An application to re-zone agriculture and rural residential land to hobby farm was approved by County of Wetaskiwin council after a public hearing at their May 17 Planning and Economic Development meeting.
The application was presented by Director of Planning and Development David Blades.
“On March 12, 2019, Administration received a combined application from Bob Haines and Jim & Judy Gibson to rezone approximately seventeen (17.0) and three (3.0) acres (6.88 and 1.21 hectares) within SE 18-47-25-W4M from Agricultural (AG) and Rural Residential (RR) to Agricultural Hobby Farm (AHF),” stated the agenda memo.
“If rezoning is approved, the Applicants intend to complete a lot line adjustment to expand the existing rural residential acreage to a larger hobby farm. The property is located north of Township Road 472 along Range Road 255.”
Reeve Terry Van de Kraats opened the public hearing.
Blades said referrals for the application were sent out, and the proposal was advertised in the newspaper; no public comments were received. He stated the soil rating of the property is below 30 per cent, so it’s not a factor in the re-zoning.
Blades also noted the proposal met the requirements of the hobby farm zoning.
Van de Kraats closed the public hearing, and councilors unanimously approved all readings of the re-zoning bylaw.