A request to waive an area structure plan (ASP) on approximately five acres of land for a future country residential subdivision was recently denied by Wetaskiwin county council.
County of Wetaskiwin policy allows a first parcel out of a section of land to be subdivided without an ASP. However, once a third parcel out is reached — or beyond three — an ASP is required.
“We allow first parcel out. If it’s third parcel, overall there has to be other restrictions,” said David Blades, director of planning and economic development.
Council’s decision came during its Oct. 12 planning and economic development meeting.
Councillors were informed there is already a 20 acre parcel taken out of the property, owned by another individual. The five acre subdivision would create a third parcel.
Randy Richards, on behalf of applicant Kenneth McGladrie, told council both feel it is important to protect agricultural land and added the proposed land is not feasible farmland.
“This specific five acres is really attractive to the moles,” said Richards.
“We also believe in preventing the fragmentation of farmland,” he added.
Coun. Larry McKeever says the county’s policy does not support the request.
“They pretty much had an area structure plan put together there. I would not be in favour of waiving the area structure plan,” said Coun. Lyle Seely.