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New neighbourhood design includes residential, commercial, parks

The non-statutory Dodd’s Lake Outline Plan has been over two years in the regulatory making.

The non-statutory Dodd’s Lake Outline Plan has been over two years in the regulatory making.

Work on an outline plan for the Greenwood property in Innisfail began in 2008 with initial concepts being reviewed by Innisfail’s municipal administration, according to the town’s municipal planner.

Craig Teal reported on the plan’s progress last month before council voted in favour of it.

By January of 2010 contract firm AECOM had prepared sufficient planning and engineering materials for further review.

A revised plan was submitted to town officials five months later and reviewed again by administration. There were a few items needing followup discussion/revision.

The outline plan council has adopted was submitted in January 2010 and incorporates all of the comments provided by administration.

The plan council has adopted includes:

Residential

* A mix of housing numbering approximately 14.55 units per hectare of developable land.

* 736 housing units - 42 per cent of which are single detached dwellings, nine per cent are duplexes, 14 per cent are row house developments and 35 per cent are apartments.

Commercial

A 0.83 ha site has been identified for local commercial convenience.

The location will serve the needs of the immediate neighbourhood, future employees in the industrial area to the east and traffic along C&E Trail, reported Teal.

Transportation

The collector road network is made up of three main roadways - two east-west and one north-south.

A 15-metre wide strip on land along the west side of C&E Trail and a three-metre road widening, provide opportunity for noise and visual attenuation measures.

Parks/open space/natural areas

Features include a 10-metre wide environmental reserve along the north shoreline of Dodd’s Lake and two wetlands.

A series of local parks is dispersed throughout the area, and trails lead through most parts of the residential area.

Drainage changes:

* The drainage route for the lake will be relocated and natural vegetation will be used to landscape along the new location

* Landowners downstream of the plan area may experience longer periods during which the channels and intermittent creeks across their land flow with water. Teal says this should be addressed through formal drainage rights-of-way agreements.