By Justin Seward
Cypress County council approved of Hilda victims getting taxes back, giving permission to Jasper Homes to construct a show home in Dunmore, and forming a committee of the whole for policies, while defeating a bylaw amendment at the Dec. 5 regular meeting.
Hilda fire recovery assistance
Council moved to direct administration to calculate the exact funds of the 2017 municipal taxes for all properties directly impacted by the Hilda area fire on Oct. 17 and bring back to a future council meeting.
Jasper Homes show home
Jasper Homes were approved to obtain a permit to build a single show home with occupancy to access only after the understanding that the residence cannot be occupied until after construction completion certificate for the subdivision is issued.
Policy review committee
Coun. Robin Kurpjuweit suggested a policy reveiw committee be formed from three to five council members to recommend appropriate policies for review or amendment through an ad-hok policy group. Council compromised his proposal by forming a committee of the whole.
Bylaw 2017-13 land use amendment defeated
Council defeated Bylaw 2017-13 after Paul Breault resubmitted his land use reclassification proposal.
The decision came after council moved on Sept. 26 to postpone the bylaw to allow applicant Paul Breault to submit an amended parcel shape for the proposed land use reclassification and to verify that there is available land within the agricultural title to transfer the irrigation water rights that are affected by the proposed parcel.
Breault submitted an amended proposal of Schedule B that is 2.44 ha in size which is a reduced size from the original proposal parcel size of 4.05 ha. The reduction minimizes the fragmentation of agriculture land for country residential uses. The original submission was triangular in shape while the current proposal in rectangular in shape. The new proposal would have allowed for more continued irrigation efficiency as well as respectable setbacks for the future Highway 3 twinning.