An application to subdivide out a 7.5 acre parcel was defeated by County of Wetaskiwin council at their Planning and Development meeting Oct. 11.
The application for proposed subdivision, “First Parcel Out,” was for a parcel of land located at RW/18/27, NE 13-46-2-W5M and came from Jason and Vina Kimmy.
The application was presented to councilors by Jason Tran of West Central Planning Services.
“On August 27, 2018, West Central Planning Agency (WCPA) received an application for a subdivision from Jason and Vina Kimmy within NE 13-46-2-W5M to subdivide out a vacant yard site of approximately 7.5 acres (3.0 hectares),” stated Tran in his presentation to council.
“On September 19, 2018, a site inspection identified that the proposed lot has an existing approach and it is accessing onto Range Road 20 and is mainly covered with matured spruce trees and a few sheds.
“Additionally, there is a water well on site with a septic tank installed based on the completed application that was drilled in the1980’s, meaning that the applicant was not able to submit any formal record for this water well.
“However, there is no existing residential building on the proposed site and there is a suitable building site at the time of the inspection as the proposed building site would be a very small area of cleared agricultural land, which is at the southwest corner of the proposed lot.
“The remainder has an existing yard site with a cabin, is partly cleared, is in production, and zoned as Watershed Protection (WP). There is an existing approach with a culvert onto the Range Road 20 south of the proposed lot. There is another field approach approximately 200 meters north of the proposed lot.
“Furthermore, road widening was taken under Road Plan 4251EU along both sides of Range Road 20 and therefore road widening is not required for this proposed subdivision.”
Tran noted the application didn’t meet the Land Use Bylaw or Municipal Government Act rules.
Much discussion revolved around the facts the Kimmys specifically requested a parcel size of 7.5; the Municipal Development Plan notes five acres is better suited when taking agriculture land out of production and up to seven acres is permitted by the Administrative Approval of Simple Subdivisions.
Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers, looking at the council memo, stated the land was not ideal farmland in the first place. “The soil is poor,” said Rooyakkers.
Councilor Lyle Seely said he wondered why the extra 0.5 acres was included and therefore saw no reason to set aside the policies.
Tran said, apparently, the size was linked to a proposed land sale.
Councilors voted to decline the application.