Numerous local sports organizations could soon see their dream of having a multi-sport dome to play in come true.
On Mar. 5, Red Deer County’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) approved a development permit application from The Dome Sports Ltd / 3J’s Management to build a 124,663 square-foot commercial recreation facility or Multi-Sports Dome in Gasoline Alley East.
The dome would be located along Energy Way, a paved road in the Energy Business Park, east of the QE2.
County officials say the facility will focus on off-season skill development for local athletes, sports and user groups.
Officials add the occupancy of the facility is currently planned for roughly 1,000 people which would only be anticipated during special tournaments.
It’s noted however the applicant will be required to obtain a special events permit for any major tournaments through the Red Deer County Community and Protective Services department.
The approved plan currently includes 285 parking stalls, a relaxation of 75 per cent from the County’s Land Use Bylaw, with County officials also pointing-out room for overflow parking at an adjacent land parcel.
Red Deer County researched similar facilities in size and use, with a comparable facility in Edmonton that provides 300 stalls for a 111,944 square-foot soccer dome.
It was indicated parking functionality at that facility is sufficient, with no requirement for overflow parking.
County officials say the parcel of land is currently bare but fully serviced and surrounded by a mix of commercial and business service industrial uses.
The subject parcel is also said to be located within the Gasoline Alley East Area Structure Plan and within the City of Red Deer / Red Deer County Intermunicipal Development Plan, identified as being within the County’s Growth Area.
The application was referred to both internal and external agencies, as well as adjacent landowners for comments and concerns but according to County officials, none have been received to date.
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