Saturday April 19, 2014

Rezoning would allow higher density on Hugh Allan

Council votes to send project to public hearing

Fraserview Development Corp. has applied to rezone its property at 1850 Hugh Allan Dr. from mobile home and low-density multi-family to bare land strata and a multi-family medium density apartment building.

The change would allow the construction of 73 single-family strata homes and a 60-unit apartment. That’s 30 more units than the current zoning.

City community development manager Randy Lambright said the developer has met guidelines by using a variety of building materials and creating peaked and shed style rooflines.

Staff recommended going to a public hearing for the rezoning.

Coun. Arjun Singh noted that at the last public hearing involving another development in that area, many neighbours raised concerns about traffic.

He wondered if a traffic analysis should be provided for the public hearing.

Lambright said the project is at Hugh Allan and Copperhead drives, two arterial roads built to handle large volumes of traffic. There is also a bus stop nearby.

The City did an analysis recently with the Ministry of Transportation at some intersections in the area and determined a traffic impact assessment wasn’t needed for this project, he said.

City administrator David Trawin said the two arterial roads are expected to handle the construction of 2,000 more housing units in Aberdeen.

Council voted unanimously to go to public hearing.

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