County of Wetaskiwin approves Land-use Bylaw Apr.12

County of Wetaskiwin approves Land-use Bylaw Apr.12

County council discusses public hearing comments

The County of Wetaskiwin has a new Land-use Bylaw, after it was formally approved at the Planning and Economic Development meeting Apr. 12.

The proposed Land-Use Bylaw was presented to councilors in their agenda by director of Planning and Development David Blades. “Over the past several years, Administration has been steadily working on a new Land Use Bylaw to replace the current Land Use Bylaw 95/54,” stated Blades in the memo.

“Open houses for the review of the Land Use Bylaw were held in conjunction with the open houses for the Municipal Development Plan, which was adopted in 2010. Public consultation during the Recreation Vehicle (RV) amendments to the Bylaw was extensive over the 2012 to 2015 time period.

“Most recently in 2017, the Land Use Bylaw Planning Committee of the County of Wetaskiwin has also provided a thorough of the proposed amendments and brought forward several key proposed amendments and updates to the current Land Use Bylaw 95/54.”

Blades noted a public hearing had been held Oct. 12, 2017 that included input from the public, including topics like off-highway vehicles and RVs.

“At the October 12, 2017 Council for Planning and Economic Development meeting, a public hearing was held with the intent that council would approve the proposed Land Use Bylaw 2017/48.

“A number of delegates, including both resident and non-resident county landowners, were in attendance at the October 12, 2017 public hearing and several people spoke to both the current and proposed new Land Use Bylaw. The majority of comments were directed towards the Recreation Vehicle (RV) regulations under the current Land Use Bylaw 95/54 that was amended by Bylaw 2015/10 and in particular how the regulations related to the multi-parcel Country Residential subdivisions in the Mulhurst Bay area of the County.

“Other than the discussion regarding RVs, the only other comment made with respect to the new Land Use Bylaw was a request for a diagram to be included under Section 9.3 of proposed Land Use Bylaw 2017/48, Environmental Protection Measures, to provide a visual of what constitutes a steep bank. Administration has worked on a diagram and has added this to the Bylaw under Appendix I.”

Blades also noted the proposed LUB already received first and second reading. He stated few documents at the county office affect residents as much as the LUB.

Councilors discussed parts of the proposed LUB, including RVs, mobile homes in subdivisions and second residences for compassionate care.

Councilors unanimously approved the new LUB.

Councilor Terry Van de Kraats, acting as chair for the meeting, said it was a long process. “It’s taken a while, but it’s done,” he added.