Updated vision to be presented for London Road neighbourhood

By Geoff Smith (@smithco on Twitter)
April 11, 2017 - 10:28am

LETHBRIDGE - The city says a 35-year-old master plan for the London Road neighbourhood has done its job. Now it's time for an updated plan.

An open house has been scheduled to present the new version of the London Road Area Redevelopment Plan. People will be able to see it and make comments Wednesday, April 12, 4:30-7 p.m. at City Hall.

"London Road is a desirable neighbourhood today," community planner Andrew Malcolm said in an interview. "But just because of how old it is there was a need to review it and modernize it."

Malcolm explained the 1982 plan identified some of the more run-down areas of the neighbourhood, which have since turned around as a result. He feels while those areas are now among the area's nicest, attention needs to be turned to some other areas.

He added the overall guideline will still be for low-density residential development.

"So, the majority of the neighbourhood will retain single-detached dwellings, some secondary suites, and potential for duplexes," Malcolm said. "And then we'll be targeting higher densities, so maybe some apartments or some townhouses, to some very specific areas along some of the major corridors in the neighbourhood."

The plan will also include some increased built-form regulations, and also set out regulations on transportation, infrastructure, and parks.

People who can't attend Wednesday's open house in person will be able to visit the city's website afterwards to see the presentations and provide feedback.

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