4th MER from UR - Urban Reserve District to R1 - Mixed Low to Medium Density District, P1 - Parks and Recreation District and P2 - Natural Areas District. 

Administration supports this amendment that will allow for the development of residential lots, a stormwater management facility and open space.

Proposed Motion
That third reading be given to Bylaw C-985-16 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment -  Harvest Ridge Stage 18.
Select Engineering, on behalf of the landowner, has applied to redistrict approximately 12.88 ha of land within SW ¼ SEC. 8, TWP. 53 RGE. 27 W. 4th MER, from UR – Urban Reserve District to R1 – Mixed Low to Medium Density Residential District (3.21 ha),  P1 - Parks and Recreation District (5.66 ha) and P2 - Natural Areas District (4.83 ha).

The proposed R1 District area consists of 56 residential lots for 22 single detached dwellings and 34 semi-detached dwellings. These residential lots will be an extension of Hilton Cove to the north and Harrison Gate to the south.

The development also proposes land to be districted P1 - Parks and Recreation for the purposes of open space and a stormwater management facility. These areas will have access through current and ongoing development in the Harvest Ridge neighbourhood and provides active and passive recreational opportunities for users. The stormwater management facility is already in place; the location will be formalized through this amendment and the subdivision process.

A portion of the open space north of the stormwater management facility will be considered non-credit municipal reserve; the delineation will take place during the subdivision process. The non-credit municipal reserve is land that is to be given to the City over and above the maximum amount of municipal reserve allowed for under the Municipal Government Act. In this instance, the non-credit municipal reserve is land that the developer finds uneconomic to develop based on the composition of the soil and the cost of developing the land. Prior to giving the lands to the City, an environmental report confirming the soil conditions of the non-credited municipal reserve must be submitted during the subdivision process. These lands will also require landscaping approved by the City's Engineering Department.

The public hearing and second reading for this Bylaw took place on March 13, 2017. The Bylaw's development agreement has been signed and therefore the bylaw can receive third reading, as per requirements in Council Policy 7,005.
Municipal Development Plan
Your Bright Future, Municipal Development Plan, 2010 – 2020 (MDP) is the City’s primary statutory plan. On the Future Land Use map, the subject land is designated for residential and open space development and will not require any amendments.

West Area Structure Plan
The West Area Structure Plan (ASP) was adopted on May 30, 2012 and designates the subject lands as Low/Medium Density Residential, Parks/Open Space/MR, Stormwater Management, and Environmental Reserve (See Attachment C).

The environmental reserve was revised in an ASP amendment to match a survey agreed upon with the City in October of 2013.  This area includes portions of Atim Creek and is part of the Atim Creek Natural Area. The proposed P2 District conforms with the Environmental Reserve designated lands found in the ASP.

There is a slight inconsistency between the proposed R1 and P1 districts and the associated ASP designations. Due to the conceptual nature of ASPs, the inconsistency is considered minor and will not require any amendments. 

Land Use Bylaw
The subject lands are districted UR – Urban Reserve. The reclassification of land to other land use districts is required before subdivision and development can occur.

The proposed R1 – Mixed Low to Medium Density Residential District is intended to accommodate a range of low to medium density dwellings. The proposed single detached and semi-detached dwellings are permitted uses in the R1 district. The proposed P1 - Parks and Recreation District shall be used for open space and a stormwater management facility. The proposed P2 - Natural Areas District aligns with the Environmental Reserve designation found in the West ASP.  Proposed uses are uses considered in their associated districts.
Administration has discussed initial comments about the development with the applicant.

The proposed amendment has been circulated internally for other departments’ comments.

Public Hearing
The statutory public hearing was held on March 13, 2017, prior to second reading. The amendment's public hearing was advertised on February 24 and March 3, 2017 in the local newspaper, as per Municipal Government Act requirements. The public hearing notice was also mailed to landowners adjacent to the plan area. Any questions or comments regarding the development were addressed at the public hearing.

As the application borders Parkland County, a notice of public hearing and opportunity to comment on the proposed amendment was sent to Parkland County. Parkland County responded with no concerns or objections to the proposed redistricting.
If approved, the Land Use Bylaw map will be updated and posted on the City's website.
This amendment will provide for the development of single detached dwellings, a stormwater management facility and open space. 
Attachment A: C-985-16
Attachment B: Location Aerial
Attachment C: ASP Overview

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