By Justin Seward
County council, the Town of Redcliff and the City of Medicine Hat all have voted no to having a greenhouse corridor section in the Tri-Area Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP).
The IDP’s focus is to establish a regional framework for attracting economic opportunities and for managing land use, subdivision and development.
Those votes finalized the document after all the councils did second and third reading recently by each council. The plan also addresses issues of mutual interest between Medicine Hat .Redcliff and Cypress County.
“I think the three municipalities felt based on the comments that were made during the public hearing that there was a merit for especially the landowners, (who) had a considerable amount of agricultural land in that greenhouse corridor, that it was felt that there were provisions already in place to protect the established greenhouses so that they can remain viable going into the future,” said Jeffrey Dowling, Cypress County’s director of municipal services.
The greenhouse corridor was a proposal that was identified as specific area in the IDP where the established greenhouses were already located to protect their longevity in terms of being viable and protect from other incompatible uses being developed in close proximity.
The greenhouse corridor was replaced with potential growth area.