News

Public hearing delayed due to public interest

An application to facilitate an extension of the existing single family residential development at the end of Ranch and McIver Roads drew a significant public reaction on Tuesday.

About 20 community members filled the council chambers to voice their concerns over requested amendments to the Official Community Plan Land Use designation that would allow for development of 26.51 acres near the southern end of Ranch Road and Glen Eagles Drive.

The subject properties are bordered by undeveloped rural properties to the south and west, residential zoned properties to the north and east, and institutional and agricultural zoned properties to the east.

Council gave the amendment bylaws first reading on Nov. 23, 2010, and second reading on June 14, 2011.

A large percentage of the public were concerned about traffic in the area, especially at the intersection of McIver Road and Glenrosa Road. Citizens said that the roads won’t be able to handle the additional traffic, especially in the winter.

Mandy Wappel was concerned that one of the three proposed zoning changes, adjacent to her property, was planned to be changed from RU2 (rural 2 zoning) to RC1 (compact housing).

Wappel said that, initially, she was told it would be changed to R1 (single detached housing) instead of compact housing.

“If you lived in that subdivision, you wouldn’t want to go from regular sized lots to little lots,” said Wappel.

Another concern was the fear of a peaceful, rural area becoming increasingly urbanized.

Council opted to postpone the public hearing until Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., in order to give people with work commitments an ability to voice their concerns before any definitive decisions are made.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

COLUMN: Nelson’s mayoral race: the Internet reacts
 
W for Fernie in 2014-15 season home opener
 
Warmington announces as fifth new Nelson council candidate
Rice election spending more than doubles Liberal challenger
 
A mid-season update from the Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club
 
Montreal Massacre remembered in Nelson
Routine traffic stop west of Salmo nets weed and cash
 
UBCM demands more time in recycling dispute
 
Fourth person announces intention to run for Castlegar seat

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 26 edition online now. Browse the archives.