Two proposed property rezonings successfully passed second and third readings at the July 26 Pincher Creek town council meeting.
The first, Bylaw 1547-AL, rezones a plot of land at the junction of Veteran’s Street and Highway 6 from transitional/urban reserve to transitional commercial (C4).
The amendment to the land-use bylaw finalizes the sale of the property to Wild Winds Brewery. The transitional commercial zoning is for a retail and restaurant business and also allows as a discretionary use (that is, with further review and approval) residential options like single-family dwellings and apartments.
The company’s plan is to build a microbrewery and taphouse connected to two Airbnb suites. Jen Rogers and Tim Prince, Wild Winds Brewery owners, will also have their residence attached.
Jen has been working in the brewery business since 2018 and after a stay in town while visiting Waterton fell in love with Pincher Creek
“We thought there was a really good opportunity and market in Pincher,” she says.
After communicating with the chamber of commerce, plans were made and an offer on the property was put forward. With the rezoning, Wild West Brewery is one step closer to becoming a reality.
No food services are currently on the table for the taphouse, though leasing the space out for another business is something that could be considered in the future.
The couple’s plan to have Airbnb suites attached to the brewery provides a convenient sip-and-stay package for visitors, something Jen wants to get other local businesses involved with through shared package deals, referrals and actual products in the suites.
“It’s nice to draw in people and show off the community,” Jen continues. “We just thought it would be nice to create a travel experience for people.”
The company is now aiming to secure developing and building permits to begin construction by September.
Bylaw 1547-AM was the other amendment that passed second and third readings. The property is at the eastern end of Elizabeth Street at the top of the hill overlooking Stewart Crescent, and would rezone the land from general industrial and warehousing to residential (R-1).
The owner intends to build their retirement home at the location.
While no one spoke in opposition during the public hearing, a letter from a resident living at the bottom of the hill requested that a soil stability study be completed before the rezoning was completed out of concern construction could cause parts of the hill to collapse.
The letter also asked that any foundation work be done 100 feet away from the hill’s edge.
It was unclear when the last soil stability study was completed at the site, though chief administrative officer Laurie Wilgosh said a study would be completed as part of the development permit. The 100-foot setback was also already part of the building requirements.
The next town council meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. at council chambers.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze