RM of Edenwold eases development restrictions

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Subdivisions were on the RM of Edenwold council table Dec. 15, with three applications related to the revision of property boundaries under consideration.

One involved a 21.59-acre piece of land near the correction line road. RM planning manager Jana Jedlic said the property owner sought to divide the single parcel into two. There were few future considerations of land needed for road expansion, as much of that right-of-way had already been secured.

Council approved first reading for the revision of the Official Community Plan maps and designation, as that property had an agriculture designation and needed to be changed to a CR1 residential. Final approval has to await a public hearing in the new year, as well as a sign-off from the provincial community planning branch.

A public hearing on the amendment of a zoning bylaw was also held on Dec. 15, with three components under consideration. The first affected the use of sea cans or containers in CR3 residential zones. There were no presentations from the public, either written or verbal.

RM planner Jessica Mitchell said the zoning bylaw amendment only applied to sea cans that were on the property “as an accessory use”.

“If someone were to come with a proposal to use sea cans as storage or to set up a storage facility, where somehow the sea cans were a principal use, Section 4.26 would not apply,” Mitchell said. “Section 4.26 says things like the sea can has to match the colour of your house and has to be in the back yard, five metres from the property line. Those kinds of things.”

The second component of that bylaw change is to alter the size of the side yard setbacks, as the rules were seen as “overly restrictive,” Mitchell said.

“It’s made development impossible on several lots which were small lots to begin with and then were on a corner so the setbacks we had in place left no room to develop,” Mitchell said.

The setback was reduced to five metres from 15 where the land abuts a road, and may need to be reduced further to facilitate development on small lots. An example of this is on Spruce Creek Road.

A third component sought to increase site sizes in high-profile commercial zones. That designation is now 10 acres, and Mitchell said a 20-acre size is advised to take into account the need for some larger high-profile commercial sites.

“We see no reason why a 20-acre high-profile commercial site shouldn’t be acceptable,” Mitchell said.

Council voted to approve all three readings of the bylaw change after the public hearing.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum