County hears tree coverage remains important in rural conservation

Despite concerns recently voiced to the County of Wetaskiwin council, councillors approved the three readings

County of Wetaskiwin No.10

Despite concerns recently voiced to the County of Wetaskiwin council, councillors approved the three readings of an area structure plan (ASP) needed to rezone 52 acres of land from agriculture to rural conservation during their Dec. 8 Planning and Economic Development meeting.

The land in question located at NE 1-45-23-W4M was proposed to be subdivided into three lots for family members of the applicant.

Rural conservation zoning allows lots as small as 10 acres on land that has 60 per cent tree coverage.

The ASP states the three proposed lots east of the Battle River will keep their tree coverage under rural conservation zoning while land with agricultural value west of the river would remain in agricultural production.

One option presented to council was to enter into an agreement with the applicant that they would work to increase tree coverage at the time of subdivision development.

Another option was to relax tree coverage to 45 per cent and allow some of the land to remain clear for hay production.

Opposition voiced at the meeting centered around the county and the Municipal Development Plan standing pat despite requests in the proposed ASP, leaving 60 per cent tree coverage.

The applicant stated he was already committed to that. “The intent here is to ensure tree coverage is maintained,” said Bob Riddett, planning consultant, on behalf of the applicant.

 

Just Posted

Millet Fish and Game celebrates 30 years

Three decades marked with awards banquet, charity fundraiser

Red Deer will officially be the home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo

CFR has potential to bring in an economic impact of $20-30 million

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Major announcement planned for Tuesday at Westerner Park

Hopes are that the CFR will be relocating to Red Deer

Highway contractor announces bankruptcy Jan. 16

Carillion says financial woes will not affect operations in Alberta

Season opener ice race

Ice races held annually on Pigeon Lake

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Most Read