Floodway appears smaller in Stettler

A floodway in the Town of Settler appears to be smaller than a report indicated in 2004.
At its regular meeting Nov. 2, town council heard the findings of the new report completed by River Engineering Consulting of Edmonton that outlines the floodway and flood fringe in the Red Willow Creek area.

A floodway in the Town of Settler appears to be smaller than a report indicated in 2004.

At its regular meeting Nov. 2, town council heard the findings of the new report completed by River Engineering Consulting of Edmonton that outlines the floodway and flood fringe in the Red Willow Creek area.

“The updated study finds that the floodway is not as large as a study done in 2004,” said town manager Rob Stoutenberg.

“Under the new proposed mapping, considerably less of the town is under a flood way and flood fringe.”

Those findings and impact were explained by consultant Bob Quazi.

“No future development would be allowed in a floodway but allowed in a flood fringe,” he said.

After the consultant presents the official report, council will consider a recommendation to adopt floodway and flood fringe areas in the land-use bylaw and that the town take flood-protection steps for development upstream of Highway 12 and Highway 56.

The recent report found that the floodway is limited along Red Willow Creek and does not impact any significant area of the town and areas upstream and downstream of Highway 12 crossing floodway is limited to the creek channel an minor adjoining floodplain.

Flood fringe impacts new development upstream of Highway 12 and developed areas upstream of Highway 56 are extensively flooded.

Other than these, other areas flooded are mostly undeveloped.

Quazi noted that provincial funding is available to develop infrastructure for flood protection.

Old pool gets dismantled

Stetter’s old Centennial Pool at 4902 – 54 Street continues to get demolished.

Council awarded a tender to remove asbestos to Sealtech Restorations Ltd. for $94,500, the lowest of three bids.

“They will complete the work by the end of November,” said Stoutenberg.

Built in 1967, the pool closed in 2006 when the new leisure pool opened at Stettler Recreation Centre.

Development permit approved

Council approved a development permit to James Patko to build a single-family home with attached garage at 7 – 6500 – 40 Avenue.

The applicant is proposing to develop a house on land in the direct control residential district in the land-use bylaw.

The only road access through a lane was approved by a previous decision of council, said Stoutenberg.

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