High River Land Use By­law hon­oured with award of merit from Al­berta Pro­fes­sional Plan­ners In­sti­tute

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - High River -

The Town of High River re­ceived a provin­cial Award of Merit yes­ter­day from the Al­berta Pro­fes­sional Plan­ners In­sti­tute (APPI) for the 2017 Land Use By­law (LUB).

The award was pre­sented to Khalid Mo­hammed, man­ager of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices for the Town of High River, at the APPI con­fer­ence awards lun­cheon on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1 in Kananaskis.

“Our Land Use By­law has now won a na­tional and a provin­cial award,” says Mo­hammed. “I am ex­tremely proud to re­ceive this award on be­half of the Town and hope that High River will con­tinue to be rec­og­nized as an in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity, mak­ing great con­tri­bu­tions to the plan­ning pro­fes­sion.”

The LUB was awarded in the Com­pre­hen­sive and Pol­icy Plan cat­e­gory and was se­lected for its con­tri­bu­tion to ad­vances in the field of plan­ning and in­creas­ing the pro­file of com­mu­nity plan­ning in the prov­ince. The award also rec­og­nized the Town’s part­ner for the de­vel­op­ment of the Land Use By­law, McEl­han­ney Con­sult­ing Ser­vices Ltd.

The Town of High River adopted its new Land Use By­law in April 2017. This ground-break­ing by­law con­sol­i­dated the Town’s pre­vi­ous 41 land use dis­tricts into six and serves as the Town’s rule­book to guide all fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in High River.

“In the years since the Al­berta floods, High River has uti­lized a ‘build it back bet­ter’ men­tal­ity and made sev­eral in­no­va­tive im­prove­ments,” says Mo­hammed. “These in­clude wide, pedes­trian-friendly side­walks, nat­u­ral­ized parks and green spa­ces and in­cor­po­rat­ing flood mit­i­ga­tion into ex­ist­ing pedes­trian and cycling path­way sys­tems for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and func­tion­al­ity.”

The new by­law is in­tended to of­fer more flex­i­bil­ity and op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Town, de­vel­op­ers and High River cit­i­zens, in or­der to help the Town build com­mu­ni­ties that are sus­tain­able, and bet­ter serve the needs of its peo­ple.

“Im­prove­ments have been made that re­move park­ing re­quire­ments for new de­vel­op­ments and elim­i­nate the need for a lengthy and restrictive ap­proval process for changes of use, such as build­ing ad­di­tional dwelling units for­merly re­ferred to as se­condary suites,” says Mo­hammed.

The Town’s Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices Di­vi­sion part­nered with McEl­han­ney Con­sult­ing Ser­vices Ltd., in early 2016 to per­form a ma­jor re­view of the ex­ist­ing Land Use By­law. The new ver­sion is more per­mis­sive than pre­scrip­tive and of­fers a strong dig­i­tal com­po­nent to make view­ing and search­ing the doc­u­ment sim­pler.

Each year the Al­berta Pro­fes­sional Plan­ners In­sti­tute rec­og­nizes ex­em­plary plan­ning within the plan­ning pro­fes­sion. Awards ac­knowl­edge mer­i­to­ri­ous plans and projects, un­der­taken in whole or in part by mem­bers of the In­sti­tute, that sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to the liv­abil­ity of com­mu­ni­ties in Al­berta, the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and Nu­navut. To learn more about the Town’s Land Use By­law, please visit www.high­river.ca/land-use-by­lawand-map

Photo con­trib­uted

(L-R): Maire McNamee of McEl­han­ney Con­sult­ing Ser­vices Ltd., Khalid Mo­hammed from the Town of High River, and Erin O Neill, APPI Pres­i­dent.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.