Wembley looks forward to continued growth with new land use bylaw

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Wembley has a new Land Use Bylaw (LUB) that drills down into the development process to encourage commercial development, reports mayor Chris Turnmire.

The bylaw was formalized following a public hearing in mid-December.

Council gave the revamped LUB its final readings and passage after receiving no objections, said Turnmire.

Approximately three members of the public joined the hearing through Zoom but none spoke, he said.

“The last bylaw was 22 years old and it was due for a review and revision,” Turnmire said.

“We have a more thorough bylaw that will be clearer for the public and developers to look at when considering any future development in Wembley.”

The reform will go in-depth in describing the development process, making the definitions of zoning areas clearer, he said.

Wembley has always had some steady growth, including approximately 9.6 per cent growth in the last census, he said.

Statistics Canada reported Wembley had a population of 1,516 in 2016, compared to 1,383 in 2011.

“That was exceptional, and if from 2016 we had 1.5 to two per cent growth, council would be very pleased,” he said.

Turnmire said all public feedback on the LUB review came before the draft, through an open house held by ISL Engineering in early 2020.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News