City Council met for nearly six hours Monday night at its last scheduled meeting before October’s municipal elections. Some highlights from the meeting include the following items.
Development restrictions for land near railways approved
Council approved by-law changes that would put restrictions on new developments near railway tracks.
There would now be a 30-metre setback required for residential buildings, 15 metres for commercial and industrial ones.
City administration says there have been five derailments outside Grande Prairie’s rail yards since 2004.
Kensignton development proposal approved
Council has approved by-law and structure plan changes that will make way for a new development that will be called Kensington.
It is located on the west side of 116 Street between the railway tracks and 76 Avenue.
It would have room for a mobile home park, plus single family and high density residential developments. There will be about 1200 units all together.
Some neighbours had brought up concerns like more traffic and putting roads and buildings over where a major excavation for a sewer line had taken place.
Approval of a 35-hectare industrial area north of the railway tracks has been delayed. This could come back to a special council meeting to be held later.
Opioids resolution going to AUMA
City Hall will send a resolution about opioids to the next Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention.
It calls on the government to establish a provincial-municipal working group that would see the two levels of government work on the opioid crises.
Part of the resolution states that municipalities have “resources and knowledge ” that could lead to better interventions locally.
The convention will be held in November in Calgary.