Deadline looming for comment on North Lougheed study

  • Apr. 28, 2011 10:00 a.m.
Most councillors favoured this option

Most councillors favoured this option

The deadline for commenting on what the city should do with the vast tract of land off Lougheed Highway is fast approaching.

If you didn’t attend an open house April 18, you have until May 2 to complete a survey online.

Three options were presented to council earlier this month by AECOM, which is leading a review of the North Lougheed land, with input from an agrologist, economist, land-use and urban planning experts, as well as a transportation engineer.

The $40,000 study is considering 50.9 hectares (125 acres) of land all the way to the yet-to-be built North Lougheed Connector, much of it agricultural.

The first option pitches development, including big stores, a hotel or conference centre, showrooms or a business park on 35 hectares (86 acres), while leaving 16 hectares (39.5 acres) for farming or other agricultural uses, like agri-food processing facility.

It’s an option that won’t cover the costs of building the road.

The second sets aside 12 hectares (30 acres) for farming, while the third proposes developing the entire site.

Both the second and third options would generate sufficient funds to build the proposed 3.6-kilometre North Lougheed Connector, which would stretch from Harris Road to Golden Ears Way.

• To take the survey, click here.