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County council to hold public hearing during this week's meeting

Discussion will surround multiple proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw as well as a land redesignation application.
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Foothills County council will hear from the public on proposed changes to the land use bylaw during a public hearing on Jan. 12. | Brent Calver/Western Wheel

Foothills County is proposing several amendments to their Land Use Bylaw.  

A public hearing will be a part of the weekly meeting for council on Jan. 12 where they will have a chance to hear from property owners, neighbours and residents alike regarding their stance on various potential changes.  

Many different items will be up for discussion. One of which is a land re-designation, while the other 10 proposed amendments to the land use bylaw range from an updated definition for a bed-and-breakfast to the minimum setback for a campground.

Although the deadline to register to participate in the public hearing has passed, members of the public are still able to watch a livestream of the meeting via the County’s YouTube.  

The 12.44-acres of land up for re-designation from Country Residential to Agricultural is just north of Longview, along Highway 22, located in Reeve Delilah Miller’s Division 2. In the application for the amendment, D. Wayne McGonigle explained that his desire is to eventually apply for a boundary adjustment to create two equal-sized parcels to pass on to his children, who both have interest in agriculture. This portion of the hearing will begin at 10 a.m.  

At 1:30 p.m. the several proposed amendments to the land use bylaw will be heard.  

Matters for consideration to be brought forth to council include an update to the Hamlet Residential District name as well as purpose and intent, to align with existing development in the county, amendments pertaining to dwelling manufactured homes and dwelling, mobile homes for clarification and consistency and an updated definition for bed and breakfast to align with Alberta Food Regulation changes.  

Also on the docket is an updated definition for boarding services to align with Home Based Business Type I, additional variance and compliance provisions to allow for survey discrepancies for letters of compliance and clarification pertaining to large commercial vehicles in relation to Home Based Business Type I and II.  

The bottom half of the rather long proposal list includes amendments to setbacks with respect to campgrounds and new exceptions to yard setbacks and parcel sizes for existing development within the Hamlet Residential District.  

The draft land use bylaw and all proposed changes are available to view on the county’s website.