Crowsnest Pass council continues to make steps toward increasing the number of residents who will have a place to call home by rezoning various properties in the municipality to a residential designation.
During the July 6 council meeting, two amendments to the land-use bylaw passed second and third reading.
Bylaw 1079 rezones a property lot in Bellevue, located on 211th Street, east of 22nd Avenue. The property was rezoned from recreation and open space to residential (R-1), which will allow the sale of the property to a developer interested in building a single-family dwelling at the location.
The second amendment, Bylaw 1080, closes and removes municipal reserve designations on a lot in Blairmore near the corner of 15th Avenue and 135th Street. Having passed second and third readings, the property can now be transferred to the purchaser and a future amendment to rezone the land from recreation and outdoor space to R-1 residential will come before council.
The property was purchased by an adjacent landowner who intends to build a garage on the property.
One other land-use bylaw amendment passed first reading during the July 6 meeting. Bylaw 1083 redesignates the Bellevue Inn’s property from retail commercial to multi-family residential.
The inn was originally constructed in 1924 by West Canadian Collieries in order to replace two hotels that had burned down in Bellevue seven years prior. The inn closed about a year ago.
The owner of the property intends to renovate the Bellevue Inn into an apartment building consisting of 12 to 14 long-term rental units. The bar on the main level will be removed as part of renovations.
The property offers on-site parking off 212th Street, with 11 stalls and two to three tandem stalls.
The municipality’s development plan identifies the need for apartment and low-maintenance housing options. Administration believed the proposed renovations at the Bellevue Inn, with its residential appearance and front yard, fit into the development plan.
Coun. Dean Ward said the proposed development would help address the municipality’s housing shortage, which was something the municipality desperately needed.
“Last week there was a one-bedroom apartment in Blairmore for rent for $1,100 a month, plus utilities. That same apartment less than a year ago was going between $600 to $700 a month,” he said. “We have a demand here but we have no supply.”
A public hearing for rezoning the Bellevue Inn property will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the MDM Community Centre in Bellevue.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze