By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
Newly approved Lethbridge County subdivisions include two located in Monarch.
During their regular Nov. 2 meeting, Lethbridge County council reviewed three subdivision applications.
The first one, Subdivision Application #2023-0-117 – Penner/Groeneweg – Lots 4-13, Block 6, Plan 138A within SW1/4 7-10-23-W4M, concerned lands in the Hamlet of Monarch on the undeveloped E. Plaza Street between Empress Ave and Victoria Ave.
“This is a lot realignment application,” said Hilary Janzen, supervisor of planning and development for the county. “They are looking to readjust the property line so it suits how the properties are currently being utilized.”
The properties are owned within the same family, and they wish to have the boundary between the properties realigned and relocated 25 feet to the north along the solid wood fence. Municipal servicing and access to the properties will not be affected by the realignment.
The second application, Subdivision Application #2023-0-126 – Macclain – NE1/4 12-11-24-W4M, concerned the subdivision of an agricultural quarter section located west of Nobleford. It would see the creation of a 2.89-acre parcel in the northeast corner of the SE ¼-section for country residential use. It would be the first subdivision of the parcel.
The proposed property line follows the treeline on the west, and the south extent is the separation of the yard and cropline. While there are no abandoned gas wells, confined feeding operations in proximity and no provincially identified historical resources, a potential wetland was identified in the quarter-section south of the yard on the agricultural portion of land. Steve Hardy, senior planner with Oldman River Regional Services Commission, said the application was circulated to the Provincial Wetland Water bodies division for comment, but they haven’t yet heard back from them.
“Typically, what happens in this type of situation is if the subdivision line itself was cutting through a wetland and they identified that a wetland, then typically a wetland assessment has to be done to determine what category of wetland that is, and if it’s going to be impacted by the subdivision. And then either that wetland replaced or a compensation provided for it,” said Hardy. “There shouldn’t be any special requirements (in this situation), but we have heard back from Alberta Environment yet.”
The third application, Subdivision Application #2023-0-128 – Vandenberg – Lots 15-20, Block 4, Plan 138A within SW1/4 7-10-23-W4M, would subdivide through title separation a 0.13-acre lot from a title 0.39-acre title in Monarch for hamlet residential use. The proposal would see the creation of a new residential lot on the west portion of the land to construct a new dwelling. The title, located at on Empress Ave and the corner of Alexandra Street, currently consists of five lots and the proposal would separate two lots into their own title.
Council unanimously passed motions to approve S.D. Applications #2023-0-117, #2023-0-126 and #2023-0-128 be approved subject to the conditions as outlined in the draft resolution. Coun. Eric Van Essen and Klaas Vanderveen were absent from the meeting.