Council to wait for area structure plan

Council has complied with West Central Planning Commission’s request to give a yellow light to approving

Council has complied with West Central Planning Commission’s request to give a yellow light to approving a subdivision application within the Town of Rimbey.

At its Monday meeting council agreed to table a decision regarding approval of the subdivision until the developers Allan and Glenn Olson prepare an area structure plan.

In a letter to Lori Hillis, acting CAO for the Town of Rimbey and Dave Dittrick from Zap Municipal Consulting, Kemi D. Apanisile Burpi, municipal planner for West Central Agency said the application to create a 78.7-acre parcel had been received.

The parcel is located east of 40th Street and north of 50th Avenue in a rural part of town and is classified as urban expansion which allows for larger lots.

Representatives from West Central Planning Agency conducted a site visit to the proposed site and determined that the land characteristics were flat, with trees around the northern property line. Most of the line is open space.

“The opportunity for development in this area is significant given the scale of land to be subdivided and its proximity to existing urban land use,” Burpi said in his letter.

An area structure plan would provide a better understanding of what the long range planning objectives are on the subject area including road layout, water capacity and land use compatibility and other infrastructure requirements.

“This (requesting an area structure plan) is common practice,” said interim CAO Donna Tona. “It looks like it would be a high quality of development for Rimbey,” she added.