County of Wetaskiwin council approved re-zoning agriculture land to the hobby farm district after a public hearing held at their regular Planning and Economic Development meeting May 17.
Reeve Terry Van de Kraats opened the public hearing.
Director of Planning and Development David Blades presented the application to councilors.
“On December 6, 2018, Administration received an application from Shawn and Brenda Tylke to rezone approximately 15.38 acres (6.22 hectares) within SE 20-45-27-W4M from Agricultural (AG) to Agricultural Hobby Farm (AHF).
“If rezoning is approved, the Applicant intends to subdivide the Hobby Farm parcel and reconfigure the adjoining Rural Residential (RR) parcel to a rectangle shape. Both the Rural Residential (RR) parcel and the balance of the quarter are owned by the Applicant. The property is located south of Highway 13 approximately eight (8) kilometres along Range Road 274.”
Blades noted there is an existing first parcel out site to the west. The land in question contains a mixture of soils, which the county had examined. He confirmed that the soil productivity will not affect the application.
Referral letters were sent out for this application and it was publicly advertised. Blades confirmed no responses were received.
During discussion, councilors asked about access. It was stated during the public hearing there are four accesses to the area in question.
It was also noted during discussion the owner is no longer involved in farming, but wants to keep the current residence.
The public hearing was closed and council unanimously approved the re-zoning bylaw.