City discusses how MDP could affect residents

As the City of Lacombe continues to revise its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and seek input from the community by spreading awareness

  • Nov. 21, 2013 2:00 p.m.

As the City of Lacombe continues to revise its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and seek input from the community by spreading awareness about it, it is important to understand some of the specifics the MDP deals with.

“The MDP will talk about, to some extent, how neighbourhoods should be designed,” said Manager of Planning and Development for the City of Lacombe Lyla Peter.

She added in the last 20 years, Lacombe has seen a number of different designs.

She said that the revised MDP should provide a bit more guidance to developers when dealing with some of Lacombe’s key issues.

One example Peter gave was water.

She said Lacombe has a number of storm water ponds and lakes, meaning many developments will have to be built around wander somehow.

The MDP will lay out some guidelines to assist developers in deciding how to do that.

Roads and how they are laid out will also be examined in the MDP. Whether or not lanes will be required, if the roads should be arranged in a grid and how many cul-de-sacs should be included are examples of items that will be included within the plan.

Developers are also required to dedicate at least 10% of develop land in any development as park space which is donated to the municipality. This is known as a municipal reserve or MR.

Planner Jennifer Kirchner said that the MDP also looks at how these spaces are used.

Each area of the municipality will have different suggested uses for its municipal reserves that will be defined in the MDP.

Kirchner added that higher levels of government have some say in what is done with these spaces as well. For example, should the provincial government wish to build a new school in an area, that would be a priority option for the municipal reserve, said Kirchner.

The decisions as to what things should go where and how the MDP addresses them are based on a number of things. Legislation, type of land and what it can support as well as existing uses for that land and nearby areas all go into what the best options are for any area said Kirchner and Peter.

Peter said that things like these are the parts of the MDP that create something tangible residents of Lacombe will notice.

As such, they want Lacombians to be involved with the revising of the MDP, which is right now in a research phase, and share their ideas with the City.

“We want to know what the public thinks,” said Peter. “Whether it’s new, as in it hasn’t been built yet, or existing, how do they want their neighbourhood to be?”


Just Posted

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

Most Read