Historic farmyard gets subdivision Sept. 13

Homestead is 100 years old

The County of Wetaskiwin granted a lot line adjustment for an applicant who has a farmsite that’s about 100 years old.

At the regular council Planning and Development meeting Sept. 13, Jason Tran of West Central Planning presented an application

“On July 12, 2018, West Central Planning Agency received an application for subdivision from an agent Dylan Graff and Amanda Macarthur within NE 34-44-22-W4M to expand an existing yard site from 6.67 acres (2.7 hectare) an approximately thirteen (13) acres (5.3 hectares), as shown on the West Central Planning Agency subdivision drawing dated July 25, 2018,” stated the meeting agenda.

“The remainder of the parcel is mainly cleared and it is clearly in production.”

Tran noted the yard in question is quite old. “The existing Certificate of Title of the yard site of approximately 2.7 Hectares (6.67 acres) existed many years ago, possibly prior to 1960,” stated the agenda item.

“As such, there are no subdivision records related to the original subdivision.

“Camrose County has no objections to the adjustment of boundaries as per their email dated August 1, 2018. No other comments or concerns have been received from other agencies or utilities, or from adjacent landowners.

“The Applicant has provided the following reason for the lot line adjustment: Because it existed ‘as per historical farm site (12 acres +/)’ based on the information on the subdivision application form that was completed by the Applicants. The farm site is surrounded by a shelterbelt which is mainly matured spruce trees. Also, the existing shelter belt running along the existing well site access road which is to the west of the proposed lot.

“The area to be included with the proposed lot, north of the existing Certificate of Title, is mainly cleared pasture land with one (1) dugout.”

Tran noted during his presentation that the application didn’t meet requirements of the Municipal Development Plan or the Land Use Bylaw. The agenda package echoed those concerns, stating, “…but at this time it should be noted that the proposal does not comply with the Municipal Development Plan, Policies 6603 and 6610, and Land Use Bylaw 2017/48.”

Surveyor Adam Pluim spoke on behalf of the applicant and stated the land is rolling hills with a dugout in the wetland. He said other historic farmyards in the county are similar in size.

Councilor Bill Krahn stated the parcel in question could not be called good farmland.

Staff noted that if council approved the request, it should be with the following conditions:

The applicant is to engage an Alberta Land Surveyor to prepare a plan of subdivision as shown on the West Central Planning Agency (WCPA) subdivision drawing with a revised size to an approximate size of 5.3 hectares (13 acres) for registration at Land Titles Office.

Have the sewage disposal system on the proposed lot inspected by Superior Safety Codes and submit a copy of this report to the county and West Central Planning Agency. If the system does not meet current standards, the developer must upgrade it and provide a report certifying that this has been done and meets provincial safety codes.

If necessary, upgrade the existing approach into the proposed lot and the remainder to meet County of Wetaskiwin standards. County standards require a minimum 500 mm (20 inch) steel culvert with a 7m (23 foot) driving surface. On completion of the work, contact the county’s Planning and Economic Development Department to arrange for inspection. Please note that there will be a fee of $100 per approach for site inspection of approaches for new subdivisions, this includes the initial site inspection of the approach(es). If deficiencies are noted and subsequent inspections required, an additional fee of $100 will be levied for each subsequent inspection. All payments must be received by the county prior to any site inspections.

Obtain the leaseholder’s written approval if you intend to use the existing oilfield road for access into the remainder of the quarter section, and provide a copy of that approval prior to endorsement.

Property taxes must be at a zero ($0) balance.

Councilors approved the subdivision request with the above conditions.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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