Stettler County

County of Stettler holds public hearings for proposed bylaws

A bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw for recreational vehicle uses generated many responses from the public

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Independent

The County of Stettler has passed several new bylaws.

Four of the bylaws passed were done after public hearings related to them were held.

While two of the four bylaws received no discussion, Bylaw 1658-21, the bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw for recreational vehicle uses, generated many responses from the public.

County of Stettler administration received 24 letters in opposition to the proposed Land Use Bylaw changes which would require extra recreational vehicles on land in the summer villages to have a permit and be limited to being on the site for no more than 21 days straight before being removed for a minimum of five days.

The permits would cost $25.

Several verbal presentations were also made in opposition to the proposed bylaw. In support of the bylaw, three letters were received, and there were no verbal presentations.

With the ongoing pandemic, increasing costs for everyone, and the opposing views to it, Coun. Cheri Nietz did not feel that the bylaw should proceed at this time.

“We should put a pause on this,” said Nietz.

“We heard from a lot of people today who are opposed to this.“

Coun. Wayne Nixon agreed.

“This is going to be an enforcement nightmare,” said Nixon.

Despite the dissenting opinions, the bylaw passed second and third readings, with Coun. Nixon, and Nietz opposed.

The permit fee for the recreation vehicles, which was covered in Bylaw 1638-20, the Fee Bylaw, was waived for the 2021 season, and will come in effective Jan. 1st, 2022.

Support for Biobord facility

The second bylaw to receive ratepayer feedback was 1659-21, an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw which would rezone NW-9-39-19-W4 from agricultural to industrial. The site is the proposed location for the Biobord pellet facility.

Several people called in expressing their support for the project.

The Bylaw subsequently passed second and third reading.

Gadsby merger and motel, hotel, hostel, special dwelling unit as discretionary uses

Bylaw 1656-21, a bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw merging the former Village of Gadsby Land Use Bylaw and the County of Stettler Bylaw was passed, with no submissions for either for or against the proposal.

Another proposed bylaw, Bylaw 1657-21, an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw which added motels, hotels, hostels, and other special dwelling units to the County Land Use Bylaw was also passed, with no submissions for or against.