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Posted on: November 21, 2018

Gasoline Alley West Becomes County's Newest Hamlet

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After a recent Council decision, Gasoline Alley has gone from a business park to its own hamlet after Council approved the creation of the community.

The hamlet will be administered by Red Deer County. Red Deer County Director of Planning and Development Dave Dittrick, said the biggest benefit to becoming a hamlet is the reduction of costs for natural gas.

“Rural residents and businesses face higher utility service connection fees than their urban neighbours,” said Dittrick. “Creating a hamlet will enable the County to enter into franchise utility agreements, which will level the playing field for developers in Gasoline Alley West.”

Council gave unanimous approval to the new hamlet at their Oct. 2 council meeting.

The boundaries of the new hamlet are Hwy 2 to the east, McKenzie Road to the south, Range Road 275 in the west and Waskasoo and Laura Avenues to the north.

With the approval, Gasoline Alley becomes the eighth hamlet in Red Deer County, joining Lousana, Ardley, Dickson, Spruce View, Markerville, Benalto and Springbrook.

Developers in both Springbrook and Gasoline Alley West had sent a request to the County to enter into franchise agreements for utility connections. By becoming a hamlet, the franchise agreement with a natural gas distributor allows the fees for connections decrease significantly for developers.

Evidence of Gasoline Alley’s growth can be found in many new developments in the community. The Hamlets at Red Deer is an independent seniors’ living community that is set to open this fall. The community will have 184 living spaces. In addition, Liberty Landing is planned to have 700 homes built in Gasoline Alley. Show homes for Liberty Landing opened for viewing in September.

Work also continues on an $80 million realignment of the QEII and its path through Gasoline Alley. When completed it will have collector-distributor roads through the Gasoline Alley corridor and three reconstructed bridges and two new bridges.

In the future, the boundaries could be expanded as new subdivisions are created and services are expanded.

Gasoline Alley West is a community that includes a mix of residential, commercial and industrial uses. It is a connected community, which accommodates a variety of transportation options including biking, walking, vehicle and transit to serve residents and business. It is a complete community that promotes the efficient use of land, healthy environments, job growth and business diversity.

The area included within the hamlets boundaries are zoned for residential, commercial and some industrial.

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