The Tripp Lands area, located west of the Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club and northwest of the 60th Street/CN track intersection, came before Council on Monday evening. A unanimous vote was passed by Council to approve the Tripp Lands Outline Plan.
Tripp Lands has been designed as a comprehensively planned residential neighbourhood that incorporates a variety of housing types, a school site and open spaces while providing pedestrian connections to surrounding amenities. According to the Tripp Land Outline Plan, Sylvan Lake has a young and growing population.
“To reflect the young dynamic of the community, the Tripp Lands neighbourhood has been designed to provide a range of more affordable housing options for young families looking for smaller starter homes while still being close to amenities a future school site and recreational open spaces,” explained the outline plan.
Tripp Lands has been designed with four different residential land use districts to provide a variety of housing options for residents. This range of land uses, along with various housing styles, will provide housing options that allow residents to age in place and modify their housing choice as their needs or preferences change.
The mixture of housing types, at various price points, provided in Tripp Lands also increases the amount of affordable housing options by allowing residents to select a housing option that best suits their lifestyle, family size, needs, preferences and price range.
Tripp Lands has been designed with one park space surrounding the stormwater management facility, a shared school site, linear park connections, a preserved tree area and pocket parks. The open spaces distributed throughout the neighbourhood are intended to provide convenient access to parks for residents in all areas of the community. The Tripp Lands open space network has been designed to incorporate existing natural spaces including a trail along Golf Course Creek and potential nature trail in the existing treed area. A grand entryway has been designed off of 60th Street to welcome residents and visitors into the Tripp Lands neighbourhood. This roadway includes a landscaped median and boulevards framed by the commercial area to the north and pond to the south.
“The Tripp Lands neighbourhood has been designed as a unique neighbourhood that provides high quality residential, commercial, educational and recreational spaces for residents and the surrounding community,” explains the outline plan for the area.
In January of 2016, the Tripp Lands area was annexed into the Town of Sylvan Lake from Red Deer County. The historic land use associated with the area was agricultural in nature dating back to the early 1900’s. Based on information gathered, it is understood that the area to be known as Tripp Lands was purchased in June of 1912 by a group of men including John Franklin Webb Boyce who helped found the Red Deer Horticultural Society and the Red Deer Public Library.
Most recently, the area was owned by the Tripp family who used it for crop production over the last fifty years.