Concerns aired at Saunders Lake public hearings

A future of new land use around Saunders Lake is moving forward, following two public hearings on the matter.

Leduc County

Leduc County

A future of new land use around Saunders Lake is moving forward, following two public hearings on the matter.

“There was a good turnout. That’s what we hoped for,” said Leduc County mayor John Whaley, referring to the Oct. 25 hearings.

The idea to change land use around the lake from varying types of residential development, with the exception of a small area of business industrial development to business industrial, long-term agricultural use, while maintaining the health of the riparian area is a joint venture between Leduc County and the City of Leduc.

“We heard feedback from the residents in that area and some people who didn’t live in that area,” said Whaley.

He says those in the opposition do not want to see development around the lake and those who voiced support do want to see the development. “There was enough support and letters sent to us.”

“It was pretty even on both sides,” he added.

Residents’ main concerns voiced during the public hearings included how close commercial businesses would be to the lake and what access in the area would look like.

With the public hearings now completed county and city administration have to take the information collected to see how concerns can be alleviated.

Both municipalities are going to have to make to their Municipal Development Plan and the intermunicipal development plan. “After that we come down to the local area structure plan,” said Whaley.

In order to make those changes the matter will once again be brought before council; in an interview with the Pipestone Flyer Nov. 7 Whaley could not say exactly when Leduc County council would see it.