Tuesday September 02, 2014

New housing project on track

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A major new housing development is planned for the northeast corner of the city.

Yorkton Council at its regular meeting Monday gave unanimous first readings to amendments to the City’s Municipal Development Plan Bylaw and its Zoning Bylaw, both steps to seeing the development move forward.

The application to amend the two bylaws was made to establish a Residential Land Use Designation for a 13.7 hectare (33.9 acre) acre parcel.

“The property was formerly under the jurisdiction of the RM of Wallace, but has recently been incorporated into the City,” explained City Planner Michael Egers at the meeting Monday. “… The proposed Land Use Designations would allow for private development of a mixed-density residential neighbourhood.”

“The change in Land Use Designation is necessary to accommodate residential growth. The preliminary plans provide for a balance of single- and multi-unit dwellings which will help the City to achieve desired density targets (six units per gross acre in the draft Official Community Plan).”

Under the proposed Building Concept, multi-unit dwellings would be concentrated along Husky Road, and single-detached dwellings throughout the remnant parts, detailed an administrative report circulated to Council.

Eger said the proposed plan includes green space.

“The development also incorporates sufficient park and open space, which will prevent home development in the Floodway Fringe and compliment Yorkton Creek with desirable pathway amenities,” he said.

With Council giving the amendments first reading the proposal will now go to the public notice process, including advertisement in the local newspaper, at City Hall and on the City website, and circulation to property owners within 75 m of the subject property.

It will then go the Planning and Infrastructure Commission for its review before coming back to Council for second and possible third readings.

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