Land rezoned for concrete forms company

Written by Stu Salkeld

Kneehill County council unanimously approved re-zoning a parcel of land to light industrial (LI) to reflect how that property was already being used. The re-zoning bylaw passed second and third reading after a public hearing July 19.

The public hearing to consider a re-zoning application was opened by Deputy Reeve Ken King, with the application presented by staffer Brandi Hay-Morgan.

The application was based around Bylaw #1857 which proposed re-zoning a portion of SE-22-30-25-W4 plan 011 2534 block A lot 1 from agriculture to light industrial zoning.

The application in question already passed first reading at the June 14 council meeting.

Hay Morgan described the application: “Ext Capital Inc. is the current landowner of the SE 22-30-25 W4 and have recently purchased this property in February of 2022,” she stated.

“The parcel was purchased by the new owners with the impression that the lands were already zoned commercial or industrial use.”

Hay-Morgan explained that upon further investigation it was revealed that although the property was being used for LI purposes it was still zoned agriculture.

“The proposed site is located approximately 2.5 miles southeast of the Village of Linden as the crow flies,” stated the meeting agenda memo.

The site is accessed via Range Road 252 and is five miles south of TWP Rd 304.

The applicants currently store their business products (concrete forms) in one bay and are looking to lease the other three bays to other businesses for warehousing purposes.

It was noted that all current or proposed uses are allowed under the LI zoning.

Hay-Morgan noted the county did not receive any public feedback, either in support or opposed, for the application and no one came forward that the hearing.

Deputy Reeve King noted the applicant was present for the public hearing and gave Ext Capital Inc. a chance to speak but the company representative declined.

Later in the meeting councillors considered the application.

It was noted at a previous meeting that the location in question has been in operation for a number of years and isn’t new.

Councillors unanimously approved all readings of the re-zoning bylaw to bring it into effect.

Stu Salkeld
Local Journalism initiative reporter
ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.