The County of Wetaskiwin approved a subdivision at their regular Planning and Economic Development council meeting June 13, but only at a smaller size parcel than originally requested.
An application came from Kathreen Bussard to subdivide a seven acre parcel. Bussard was represented by her agent Katelyn Slevinsky at the council meeting.
West Central Planning’s Jason Tran presented the application to councilors.
“On April 23, 2019, West Central Planning Agency (WCPA) received an application for a subdivision from Kathreen Bussard (Agent: Katelyn Slevinsky) within SE 19-44-22-W4M to subdivide out an existing yard site of approximately seven (7.0) acres (2.85 hectares),” stated Tran in his report to council.
“On May 9, 2019, a site inspection identified that the proposed lot has an existing approach and it is accessing onto Secondary Highway #822. The site is vacant and there is plenty of area for a suitable building site.
“There is a windmill of approximately 150m or 500 ft from the highway boundary and below this windmill is a water well. The proposed lot is cleared and in production. The proposed lot will need required improvements as a condition if approved.
“The proposed lot has only a windmill and a water well and, therefore, a real property report is recommended for this application since there are no existing buildings on the proposed lot,” adding in his memo that the quarter has no other subdivisions taken out of it.
Tran mentioned there is class 2 soil on this quarter, which is among the best agricultural land in the County of Wetaskiwin. He also noted the request for a seven acre parcel was bigger than the Municipal Development Plan allows and there was no justification given for the seven acre size. The MDP states new parcels should be five acres or less.
However, Tran said the applicant requested the seven acre request go before council anyway.
Slevinsky told council this land has been in the applicant’s family for over 100 years, the windmill is for a water well, there are plans to build a residence on the subdivided parcel and a septic field is included in the plans.
Councilors decided to approve the subdivision at the five acre size.