July 15th, 2024

Council facing light agenda for upcoming meeting

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on July 6, 2024.

Herald photo by Al Beeber City council on Tuesday will be asked to give first reading to Bylaw 6449 - a land Use bylaw amendment regarding The Crossings Phase 9 at 105 30 Street West.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

A light agenda on Tuesday will see city council consider a request from its Governance Standing Policy Committee to accept mayor Blaine Hyggen and councillor Jenn Schmidt-Rempel as its representatives on Team Lethbridge.

Consisting of representatives from various local organizations, Team Lethbridge is an advocacy and government relations effort in which meetings are staged with politicians and provincial departments in Edmonton.

This year’s will be the eighth such trip made to the provincial capital, the last being in 2022.

The mission focuses on three advocacy streams including elected officials, political staff and bureaucracy.

Trevor Lewington, chief executive officer of Economic Development Lethbridge, recently told the Governance SPC that the Team Lethbridge mission is about relationship building.

The first mission to Edmonton was in 2008.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, council will be asked to give first reading to Bylaw 6449 – a land Use bylaw amendment regarding The Crossings Phase 9 at 105 30 St. W.

The purpose to amend the land use classification from future urban development to comprehensive planned low density residential, mixed density residential, and parks recreation the property at Meridian 4, Range 22, Township 8, Section 27, Legal Subdivisions 13 and 14.

The proposed amendment will allow for residential development that a report to council by senior community planner Tyson Boylan says “is in compliance with the West Lethbridge Phase II Area Structure Plan and Garry Station Outline Plan.”

The amendment area is not yet subdivided and is undeveloped.

Boylan’s report says Garry Stations and The Crossings phases nearby have utilized the same land use districts, the most recently with bylaws approved in 2022 and 2019.

“The proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment would allow construction of single detached

dwellings on the sites that are proposed to be rezoned to Comprehensively Planned Low Density Residential (R-CL), and single detached Dwellings containing secondary suites on the sites that are proposed to be rezoned to Mixed Density Residential (R-M). The site that is proposed to be rezoned to P-R will allow for a stormwater management facility,” says the report.

A mixed residential district, proposed for nine parcels, will allow for single detached dwellings containing secondary suites and “will help to encourage a more diverse range of income groups and residents in the Garry Station and Crossings neighbourhoods,” says the report.

“The West Lethbridge Phase 2 Area Structure Plan (ASP) identified this approximate location for residential development. The Garry Station Outline Plan shows this area as low density residential and indicates that secondary suites can be allowed on corner Parcels or those with lane access, which can be accomplished under the proposed land use Districts,” it adds.

Council will also hear an encampment strategy update from Andrew Malcolm, General Manager of Community Social Development.

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