Developers looking to build residential properties in Grande Prairie’s downtown will have to start thinking on a larger scale. Senior Land Use Planner Stuart Wright says apartments will now be required to be a minimum of three stories and 24 units if they are within the Central Commercial District.
“It’s quite a considerable area that is covered. The expectation being that they will want smaller lots in the downtown, maybe to consolidate to actually put larger buildings on a few lots, rather than just a single lot and you build 6 to 9 units.”
Wraight says the idea behind the plan is to grow the population in the city’s downtown, encourage alternative means of transportation, and increase support of downtown businesses and activities.
For now the amendment is a temporary one as council may seek to add areas outside the downtown core to it further down the road.