City plan­ners want to close road­way split­ting flood-prone land

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS -

Plan­ners are mov­ing to close a road­way that sep­a­rates parcels of flood-prone land near Ross Creek, which the city pur­chased over the course of the past decade.

A city com­mit­tee heard Wed­nes­day that bare lots on Porcelian, Shale and Iron av­enues bi­sected by an al­ley­way com­prise the area, but plan­ners would like to con­sol­i­date the lots into a sin­gle par­cel.

Parts are be­ing be­ing used as over­flow space by the city’s solid waste de­part­ment, which has a shop on the south of the block fac­ing In­dus­trial Av­enue.

Since dam­ag­ing floods in 1995, 2010 and 2013, city pol­icy is to pur­chase lots in the area when they be­come avail­able in or­der to limit pri­vate devel­op­ment be­tween the Ross and Seven Per­sons creeks.

The by­law to close the laneway could be in­tro­duced in De­cem­ber, with a pub­lic hear­ing and fi­nal vote set to fol­low in Jan­uary.

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