Developer approaches council for bylaw change

A developer who wants the town to change three lots and eliminate a back alley on his property will have to go through the proper channels.

A Rimbey developer who wants the town to change three lots from medium density to low density and eliminate a back alley on his property will have to go through the proper channels to make that happen.

Stan Cummings met with council on Feb. 22 to request council to change the zoning of the lots so there will be no need for aback alley.

“I don’t want to wait three or four months,” he said. “Putting in a back alley serves no purpose,” he added.

Town planner Liz Armitage reminded council any decision they made during the council meeting would not be binding.

“A change in a bylaw requires a first reading, public hearing and second and third reading. Even if doesn’t do the actual land use designation and applies to have that clause removed, he will still have to go through the process.”

Council agreed to accept the request as information and bring it forward to next council meeting on March 7 if an application is made.

A gentleman from the gallery at the council meeting said he didn’t think the lots, which are located in proximity to the proposed seniors’ complex, would work as low density.

“There will be a lot of cars and a lot of people and where are they going to park?

He said council shouldn’t amend a bylaw just to suit one developer.

However, Armitage said such questions and comments can be discussed at a public hearing.

“I think back alleys are very valuable and very necessary,” added Helen Coers, who was also in the gallery.