By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
Amendments to Raymond’s animal bylaw will clarify what lands some permits can be allocated for.
During their regular April 18 meeting, Raymond town council passed first reading of Animal Regulations Bylaw Amendment, Bylaw 1093-20.
The bylaw aims to update the zoning and maps in the town’s existing Animal Regulations Bylaw.
“The previous version of the bylaw was a revision of an even earlier bylaw,” said Kurtis Pratt, CAO for the town. “Certain properties had different grandfathered sections depending on when it was implemented and by consolidating the different maps into one, current, colour coded and updated map of the community it is easier for the public and administration to understand where certain permits are permitted.”
“These revisions will not impact our land use bylaw. Generally, as land is subdivided and developed it moves from Urban Reserve to General Residential and depending on the size of parcel, regulation zone, etc. This Animal Regulations Bylaw allows for the control of what types of animals are permitted and this is not directly linked to our Land Use Bylaw.”
According to accompanying documents, there are only three properties in town that qualify for either a Zone 1 Grandfather Summertime Pasture or Zone 2 Grandfather Animal Permit.
There are also areas of town, particularly Stonegate and Bridge Crossing, that should not be in Zone 2, or eligible for an animal permit, which the amendments seek to rectify.
Town administration noted that the Animal Regulations bylaw could be confusing in regards to the grandfather zones and different maps, and they are seeking to simplify it by updating the map for a more user-friendly format for users and interested parties.