The draft plan for Brandon’s southwest corner envisions primarily residential development, with extensive greenspace and only a small amount of space for neighbourhood commercial. Three new roundabouts are proposed for new collector and arterial streets. (GRANT HAMILTON / BRANDON SUN)
The city’s vision for nearly 400 acres on the southwest edge of Brandon includes residential, greenspace and mixed use elements.
Brandon’s planning and building safety department is presenting the draft Southwest Brandon Secondary Plan at an open house today at city hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"The plan calls for development, predominantly to be residential in nature," said community planner Andrew Mok.
Mok said it would be a mix of low to moderate density housing, which would include single-family dwellings, townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings.
"These policies are meant to be a broad framework for which the developers can then, through their own neighbourhood plans, develop these lands," Mok said.
The land is located between Maryland Avenue and Patricia Avenue, spanning from 26th to 34th streets, and further west to the city boundary. The privately owned land was brought into the City of Brandon municipality in 2012 as part of an annexation request from developers.
The planning and building safety department has been working on the secondary plan since February. A workshop was held in August, where interested members of the public were invited to provide feedback on how the land should be developed.
The highlights of the proposed plan will be presented at the open house today in the main foyer of city hall. Maps outlining land use, open space and amenities, servicing and transportation will be available for residents to view.
The goal of the secondary plan is to provide a framework that would help "build a healthy and balanced community" by promoting a diversity of land uses that includes schools, greenspaces (both active recreation areas and passive open spaces), residential uses for different socio-economic levels and neighbourhood retail and commercial uses to serve these residential areas.
The "mixed use" component is designed to provide retail and personal services within walking distance.
As for infrastructure, the plan says all developments in the area shall ensure the availability of a full range of services including potable water supply and distribution, sanitary sewers, sanitary pumping facilities, storm water management facilities and storm drainage facilities.
The plan also calls for a multi-modal transportation system that includes walking, cycling, transit and driving that are seamlessly connected, safe and convenient.
The public is invited to take a look at the proposed plans and provide feedback.
"After this open house, any feedback that we do receive we will assess … and edit the plan as necessary," Mok said. "After that we will eventually begin the formal adoption process with council, so that means adopting it as a bylaw … and this would include a public hearing as well down the road."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 24, 2013