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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbridge Herald Local SECOND SECTION July 1974 PAGES 19-36 CORNE MARTENS' SCULPTURE ADMIRED BY JOANNE 1313 8th ST N WALTER KERBER photos Alberta's art on tour SOUTHERN ALBERTA CERAMICS DRAW ATTENTION OF KAREN SLAWOSKY 1242 8th ST. N. Visitors to the Lethbridge Public Library this month and next can view works by nine area artists The pieces were recently purchased by the pro- vmcially-funded Alberta Art Foundation They join some 600 to 700 works by other Alberta artists al- ready m the foundation's travelling collection They were created by Pat Elaine Alfred Susan Elizabeth Vladimir Herb Hicks. Neils Gravsen and Corne Marens Works by Medicine Hat area artists are also on display. The first show of foundation art at the library accompanied its opening in April. Sketches by Susan Robbms and Vladimir Fiala are not on open display because of a lack of protective-framing but can be viewed on request. TO BY ELIZABETH BLAIR SPACES' BY EVELYN KLEIS OF THE 'HAT Provincial planners hear appeal to keep farm land producing By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Opponents of a rural subdivision proposed by J A Jarvie Tuesday told a Provincial Planning Board appeal that the ranchette development would take good farmland out of destroy a valuable resource and set a dangerous precedent Appealing an adverse decision in May by the Oldman River Regional Planning local developer Jarvie appeared before the five-man provincial board with his Frank Fleming of Calgary Members of the Provincial Planning Board are C W acting Bob Walter Noel Dant and Al Suelzle secretary Mr Fleming spoke in favor of the ranchette-ndmg scheme for 100 burying board members in technical arguments briefs maps consultants reports and letters of commendation Opposing the proposed subdivision of 640 acres of what they feel is prime farmland four miles east of Lethbridge on the old Coaldale Road were ORRPC Director Lawrence Jake Thiessen of St Mary River Irrigation District and C S Clark of the federal of agriculture While Mr Jarvie's lawyer spelled out the letter of the law in the ORRPC preliminary regional plan and the County of Lethbndge development control opponents of the rural subdivision spoke of the spirit of planning legislation designed to keep farmland producing food In a plea to support the ORRPC subdivision Mr Smith said the 3 3 acre Rancher to Too many people t take no for answer A Cardston appeal- ing a subdivision refusal told the Provincial Planning Board Tuesday there aren't enough people like who can t ta'te no for an and stand up to planners L G Kearl told the five- man hearing his appeal of an unfavorable decision by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission that half the people wha encounter opposition from ORRPC give up their plans without a fight He told the board that planners for ORRPC tried to give him no for an answer I'm one of those fellows who can t take no for an answer he said The Cardston rancher said it s not a good when only half the people appearing before planners have the guts and know- how to stand up to ORRPC officials Warning board members the technical definition of sub- division is 'too Mr Kearl said he has no plans to subdivide his 150 acres fronting Highway 2 just south of Cardston He originally applied to ORRPC to have his two 75- acre parcels replotted so the present north-south boundary would run east west ORRPC director Lawrence Smith told the provincial planners Qjat the planning commission considers Kearl s application to re-orient boun- daries a request for subdivi- sion because both parcels would have highway frontage Only the eastern 75-acre parcel now fronts Highway 2 The provincial board also heard an appeal from Hugh 0 Neill who operates a small feedlot at Six Mile Coulee just south of city limits Mr Smith told the board the planning commission denied Mr O'Neill's request to sub- divide 19 acres of land because it is within two miles of the city and within a half- mile of primarv highway County of Lethbridge Reeve Dick supporting Mr 0 Neill's appeal county councillv. s wi quite surprised when this was turned down because thev approved it Appellant O'Neill told the board I'm not a land speculator just a private seeking separate title In another appeal heard Tuesday the Edmonton- based Manhattan Land Securities contested the amount of money required by ORRPC in lieu of community reserve land for its southside subdivision Lethbridge lawyer Ross representing the appellant told the board the city s assebsment of the 1 9- acre parcel of land in southeastern Lethbridge doubled in value to while developers waited for ORRPC approval Lawyer Wilde said the doubled assessment also doubled the cash payment in lieu of reserve land to 800 Manhattan Land Securities he said were penalized by delays of ORRPC in finalizing the neighborhood plan for the southeastern part of the citv Mr Smith said the planning commission approved Manhattan s development June 21 of this year one year after the City of Lethbridge received Manhattan's final plans Citv Assessor Walter Dick said the city assesses the current value of the land at an a figure he termed conser- vative The provincial planning board must hand down rulings on all three appeals within 60 days parcels proposed in Ranchland Recreation will be used again for the purpose of food production ORRPC denied subdivision- approval he said because the land is classed 1 and 2 by the Canada Land Inventory soil capability index The minimum parcel size of such farmland allowed in a subdivision is 80 acres he said He said developments like Ranchland Recreation should be built in areas where they won't conflict with farming Jake Thiessen said he is of the precedent' the Jarvie proposal might set farmer mat retires will apply to subdivide his land so he can sell it for more the irrigation district spokesman suggested Agriculture cannot compete the market place with real estate development he added He called property like Mr Jarvie s resource for generations to come because of its combination of good irrigated land and favorable climate He said the irrigation district is delivering water ''at capacity because re experiencing a very dry year He told the board the irrigation district could not deliver the Jarvie development all the water it needs for sprinkling and domestic use because don t have the physical capability within our system Department of agriculture official Clark said his department is taking the view- that anyone holding title to high-productive agncjltural land today has a responsibility to retain that land for future generations He said if the provincial board does not uphold the ORRPC decision is going to have a hardship imposed on it as people come to think of farming as encroaching on their idyllic rural lifestyle Mr rebutting charges that his client's proposal is wasteful told the board current planning guidelines effectively waste of of farmland He said intensive residential schemes will remove less total acreage from food production than the 80-acre ranchettes being taken out of food production by rich hobby farmers forced to buy 80 acre parcels Mr Fleming said the de- mand for countrv residences is obvious and called on a local real estate Dalesman tot confirm his argument He said the ORRPC preliminary regional plan does not forbid large rural subdivision noting other countrv residential applications recently approved by regional planners In his submission to the board Mr Jarvie's lawyer asked the provincial board to uphold the appeal so his client could take his proposal back to the County of Lethbndge The provincial planning board must rule on the appeal within 60 days PILOTS ASKED TO JOIN SEARCH Local pilots are being asked to join the search for a home- built aircraft with two men aboard lost Monday between B C and Lethbridge Four military and civilian aircraft searched out of B C today for the single-engine craft On board were Lloyd and his son both of Bur- B C Maj Kenneth searchmaster based at said in a telephone interview today that searchers are looking for a signal from the two fliers The red and white Jodel craft was not equipped with an emergency locater tran- smitter Maj Durrani said no Lethbndge pilots or planes are yet involved in the search along the 350-mile route which crosses mountain passes as high as feet But the city flying club has posted a notice requesting members' participation Few members were apparently available because of summer vacations The nearly-new Jodel had only about 120 flying hours ac- cumulated before the Castelgar-Lethbndge a first for pilot Lloyd Maj Durrani said But Mr Fletcher had considerable ex- penence air with 400 hours flying time Mr Fletcher was also well ac- quainted with the have- jng accumulated all its flight time himself The craft was due to land in Lethbndge on a flight to Regma at 1 09 p m according to a flight plan filed in 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