Re-zoning passed for G3 grain terminal July 17

County of Wetaskiwin council approves re-zoning from agriculture to industrial

The zoning is in place that will allow a new grain terminal to be built south of Wetaskiwin along Hwy. #2A.

During the County of Wetaskiwin’s Planning and Development meeting July 17, G3 Canada, planning to develop the grain terminal, a public hearing was held and an application to re-zone land was presented to council by Director of Planning and Development David Blades.

“On April 10, 2018, Administration received an application from G3 Canada Ltd to spot rezone approximately 6.71 acres (2.7 hectares) within SW 2-46-24-W4M from Agricultural (AG) to Industrial (IN),” stated Blades in his memo. If rezoning is approve the applicant intends to develop a proposed grain handling complex as outlined in the G3 Canada Limited. Area Structure Plan. The property is located just east of Highway 2A and north off of Township Road 460.”

Blades explained with a map that most of the parcel in question will actually remain in agricultural production. Only the 6.71 acre parcel that the terminal will sit on is actually being re-zoned.

Blades noted that, earlier that day, the proposal’s area structure plan was approved by council after the traffic study was finally completed.

Councilor Terry Van de Kraats echoed his comments from earlier in the day that he would like to see more of the grain-hauling traffic stack up on internal roads rather than on public roads.

Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers asked if any members of the public would like to comment on the re-zoning. About a dozen people were present.

A representative of the City of Wetaskiwin, Lisa Novotny said the city supports the grain terminal project but wanted to ensure Alberta Transportation’s feedback in the traffic study was considered.

Rooyakkers responded council just got the comments the day before, but that they were considered before the ASP was approved

A county resident named Bonnie Klein then spoke. She said her family was 50-year residents of the area and have seen a number of motorists drive through their fence. She said the area in question should be considered dangerous, especially when topography and sight liens are considered.

Councilor Van de Kraats noted signage will be placed for the grain terminal, but Klein wasn’t impressed. “Signs don’t seem to mean anything,’ she said.

Another residents of the area, Eldon Krause, spoke. He was concerned with drainage and standing water. He also wanted to know how Hwy. #2A would be widened, if needed.

Blades answered that the Hwy. #2A right-of-way already holds enough land for widening if necessary.

The hearing was closed, and the re-zoning was carried by council’s vote.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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