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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, March 25, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Forty-Mile councillors debate planning, zoning FOREMOST (Staff) Planning commissions will be able to acquire land under the terms of the new Alberta Planning Act expected to be given first reading in the legislature soon. Medicine Hat Regional Planning Commission planner William Hickman speaking to the County of Forty-Mile council Friday said commissions will be able, for example, to acquire land and develop parks. They would be on a level between counties and MDs and the province. But the planning commissions would have no taxing power under the new act. They could accept gifts which, under the present act, they cannot. The county, with fewer than people and virtually no requests for subdivisions, is being wooed by a commission ready to "advise and assist the council with planning orderly and economical development of the municipality and when so requested to prepare and recommend a general plan, development control bylaw and a zoning bylaw." Mr. Hickman said soon the county will have more than people, (Reeve Dan Vanden Berg disagreed, noting a declining population and under the new planning act a development control bylaw will be compulsory for a municipality of or more. He said the county should get a headstart now. Coun. Frank Romeike is sold on planning. "I think regional planning has a great deal to offer. I will say, as a representative on regional planning, they have been considerate of us." Coun. Marg Dragland said, "I thought for a good many years there should be planning so that every community has something." Her interest is parks and recreation and Mr. Hickman said, "I would be very pleased to help the county even if it is just trying to plan parks for the county.'' He said parks are an integral part of a general plan. Coun. Dragland said provincial recreation department official Max Gibb of Lethbridge is going to tour Red Rock Coulee, a lake area near Foremost and the Grandview Dam with county officials April 8 .with a view to assessing possible provincial aid. Golden Sheep Park, recently taken over by the province, has an even greater potential with people flocking there on nights and weekends from as far as Medicine Hat, said Coun. William Kenneth Babe. "One good employee with a talent for gardening could plant shrubs.. Tit could be a showplace, a real said Coun. Frank Romeike! The planner said the only problem is finding the money. This drew no argument from the council. But when Mr. Hickman said loss of taxes occasioned by Hutterite colonies 'is a major problem and the provincial government is looking at this" he drew a rebuttal from Coun. Babe. He said that even if the Hutterian buildings were spread out on different farms they would still not pay taxes on the buildings but they do pay taxes on their land, the same as everyone else. Coun. Bill Gejdos noted there is a problem with fewer students on the same school bus routes (Hutterites don't require any Reeve Dan Vanden Berg cracked his gavel. They went back to planning. The planner said most counties and'MDs have opted for a development control bylaw, rather than the more rigid zoning, because it is very easy to use. "Zoning is a little more restricted because you specify at one point in time what the uses are and anything different must come up for a zoning application, public hearing and it is a little more troublesome." He said with a development control bylaw, quasi zoning can be changed just overnight "with no problem at all." This has a disadvantage in that "you never know what the property next door is going to be; one day it is residential and the next day industrial." The new planning act will bring in complusory zoning, but a new type of zoning, a little looser, with parts the same as development control with the rest as a community kept under more rigid zones. "This is something that communities must look at because it will be coming in the said Mr. Hickman. He said there will be a lot of discussion and some public hearings before the legislation is presented to the house. He said the working paper will be changed substantially. When and if it is passed, it will be the "best planning legislation in North America." But as it now stands, it is too advanced for this area at the present time and it will be tempered by the feeling of the people in the province. Mr. Hickman said parts of the proposed planning act (it is now available from the planners in book form) "will raise hackles with a lot of people, that is the reason for it, to raise these hackles.'' He said the provincial government is taking a hard look at expanding irrigation in the County of Forty Mile. This will bring in an influx of people. "The County of Forty Mile has some of the best land that would accept irrigation the Skiff area has been mentioned." But while the government is very serious, it could be on the drawing board five years from now or 30 years from now, said the planner. Planning is less of a problem in the county because most new industry wiJl be agriculturally orientated. Mr. Hickman also noted the new act will use a general plan more as a policy statement, "where they would prefer to have growth go." Meanwhile, the County of Forty Mile would welcome.any kind of growth, planned or unplanned. Coun. Dragland summed it up: "How can you get the growth? These small towns want to stay alive and get some growth. How do you get the Perhaps by encouraging the decentralization of industry throughout the province, said the planner. "The death of these small towns is quite sad. You drive through them and they are really in a very bad said Mr. Hickman. "Still, people live said Coun. Dragland. "But when the neighbors leave, you don't want to stay either." The Hcrald- District Forty-Mile briefs Planner urges land-use brief New ambulance talks secret By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FOREMOST William Hickman, planner with the Medicine Hat Regional Planning Commission, Friday agreed with County of Forty- Mile Coun. William George McFall that the planners should and could prepare a submission for the Alberta land use forum. Public hearings will be held by the land use forum this fall and early in 1975 with briefs acceptable on the family farm, multi-use of agricultural land, use of agricultural land for recreational purposes, corporation and communal farming and other subjects. Coun. McFall said villages and hamlets in the county are dying "because the land is all held by big corporations and Hutterite He said there could still be some hope for the vanishing communities if the land use forum recommends to the provincial government that the size of corporation and communal fanning holdings be limited. Coun. Frank Romeike suggested to Mr. Hickman Housing surveyed PINCHER CREEK The Pincher Creek Old Age Pensioners Association heard Dr. Juan Teran explain a survey which is now being conducted in Pincher Creek to determine the need for a low- cost housing project for senior citizens. At present there doesn't seem to be enough 'suitable housing accommodation for senior citizens. The Alberta Housing Commission and Municipali- ties would build, but the mini- mum -would be six units. Either lodge-type or self-contained units could be available. The: self-contained units would have each suite completely self-contained with kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Rents would be based on a graduated rent-to-income scale. Rents range from a month upward depending on a person's monthly income. AH utilities are included except lights and telephone. In the event that the survey shows a need, the Alberta housing commission would assume responsibility in the design, construction and financing. that the planners could prepare a joint brief for the counties of Forty-Mile and Newell. "I would suggest it would have a'better impact than if two different briefs were going said Coun. Romeike. The discussion was triggered by Coun. Marg Dragiand when she said, "There is no reason why Etzikom is dying." Coun. McFall answered, "Yes, there is a good reason because the land is all held by big corporation and Hutterite colonies." Mr. Hickman said all the smaller towns can't be saved, have to be closed out. Coun. Dragland agreed they all can't be saved "but we should take an interest in some of them.'' The planner said "If you can get a land use study going for the county and find out what land is here, what it's now used for and what it could be used for it would be of great assistance to the county. He said a great proportion of the land in the county is owned by the department of lands and forests. The majority of this land is leased for grazing, some for only a few cents a year. Some grazing land just north of Medicine Hat is better quality than irrigated land, he said. Mr. Hickman said the commission has the professionals to do .a land use brief and it could be part of the commission's work. Coun. Russell Scratch said he thought it would be too big a job for the planners but Mr. Hickman assured him "that is part of our job." "What good does it'do to asked Coun. Dragland "You can't plan without said the planner. He said the best use of land becomes a value judgment and it is very difficult to determine whether some land be used for grazing or for cropping. He suggested some areas are now in the wrong role and "maybe they will slowly switch roles but it will take time." The Medicine Hat planner would be greatly assisted in preparing such a brief by the Canada Land Inventory, computerized, completed, but because it is based on aerial photos, sometimes in error. Maps for the County of Forty-Mile will be available soon. The planner said, however, that "you can get one fanner, he knows what his land is, what it can grow, and it can be quite different (to the Canada Land The morning sun sparkles and glistens over a frosty field at Carmangay while the town's elevators Carmangay skyline perform sentry duty on the bluff in the background. Bible reading earns high mark CARDSTON (HNS) A high mark of 87 was earned by Joanne Ririe of Magrath in the Cardston and District Festival. Her entry in Bible reading. 12 years class, earned the highest mark of the day. Sharing the honor were the Cardston Music Makers under the direction of Ralph Kennard. They received a mark of 174 for two numbers in the choral societies, mixed- voices class. Many classes from the Magrath, Lee Creek. St. Marys. Glen Hill, Westside and Cardston junior high schools entered the choral speech and school chorus classes. These were adjudicated but no marks were given. Results follow: BOYS AND GIRLS SOLO Under 6 years: Angela Beazer. 841: Michael Paqoette. 83. GIRLS SOLO: 6 to 7 years: Julie Cameron. 83. 8 lo 9 years: Susan French. 82. 10 years: Julie Ann Jensen. 85; Marilyn Webster, 83. 11 years: Margie Low, 85: Tamara Tagg, 84. 12 years: Lisa Matkin, 86. 13 years: Terina French. 80. 14 .years: Lilly Gay Steed, 82. 15 years: Trudy Pitcher, 85. BOYS SOLO Grade 7: Mark Marker. 83. 8 to 10 years: Mark Pitcher. 84. 11 to 13 years: Kendall Cameron. 82. 60 to 7 years: Jimmie Low, 83. 8 to 9 years: Darrel Walburger, 84; Mark Pitcher. 83. GIRLS SOLO 8 to 10 years: Julie Ann Jensen, 83. 11 to 13 years: Margie Low, 83 14 to 16 years: Trudy Pitcher, 84-' Tammy Kearl. 83. SACRED SOLO Boys 16 and under: Kendall Cameron. 83: Ronald Shideier. 82. Girls and under: Tradv Pitcher 85: Lilly Gay Steed. 83. Open: Cindy West, 85: Teresa Pitcher. 84. Senior: Mrs. Emma Knoch. 81. VOCAL DUET Senior: Cindy West and Marnie West. 86. VOCAL TRIO Senior: Berdene Farren. Lexie McMurray. Ruby Leavitt. 82. VOCAL QUARTETTE Senior: Myra Humphreys. Jean Smith. Kathleen Bevans. Jean Meyer 84: Terry Kennard. Craig Miller. Mike LitOc. Lloyd Gaboon. 83. LIGHT OPERA SOLO 19 years and under: Cindy West, 83. Senior: Mrs. Emma Knoch, 82. FAMILY MUSIC Mel Pitcher Family, 86; Glen Broadhead Family, 85. MUSICAL THEATRE SOLO 12 years and under: Mark Pitcher. 84: Heather Campbell, 80; Douglas Campbell. 80 14 years and under: Tamara Tagg, 86. 16 years and under: Trudy Pitcher. 84. 19 years: Teresa Pitcher. 85. CHORAL SOCIETIES Mixed Voices: Mjisic Makers. 174. CANADIAN POETRY 6 years and under: Gale Hartley. 85: Heather Nelson, 84. 8 years and under: Leanne Davies. 83: Heather Campbell. 81. LYRIC POETRY 6 years and under: Gale Hartlev. 86; Heather Nelson. 83. 8 years: Leanne Davies. 83; James Dudley. 82. Dana Passev. 82 10 years: Wade Bevans, 84: Greg Davies. 83. DRAMATIC POETRY 6 years: Staccy French. 84: Heather Nelson. 83. 8 years: Max Gibb. 83: Douglas Campbell. 82. STORYTELLING 8 years and under: Heather Campbell, 82. Dana Passey. 82 10 years: Greg Davies, 84. Uerald Hartley, 83. DUOLOGUE 12 years: Joanne Ririe and Karen Alston. 85; Dorothy Ann Palmer and Sbauna Nalder, 84. CANADIAN POETRY Open: Nadia Campbell. 80. BIBLE READING 10 years: Robert Campbell, 80. 12 years: Joanne Ririe. 87: Linda Hartely. 83. Melodee Marker, 83 Open: Lori Hinjnan, 86. SONNET 14 years: Dwaine Palmer, 86; Carol Hartley. 84. FOREMOST (Staff) The County of Forty-Mile went into committee of the whole Friday to have secret discussions on a proposal to purchase a new ambulance jointly with the Village of Foremost and to hear a submission by William Gray of Lethbridge, sales representative for Burroughs Business Machines. Mr. Gray was presumably giving a sales presentation for bookkeeping equipment (if computerized it can run as high as Results of tnese deliberations have not been released. In open meeting, council discussed a price range of to for fire truck and equipment. It was submitted by Saskatoon Fire Engine Company of Calgary. Councillors Marg Dragland and William George McFall said they favor buying one fire not three as proposed earlier. Council took no action, pending receipt of additional information and more sounding out of ratepayers' views. Deputy Minister W. D. Isbister has notified the county the School Foundation Program levy will not apply to farm lands except non-family corporate farms. This is in regards to a query by secretary-treasurer Roy Wallman on revisions to the Alberta Property Tax Reduction Act. A 15-year service pin was presented to Coun. Frank Romeike, absent from the recent annual ratepayers' meeting because of illness. Reeve Dan Vanden Berg made the presentation. The county will help students with Opportunity For Youth projects again this year. The consensus of councillors was that more supervision of these projects is necessary. Cemeteries will be upgraded and the county public works shop will be painted. Grade 11's get Grade 12's a week. The Manyberries Community Association will be given about half of the municipal taxes, to be used for public works projects including gravelling of streets, installation of a culvert and other projects. Coun. Lyle Nattrass said he fears the community well is going dry and perhaps a deep well will have to be drilled. An appreciation night will be held for former premier Harry Strom beginning at April 30 at the Taber Civic Centre. Reeve Dan Vanden Berg and councillors Russell Scratch, Marg Dragland, Bill Gejdos and Frank Romeike will sit as a court of revision at 1 p.m. on May 24, date of the regular May county council meeting. Three appeals are scheduled to date. Grazing rates for four quarters will be set soon. "I know there is a little conflict in the cabinet on what these rates should said Coun. Lyle Nattrass. "One wants it a little higher and one wants it a little lower." Rates for road Allowance leases are 50 cents an acre or a mile, doubled from last year. Coun. Bill Gejdos told council agricultural fieldman Vern Arnold has written the department to seek assistance for farmers in the form of a rebate on chemical purchase in the fight against wild oats. Minister may visit Pincher to discuss hospital project PUBLIC MEETING "Invitations to Public Meeting of Cargill Grain Canada Limited. Cargill offers exclusively "Best of Both Worlds" on RAX, IIWE. WE. MBTMD WHROWBI Mvajffnyjv SJTW to DV hsjld S pjfn. fna> VoMowtfiij Tundqr, March Twrn CM> town ff Mwrctl ThuTMfay, March 28th CtonMtafin MXO JF HMD PINCHER CREEK