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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, MbriMry THI LETHMIDQE HERALD 17 Changing land use presses need for development controls By D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor Three little words are sparking a lot-of controversy in the Cardsfon MD and Warner County. Those words are "development control bylaw." They add up to one little fact citizens have to get a development permit if they want to make some change in their house or property. But there's a bit more power in those words than one might expect. Here's the way Oldman River Regional Planning Commission associate planner Jay Simons explained it to the Cardston Municipal District council recently: "The bylaw gives you the power to zone anything you said the planner. "You do it by resolution. The difference is a zoning bylaw cannot be amended. A development control bylaw.. can be changed by council by resolution. Under a development control bylaw, further explained the planner: "You say these areas will be agricultural. If you want to change it, you do it strictly by resolution. You are not obligated to hold a public hearing." The council resolutions must be adopted by the provincial planning commission. The three little words caused quite a furore in the Taber MD. People out that way felt it is just a bit too far from the free and easy type of The Herald- District Addresses will change in Magrath MAGRATH (HNS) Streets and houses will be numbered here, town council has decided. The present main street in front of the schools, running north and south, will become Centre Street Barker Avenue, running east and west in front of the bank, will remain with the same name. Games meeting in district The next meeting of the 1975 Canada Winter Games Society directors will be held in Pincher Creek March 13. The decision was taken at a directors meeting in Lethbridge Wednesday. Games president Charles Virtue said Thursday the board represents the entire Southern Alberta region and there was no reason to meet in any one place all the time. The society is now operating at a deficit under an overdraft agreement with its bankers, he said. It could be a month before more federal money arrives, since the Treasury Board and the cabinet must approve negotiations conducted with the Department of National Health and Welfare. The federal operating budget for the games is about million, said Mr. Virtue. The society also learned Air Canada would fly in as many the athletes as possible for the games, but this would be a minority, Mr. Virtue said. The size of the aircraft which could use the Lethbridge airport would limit the number of people transported per hour. So many Western Canadian competitors might fly straight to Lethbridge, but others would probably from Calgary buses. Thorne Gunn Co. was appointed auditor for the games. The games society has been notified of the first school closure success of its campaign. Willow Creek School Division No. 28 will close its schools for the nine days of the 1975 winter games. The society hopes other school i will W Streets and avenues will be numbered according to direction from Centre St. and Harker Ave. Each block is to be divided into 30-foot sections with one number allowed for each v section Cul de sacs or lanes developed will be "A" streets or avenues. The street addresses must be ready by May 1 to appear in the new telephone directory. A resolution was passed by council that any houses moved into town must be brought up to Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation specifications within one year or the bond posted will be forfeited. A delegation of eight citizens from Block 70 met with council to discuss development of the lane in the block into a road. Council requires 17 feet on each side of the lane to make a road. Cost of the development for each lot is approximately This includes installing curb, gutter and sidewalks, water, sewer, electricity, telephone and gas installations to the lot. If property owners keep the back of the long lots now adjoining the lane, they will pay for the development when it is completed. But council offered to buy the back half of those lots now and they will develop them. Many enquiriSs have been made for lots and the town has none for sale. A. C. Poulsen, town secretary, informed council the tax structure will soon change. New assessments are being made now on the land instead of the buildings. As this assessment goes up the mill rate will go down but it will make it expensive to hold empty land. There are several empty building lots in town that owners will not sell and this has brought the price of land up here. life here in the west. Taber MD citizens hit the bylaw because: (Quoting from the "Development means: the carrying out of any construction, or excavation or other operation in, on, over or under land..." People are used to this kind of thing in the cities. You can't construct a patio without getting some kind of permit at city hall. But in our sprawling counties and MDs do we need these tight controls? Reeve John Otto of Warner County hinted to this reporter recently that the Warner county doesn't need it. It certainly doesn't need the controversy surrounding it. And to avoid this type of thing the county council welcomed the commission planner and promptly went into a closed sessions barring the press. Zoning to most means put a feedlot here, a farm here, a row of houses here, and a "transitional area" for something else. The Cardston MD doesn't have planning zones yet. It does have a development control bylaw, passed last December. With this bylaw, it has the power to zone, by passing rsesolutions to change the development control bylaw. Cardston MD secretary- treasurer Roy Legge and councillors realize they have a tool in their hands they don't quite know how to use. And they indicated recently they would be much happier if the entire MD was zoned, lock, stock and barrel, by the planners. This won't happep for six months to a year because the planners are being spread very, very thinly over the region. The bylaw states an application for a development permit shall be made to the Development Officer. In making a decision, be may approve the application or impose conditions. He may refuse or impose conditions "if, in the opinion of the Development Officer or Municipal Planning Commission, the proposed development will detract from the character or appearance of existing or proposed development in the area." Zoning is shaping up as the number one priority in the Cardston Municipal District because it has some of the finest vacation and scenic land imaginable within its boundaries. And people want to use it, not for ranching or farming, but for recreation and holidays. One rancher in the Mountain View area, west of Cardston, told me recently that in the not too far distant future the ranching country nestled below the Rockies will be priced too high for ranching. People will be building big summer homes on it. A case in point, and an example of a zoning problem, came up at a recent Cardston MD meeting. Cardston MD councillors said they are not prepared to allow a subdivision in the Boundary Creek area nine miles south of Beazer because the MD hain't got zoning for the type of summer vacation cottages proposed. Ana Jay Simons, associate planner with the Oldinan River Regional Planning Commission, told the meeting it could be six months to a year before the planners have a zoning plan ready for the entire MD. MD secretary Roy Legge says he is tired of turning people away on various subdivision proposals but there is nothing else to be done until the zoning is completed. Council said the vacation cottage plan south of Beazer, in which one quarter section of land was to be subdivided in eight parcels of 20 acres each, wul nave to be done on a friendly basis between the Napi director determined to erase image of Indians Cradled lake Snow-blanketed peaks and an evergreen- and-aspen forest cradle ice-locked Beauvais Lake, 14 miles west of Pincher Creek, in this winter scene captured by Elwood Ferguson, Herald photographer. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK John Fletcher is determined to erase the stereotyped image of his people. The new executive director of the Napi Friendship Centre here says it will take a long time to break down white discrimination towards the Indians but through the centre, he's going to at least try. "The Indian has been studied, photographed, and poked at, but for the average Canadian, he's still the least known, least understood person in the country.1' The stereotype of an Indian as a savage or lazy drunk can be broken down as whites and Indians interact and Mr. Fletcher is going to use the centre for that purpose. But he also says it's of primary importance to build up the Indians' sense of their own pride. "Let's face it, the Indians are not going to assimilate" tfiey have to keep their own culture, while taking the best that white culture has to offer. Mr. Fletcher, who was born on the Peigan Reserve at Brocket but moved away while still a child to the United States, says that up to now, many Indians have taken only the bad elements of white Sports federation culture while slowly losing their own way of life. Under the stewardship of Paul Raczka, former executive director, the centre placed most of its programming emphasis on cultural and educational events. But Mr. Raczka admits his programs received an apathetic response from townspeople and Indians alike. Mr. Fletcher has extensive experience in running recreational and sports Engineered Homes plans Coleman shopping mall programs and he hopes this in planning format may get a more be by brought special 1 1 COlOIiy SCCKS property near Barons authorities follow. PINCHER CREEK (Staff) The Waterton Hutterite Colony located 28 miles east of Pincher Creek is negotiating to boy land northeast of Barons to establish a daughter colony. Montana house approves decreased speed limit HELENA, Mont (AP) The Montana house has approved a bill to lower the state's speed limit to 55 miles an hour, but the bill assures motorists that it won't be very expensive to get caught speeding. The legislators are reluctant to let the state pass op 969 nvllion dollars in federal highway funds, which would be the penalty for failure to pass a 55-mile an hour bill by March 2 The house highway committee had recommended a token penalty for speeding violations, bat the final form of the bill given tentative approval contains a limit for speeding violations The Waterton colony of Danusleut Hutterian brethren was started about 11 years ago and now has 128 people, necessitating formation of a new colony. A member of tne colony sara Thursday, "We haven't got it yet We are trying to get the place." The Lethbridge Herald learned that Barons area fanners are being approached to sell land by a man representing himself as a fanner of the Etrikom district who wants to relocate. "This fellow has been misrepresenting said the Barons source. It was rumored thai the Rosedale Colony near Etrikom or the Winnifred Colony east of Bow Island were seeking the land. These rumors were denied as "not true" by Hutterian brethren Thursday. PINCHER CREEK A preliminary move toward formation of a national Indian sports federation will be taken in Pincher Creek Feb. 22. A seminar, co-sponsored by the Napi Friendship Centre and the Edmonton baseed Indian Sports and Olympics organization, will set regulations for all Indian f aorting events in the Treaty 7 area and attempt to form a regional athletic advisory board. This board, according to John Fletcher, seminar chairman and executive director of the Napi centre, will be the first step toward a provincial, and finally a national Indian sports federation. Toe meeting, to be held in the Pincher Creek Community Hall, will be attended by representatives of rodeo, boxing, basketball and hockey sporting events, as well as by several national and international Indian athletes. Ron Johnson, president of National Indian Activities Association in the United States, will speak to toe seminar on the importance of a national sports organization while Olympic gold medal winner Billy Mills will discuss native participation in all sporting events. Mr Fletcher, a board member of the American Indian sports federation and a former professional football player in the U.S., said in an interview that Indian participation in sports can be a side-door approach to higher education through the system of athletic scholarship. The meeting begins at a.m. and concludes at p.ra. and is open to the public. enthusiastic reception. He has three years of physical education training at the University of Wyoming, a year of teacher education and took a one-year course in North American Indian history at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also played professional football with the Jackson- ville Bears of the Southern Professional Football League and attended try-out camp with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. He believes people who would stay away from a seminar on Indian history would come out for a basketball or hockey game. But be stresses greater emphasis on recreational programming will not mean the end of the cultural and educational programs Napi has ran in the past. He plans to bold a course for whites in the spring on Indian culture and history and says a similar class he ran for the Cleveland Public Library while beading its "Project American Indian" received a great deal of interest Gov't building opens Saturday Tbe provincial government buildings in Brooks will be officially opened by Dr W. 0. Backus, minister of public works, Saturday at a.m. Tbe building bouses several government departments and was completed and occupied in early 1973 Tbe public is invited to attend an open house sponsored by the various dcjtai tumuls between and p.m. COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Coleman's dream of a shopping centre is going to materialize. Town council has received a letter from K. M. Bickerton, manager of Engineered Homes of Lethbridge, confirming the company's intention to purchase a parcel of commercial property, owned by the town, for the purpose of construction a Town needs safecracker COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Anyone for a legitimate safecracking job? The town of Coleman has inherited three safes from commercial buildings taken over on tax recovery sales during the past decade. The town is looking for someone to open the safes so they can be sold, or if someone wishes to buy them as is, any loot or surprise that one may find inside is an added bonus. shopping complex. Mr. Bickerton advised council that the firm has obtained the preliminary plan of the complex and is negotiating with a major chain store to obtain a lease contract which is necessary before final architectural plans can be drafted. Secondary stores and offices will be contacted within the next two weeks in order to obtain further necessary contracts. Mr. Bickerton advised it is crucial that the new town office, which is to be located within the new complex, be architecturally co-ordinated with the shopping mall. He requested the town consider delaying tenders for the town office until the end of February so that Engineered Homes has time to work with its clients. With regard to residential land in Coleman, Engineered Homes also informed the town it wants to negotiate purchase of an additional 15 building lots at the soonest possible date. Lethbridge and Cardston people involved. They are: R. K. Shaw, D. Alston, LeRon Pitcher, R. McClelland, D. Shaw and J. Desanto. The fact that two miles of road are needed was also a point in favor of rejecting the subdivision. Councillors were also wary of having to provide services for something that could turn out to be more permanent than summer cottages. "It will never pay as far as the MD is said Reeve Harold Jensen, referring to the pittance of taxes the MD could collect on summer cottages. The secretary treasurer said the present intention is for those involved to have 20 acres, his own vacation trailer, a horse and stay up there part of the summer. "The assessment act doesn't recognize this as an improvement, (vacation he said. Coun. Olsen said, "There is nothing to stop them from buying one parcel and putting the trailers on it." Said Reeve Jensen: "Tell them to go in there with their trailers and tell them to forget about it (the subdivision) until we get this whole setup (the general zoning "Maybe we will eventually come up with a program and maybe we said Coun. Olsen. Said the planner- "You haven't done these detailed studies for these areas so you can't say whether this is good or bad." Coun. Ken Boswick of Spring Coulee said, "I don't think country residences should be a profit making thing. Neither do I think the present ratepayers should pay for services for them. They should all pay their own share." Coun. Keith Olsen of Glenwood said, "We are going to get more and more of this type of thing so we better come up with a plan, and fast." The MD administrator said the MD is not considering people as people with its present approach (of turning subdivisions down because the general zoning plan is not But Mr. Simons said there are going to be problems when "you only have eight planners for square miles." The planner said, "I think your development control bylaw and resolutions can be worked out (to control I want whatever plan you have for the MD (the upcoming general zoning plan) to be a reasonable thing so you can enforce it." Regarding the possibility the MD might eventually be stuck with providing far more services than now envisioned, Coun. Beswick said, "After you get the light, water, gas, roads, snowplow and eight more people around the corner, sure they are going to stay up there (all year Coun. Olsen said, "We have to look at the whole thing and see if we are going to put more areas in there." Coun. David Wilde of Welling said it might be better to put in a big park for everybody rather than small summer cottage subdivisions. So councillors are faced with the problems and they have to make the decisions. Zoning and development control bylaws are designed to turn haphazard, sprawling, "dog's breakfast" type of development into harmonious country designs. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EOOTDIETfUCH PHONE: 32S-7M4 Ability Fund dollars help to establish and maintain rehabilitation workshops that give the handicapped the opportunity to work and earn to their own capacity and very often act as a "stepping stone" to competitive employment. All Funds mil Remain in Lethbndge and District SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO: REHABILITATION SOCIETY OF LETHBRIDGE 12tl 2nd "A" North ;