Commission concerned about density of 173 unit proposal in Hewlett Park

Approval for a proposed development in Hewlett Park subdivision which would include 173 units in apartment buildings and row houses

Approval for a proposed development in Hewlett Park subdivision which would include 173 units in apartment buildings and row houses, was deferred by Sylvan Lake Municipal Planning Commission at their meeting Nov. 18.

Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. submitted an application to construct two 63-unit apartment buildings, five 7-unit row houses and two 6-unit row houses on vacant land at the north end of Hagerman Road adjacent to the railway. The area would be called Westmore Village.

The motion for deferral requested a revised plan showing a decrease in the number of units, completion of a traffic impact study “to determine the level of service available through the intensification of the neighbourhood” and revisions so that the proposal is in compliance with the town’s Land Use Bylaw. The motion also requested reorientation of the apartment buildings to the north of the property instead of along the south boundary.

Minutes of the meeting indicated the 173 unit proposal is 83 units more than was contemplated in a 2007 Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA). The requested TIA should also analyze the intersection of 47th Avenue and Herder Drive to determine possible intersection improvements.

“The board expressed concerns on the density of the proposed development, requirement for an increased family amenity space, location of apartment buildings in relation to existing single detached dwellings, requirement for a Traffic Impact Assessment and clarity on development phasing,” stated the minutes.

In other business at the meeting, commission members approved a subdivision application to create three lots on the east side of Hinshaw Drive south of Herder Drive.

The proposal was a reapplication of a file which received conditional approval in September 2008 but was not proceeded with due to the economic downturn.

The area is already zoned for high density residential development.