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At the June 12 Council meeting, the proposed Springbrook Local Area Structure Plan was given first reading by Council. The plan is intended to provide the next step to the Hamlet’s evolution into a complete community where people live, work, and recreate within a walkable community. The Plan area is the land located immediately south of the residential area of the Hamlet across Township Road 372 (Airport Drive), west of the CP railway adjacent to the regional park.The Hamlet of Springbrook experienced an increase in population growth as reported by Statistics Canada in its last round of Census in 2016. Springbrook had the highest rate of population growth at 39.7% surpassing all of its surrounding urban communities within Central Alberta. In contrast, Red Deer County’s population as a whole grew by 1228 between 2011 and 2016.Red Deer County is working hard to make this community a great place to live among many within the County. As a growing hamlet, it currently lacks the amenities and services required to make it truly a complete community. In addition, most employment centres and community centres where Springbrook residents work and gather are located outside of the Hamlet. The proposed Plan attempts to narrow these gaps where employment, commerce, and community gathering may be located within walking distance to the residents of Springbrook.The proposed Plan is using this opportunity to introduce a mix of land uses including institutional, commercial, industrial and open space. It is estimated that at full build out there may be close to 500 employees working within the area. The timing of development with the Plan area, however, is largely dependent on external factors such as the economy.There are other challenges to the Hamlet’s growth including access into the area from Highway 2A with the added complexity of the CP railway right next to it. The County and Alberta Transportation are in discussion to address this issue. At the time of writing, Alberta Transportation is conducting a study of the best solution for the said intersection.The public hearing for the proposed Springbrook South Local Area Structure Plan is scheduled for July 24 at the County Centre. This hearing is open to the public where Council considers comments heard prior to making any decision on the proposed Plan.