Town of Stettler finalizes rezoning of Rotary Park

Stettler town council finalized rezoning of a treed area known locally as Rotary Park which allows the property owner to proceed with development.

The decision was made at the Aug. 3 regular meeting of council.

Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Steven Gerlitz presented councillors with a memo from Director of Planning and Development Leann Graham recommending approval of third reading of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendment to approve rezoning of Lot 2, Block 1, Plan 1923086 from Public Use to Residential General. The property is located at 4501 57 Street.

“The applicant has requested the rezoning to accommodate the development of a 17 +/- lot residential subdivision including multi-family housing (duplex) as well as single family housing,” stated Graham’s report.

The application already passed first and second reading and councillors held a public hearing where some neighbours voiced concerns over noise, traffic and other issues. 

The applicant, Tracey Peters, stated she was working with neighbours to find solutions.

Gerlitz stated the applicant signed a development agreement with the town for this project and the application was ready for third reading, which councillors unanimously passed.

Museum parcel

Councillors unanimously granted subdivision for a parcel of land located at the County of Stettler’s administration office at 6602-44 Ave. that is apparently part of a deal between the County of Stettler and the nearby museum.

“The (county) is proposing to subdivide a three acre parcel from the existing County of Stettler administration parcel,” stated Graham. “The County of Stettler No. 6 and the Town and Country Museum have reached an agreement for the newly created three acre parcel.”

Graham noted a drainage system in the area in question but it should not pose any problem, and staff also stated the application meets the LUB requirements and the Municipal Development Plan (MDP).

Councillors included in their resolution a list fo subdivision conditions.

Does Alberta work?

Coun. Gord Lawlor began a discussion about the provincial government’s Alberta Works office in Stettler. Lawlor stated the office is functioning but the doors are locked to the public and as result the local FCSS office is dealing with a “tremendous overflow.”

Lawlor stated there is great demand for the employment services that the Alberta Works office offers right now.

Coun. Smith stated he was also concerned the Alberta Works office has its doors locked. 

“It absolutely baffles me that they’re not open,” said Smith. 

Smith added that the federal employment office, Service Canada, isn’t open either.

Councillors unanimously agreed through resolution to send a letter to MLA Nate Horner for an update on why employment offices have their doors locked to the public.

 

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.