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MD approves land use by-law amendments

After a 4.5-hour public hearing, and 10.5 hours of deliberation behind closed doors, MD of Willow Creek council approved amendments to its land use by-law with minor changes.
The decision came Wednesday after Reeve Henry Van Hierden and Coun. Ian Sundquist declared a conflict of interest and left the meeting because they both own gravel pits.
Deputy Reeve Neil Wilson then assumed the chair.
The MD of Willow Creek had proposed making several amendments including removing several non-agricultural land uses from the “Rural General” designation requiring certain recreational or industrial proposals to be re-zoned before a development permit can be filed.
A public hearing was held on Jan. 9 to gather input, and council deliberated in a closed session on Jan. 14-15.
Those minor changes included:

  • Deleting “commercial uses” from the list of prohibited uses in the “Rural General” district.
  • Deleting “rural industry” from the list of discretionary uses in the “Rural General” district.
  • Deleting the words “rural industry” from the list of discretionary uses in the “Rural Hamlet” district.
  • Adding the word “council’s” to the section on the Hamlet of Parkland’s direct control district, because all decisions on development are now made by all of council and none by the municipal planning commission.
  • Adding the words “regionally sensitive area, riparian area or a water body” after environmentally significant in the area structure plan section of the grouped country residential district.
  • Deleting the words “residential additions” from the list of discretionary uses in the “Rural Small Holdings” district.
  • Deleting the words “rural industry” from the list of discretionary uses, and the words “commercial uses” from the list of prohibited uses, in the “Reservoir Vicinity” district.
  • Make the definition of “flood prone” part of the definition of “flood plain.”

MD of Willow Creek planner Burla explained the Oldman River Regional Services Commission will incorporate all the changes into the land use by-law.
MD of Willow Creek chief administrative officer Cynthia Vizzutti said copies will be available at the front desk of the office and on the Web site.
“I’d like to thank council for their time and effort,” Burla said.
Wilson then expressed council’s appreciation to administration and Burla for their efforts.

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