By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
A rezoning bylaw for the Bridge Crossing subdivision has been approved.
A Public Hearing for Bylaw 1097 -21 was held during Raymond town council’s regular May 4 meeting. The bylaw would re-designate property located at 42S 200W from its current Urban Reserve (UR‐1) zoning to General Residential (R‐1).
The property is being incorporated into Phase 4 of the Bridge Crossing subdivision, and the re-designation must be approved prior to the subdivision approval. First reading of the bylaw was performed at council’s April 6 meeting.
Two written responses were received from the same person regarding the bylaw. The first e-mail stated concerns about the decision reducing or eliminating future development at the location, as the sender believed it was the weakest of the three plans, and a desire for their property in that area to be rezoned to R-1 as well, and the second clarified they were against the subdivision, as presented.
When asked if the developers were going to put in services for that lot, Mark Boltezar, development officer for the town, said that would be decided in the subdivision process.
Referring to the comment the town received about the plans for the area, Coun. Ron Fromm asked if this was the plan for the area or if other ones were still being considered for the subdivision.
Oldman River Regional Services Commission planner Bonnie Brunner said she believed the resident was referring to the fact at one time there was different considerations for if there were other properties south of the subdivision incorporated into the overall design.
“As far as compatibility for consistency would be approved via Area Structure plan, the plan being currently proposed is consistent with that plan,” said Brunner. “Those other three plans were really just conceptual considerations for if the area were developed with additional properties that weren’t additionally considered as part of the original ASP, which would have required a major amendment to the ASP.”
Brunner said the developer had decided to move forward with the approved ASP.
Following the Public Hearing, council approved the second, third and final readings of the bylaw.