Trochu Open House features Area Structure Plan and Senior’s Housing Facility

Seniors ASP Trochu

Attending the May 28 Town of Trochu’s open house for their Area Structure Plan (ASP) and Seniors’ Housing Facility were about 50 residents, including Council and those with the consulting firms. Dillon Consulting welcomed everyone to study the Northwest Area Structure Plan, described as a long range, statutory planning document, a road map for future development. The plan discusses the sequence of development of the area, future land uses, population densities, and general location of transportation corridors and public utilities. This ASP includes uses for residential, seniors housing and commercial land. The development will be phased in. Those residents attending were asked to place dots on their top three priorities of the eight goals that guide the development in this ASP. The goals are important to efficiently manage growth, maintain existing physical characteristics of the area, and address key constraints and opportunities identified during the planning process. The ASP also recognizes the desired location for the senior’s housing project.

The Town is going through this process as it has identified the need for developable land to provide opportunities and residential neighbourhoods that attract new businesses, residents and industry while serving the local community. Major factors identified for the growth of the community includes a new seniors housing facility, to allow local residents to age in place, as well as attract other seniors from surrounding areas. Another factor will be the Kannaba Cannabis Plant that could bring in an influx of new employment opportunities and new families looking to live and work in Trochu. The plan is to support and encourage this growth by the addition of new commercial and railway business lands, to encourage economic activity and provide services and retail opportunities. A colour-coded proposed area structure land use map was available for everyone to ponder. Housing types were also included. Six examples were shown such as townhouses, tri-plex housing, single detached, rear access parking, semi-detached dwelling, and front attached garages.

Steps in the process are to begin with Council giving first reading of the ASP, then the plan is circulated to get public input and a public hearing is then held. With those results and any changes, Council will adopt the ASP.

The latter half of the open house went to the architect to explain, to show the potential plans for the Trochu Supportive Seniors’ Home, including the proposed floor plans for an Independent living one bedroom suite and a two-bedroom suite, a studio and bariatric unit, Lodge studio and a one-bedroom unit. Floor plans for the entire main floor and second level floor were also laid out. Plans include an underground parkade for the facility.

Said Deputy Mayor Bill Cunningham, “We (Council) wanted to have something to show the people. Many in this group here tonight took the tours of other senior facilities. We think we’ve got something pretty good here but we can make changes, depending on the will of the residents.”