Environmental reserve appeal denied by SDAB

Subdivision Development Appeal Board says ER must stay in plan

A property owner’s appeal to the County of Wetaskiwin’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board has been denied.

At their Planning and Economic Development council meeting Nov. 8 councilors read the decision of the SDAB for an appeal by Ian and Elspeth Whitby.

“On July 11, 2019, Council resolved to approve subdivision RW/19/10 for Ian and Elspeth Whitby within NE 1-45-7-W5M to create a Severed Agricultural Parcel of approximately 34.2 acres (13.8 hectares),” stated the agenda meeting memo.

“Mr. & Mrs. Whitby appealed the decision of Council and a Municipal Government Board (MGB) hearing was held on September 20, 2019, with results being received on October 21, 2019 for Decision: MGB 044/19, Whitby v County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 (Subdivision Authority).

“The “Overview” of the decision can be found on Page 1 as follows: “The SA conditionally approved a subdivision application to create a 34 acre parcel from a 88.32 acre parcel. The subject property is fragmented by a creek.

“The Appellant disagreed with the condition requiring Environmental Reserve (ER) dedicated along Horseshoe Creek and asked the MGB to delete the condition.

“The MGB determined that to best protected the provincial interest and ensure the creek is preserved into the future, ER dedication is necessary as a condition of subdivision.

“ER requires lands be maintained in its natural state and allows the County enforcement avenues if there are problems in the future that would not be available to a landowner.”

“In summation, the appeal was denied and the subdivision was approved with the existing conditions.”

Councilors unanimously accepted the SDAB report for information.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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