County council agrees area structure plans necessary

Alder Flats resident requests waiver of area structure plan

An Alder Flats resident’s request to have an area structure plan waived by County of Wetaskiwin council was denied at the regular Planning and Economic Development meeting May 17.

The issue was presented to councilors by director of Public Works David Blades.

“On April 29, 2019, Administration received email correspondence from Ms. Elaine Goldade requesting that Council waive Policy 61.1.6 and allow her to move forward with a waiver of the Area Structure Plan requirement for the property located described as Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 0824350, SW 4-46-7-W5M within the Hamlet of Alder Flats,” stated the agenda memo.

The letter, from Elaine Goldade, read:

“My name is Elaine Goldade and I am a property owner in Alder Flats. I purchased the property at #307 4th Street West (5-7-46-4SW) in 2009, it is a 1.33 acre property.

“At the time of purchases it had a mobile home on the southwest corner of the property. I removed the trailer and built a home on the east side of the property. I would like to downsize my living arrangements and would like to subdivide the property and place another home where the original mobile was. I would request that the county waive the Area Structure Plan requirement.

“Before submitting my waiver application, I had a phone consultation with Jason from West Central Planning on what I was wanting to do. Jason encouraged me to ask for a waiver of the Area Structure Plan requirement and thought that it may be granted due to the nature of the subdivision and the location in Alder Flats.

“The current 1.33 acres would be subdivided into 2 lots. The first lot would be approximately 0.83 acres and is the east portion of the original lot I will refer to as the existing home/lot. The second lot will be approximately 0.5 acres and I will refer to it as the proposed lot.

“The proposed lot has all utilities, including sewer, gas and electricity already in place. I would drill a new water well to supply the proposed lot. At this time the only change will be the need to have a new access into the proposed lot off of the county road as the existing lot will retain the current driveway and access.”

Councilor Kathy Rooyakkers stated that the number of lots in an application often influences what the ASP looks like.

CAO Rod Hawken reminded councilors that the ASP contains the only official avenue for public consultation, and if waived, the public has no way to officially comment on an application.

Blades also noted in his memo, “Also, Administration notes that depending on the proposal, not all Area Structure Plans need significant studies and reports to justify the proposal for subdivision. In cases where proposals result in one (1) or two (2) lots, generally proof of water supply, adjacent landowner consultation, access to the properties in question, and intended land use will help to satisfy the requirements related to an Area Structure Plan Application.”

Councilors eventually decided by a 4 to 3 vote to remove the fee related to Waiver of Area Structure Plan Applications and advise individuals that Council will not entertain any requests to go outside of Requirements for an Area Structure Plan Policy 61.1.6, meaning that all individuals would be required to complete an Area Structure Plan Application, albeit in varying detail dependent on the nature of the Application.

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin RCMP Investigate Aggravated Assault

Natasha Bull, 33, has been arrested

County of Wetaskiwin approves small land purchase

Total of $350 worth of land for road upgrade project

Pasta this week with optional sauces

Red or white pasta sauce recipes included

County: Louis Bull Tribe must send us more info

In 2017, tribe requested county taxpayers build $11 million overpass

Learn how to ‘crime proof’ your license plate in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP to promote anti license plate theft

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Central Alberta Buccaneers punch ticket to AFL Final

28-20 win over Fort Mac sets up likely date against Calgary Wolf Pack

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

What could be next? Five questions in the SNC-Lavalin saga

Will police lay charges? Will report resonate with voters? Will Jody Wilson-Raybould get re-elected?

Most Read