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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ENJOY A HAWAIIAN CRUISE with P O ;ruiie lina 14 days from Departures May through July 1973 ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Villag. Mall Phon. 328.3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, May 1, 1973 PAGES 13 TO 24 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. lowtr 7th Strett Shopping Mall Alberta Phont (403) 328-7411 FILING CABINETS Some in Oldman River basin Resorts proposed for mountain areas By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A development almost four times the size of the contro- versial Villaeo Lake Louise project is being proposed for the Clearwa'.er Forest Reserve on the eastern boundary -of Banff National Park. The proposed million Mount Cline Leisure Resort would be a total resort village featuring tourist trade cen- tres and sports, recreation snd conference facilities. It would be located on the lower slopes of Mount Cline, adjacent to the Cline River end Highway 11. Other major commercial development proposals for Al- Reivritten planning act to be 'best' Alberta's deputy minister of municipal affairs told more than 100 persons at a planning seminar Monday that the new provincial planning act next year is supposed to be the best in North America. Bill Ibister, speaking in place of the municipal affairs minister who was unable to attend, said the rewritten Al- berta Planning Act to be en- acted m 1974 will define with more precision restrictions on development in the province. Mr. Ibister said Dave Rus- sell, the minister who is an architect, a former member of the Calgary regional plan- ning commission and "very pro-planning" has ordered that the new act be the best in North America. "It's a tall order." said the deputy minister, "but we're trying." With growing problems of urbanization, Albertans ai s coming to accept the import- ance of good planning he said. "Planning is a thing people accept with much better grace than they did a few years he told an Oldman River Regional Planning Com- mission workshop. When the southwest Alberta region adopts a regional plan later this year, three of the seven planning regions will have official plans and three more "are in the advanced he said. Mr. Ibister, who was pro- moted to deputy minister this week with the retirement of A. W. Morrison, pledged clos- er co-operation between the provincial planning office and the regions. berta's eastern slopss an- nounced by the province's En- vironment Conservation Auth- ority include a recreation and touris1- resort to be located on a acre site. This million to S15 million resort is proposed for the Bow River Forest Reserve which extends to the east boundary of Banff National Park. HEARINGS A ?5.5 million resort village is also bsing proposed for 'he Clearwater Forest area and a all-year tourist and recreation resort is proposad for the lower slopes of Pigecn Mountain, adjacent to the Trans-Canada highway. Public hearings into land use and resource develop- ment in the province's moun- tain and foothill regions will be held in each of the five drainage basin areas in June and July. It is hoped that individuals and organizations will attend tne hearings to put forth their comments and discuss the major development proposals and other conservation con- cerns, says Julian Kinisky, one of three Environment Conser- vation Authority members. The former alderman and mayorality candidate in Ed- monton said in Lethbridge Monday the government is giving the people of Alberta the chance to become direct- ly involved in controlling their environment at the bearings. He says the members of the EGA are entering the hear- ings with a neutral opinion and will report the concerns of the people at the hearing in their report to the govern- ment. People need not worry about the EGA report being ignored by the government because the legislation that created the ECA also stipulat- ed that the report "must be- come part of legislation when he claimed. Mr. Kinisky says he joined the ECA because it allows him to become directly in- volved in the control of Al- berta's environment. Environmental issues in- cluding the controlled growth of Edmonton ware part of his mayoralty campaign in the province's capital city. ENVIRONMENTAL WATCHDOG "It's the only job I ever had that makes me resent week- ends because there is so much to be done and still it is re- quired that I take the week- end he said. Another function of the ECA is to act as a watchdog for all areas of the environ- ment including any legisla- tion proposed by the govern- ment that may have an ef- fect on the environment. In ths future he sees Al- berta's fresh water resources becoming a major concern of environmentalists and wi'l likely become the topic of ECA hearings. "No matter wLat the U.S. does to improve tlmr present fresh water systems, in 5 years they won't have suffi- cient waler to survive and they're bcund to look at Can- ada because havs one- ninth of the world's fresh said Mr. Kinisky. CROWSNEST FOREST The ECA has also released the major commercial devel- opment proposals for the Old- man River basin. An all-year rec- reation resort is proposed for and 80-acre site in the Crows- nest Forest, northwest of the West Castle River and Grav- enstafel Creek. A million tourist ac- commodation and recreation facility is proposed for a acre site adjacent to the West- Castle road and bordering the Crowsnest Forest at Beaver Mines Creek. Youth hostels at an esti- mated each are pro- posed for West Castle, Frank and Livingstone Falls. CAMPGROUNDS Similar commercial and pri- vate proposals for the Old- man River basin include a campground adjacent to the Lundbreck Falls, a trail rid- ing operation adjacent to the Forestry Trunk Road, a campground near the east gate" of Waterton National Park and four proposals re- lated to recreational cottage development. Public information centres have been set up in the towns and cities in each of the re- gions where the hearings will be held, further information on any of the commercial proposals can be obtained at the information centres. The Oldman River Basin hearings will begin June 11 in She Crowsnest Ccnsolidated High School Auditorium in Goieman. A two-day hearing will fol- low at the Yates Memorial Theatre in Lethbridge on June 13 and 14. Last-minute licence line Monday was a busy day at the Lethbridge motor vehicles branch office and Alberta Motor Association as residents lined up to purchase their motor vehicle and trailer licence plates. This morning 15 persons were waiting for the dears to open at the motor vehicles branch and eight were waiting at the AMA. Persons not having their 1973 plates on their cars today are liable to a 510 penalty ticket and may have their vehicles towed away. The motor vehicles branch reports it sold licence plates Monday and a total of car passenger plates this year compared with for the comparable period last year. The AMA sold 380 plates Monday and have sold 1973 car passenger plates, 40 more than last year. Colleges' council executive elected By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer The students' council presi- dent of Lethbridge Commun- ity College has been named vice-chairman of a provin- cial group representing stu- dents from nine Alberta col- leges. Rob Gregg was elected to the position during a weekend meeting of student delegates at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. Known as the Presidents' Committee, comprised of nine Alberta student council college presidents and nine appointees from each mem- ber college, the group hopes to become a direct link be- tween Alberta students and Advanced Education Minis- ter Jim Foster. Chairman of the Presi- dents' Committee is Ren Seheurkogel, of the South- ern Alberta Institute of Tech- nology in Calgary. Wendy Rasmussen, student council arivisrr at LCC, is secretary for the committee. Only Mount Royal College at Calgary, which is facing internal student difficulties of its own, will not be represent- ed on the newly-formed or- ganization. Support has not yet been received, but is possible, from students at Camrose. Included in the Presidents Committee are student dele- gates from LCC, Vermilion, Grande Prairie, Grant Mac- Ewan College, Northern Al- Alberta Institute of Tech- nology in Edmonton, Southern Alberts Institute of Technol- ogy, Olds Regional College, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. 80-acre minimum size proposed for farms JL By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer Eighty acres would be the minimum size allowed for a farm if a number of propos- als made public at a work- shop Monday are accepted by tiie Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. Area'? growth discussed AIR CONDITION NOW with the ROUND ONE Carrier ALCCN REFRIGERATION tTD. FURNACES, SHEET METAL and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 2214 43 Sf. S. Ph. 327-5816 Government industrial in- centive programs got a pat on the back at the annual Oldman River Regional Plan- ning Commission Workshop Monday. The overall population of southwest Alberta declined about one per cent from 1961 until 1936 when the federal Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 Department of Regional Eco- nomic Expansion (DREE) grants to slow growth areas program began to bs felt. The overall population of Oldman River planning re- gion has increased since then, said John Kovacs, an associate planner with the planning commission However, compared with the Edmonton and Calgary regions, the rest of the prov- ince re m a i n s a "slow- growth" area. In small group discussions, planners and government of- ficials at the meeting debated the concept of "growth cen- Kawasaki Does your motorcycle meet government regu- lations? All cycles are required to a headlight and tail light if ridden on forest reserves. SPECIAL WHILE STOCKS LAST 1972 KAWASAKI SI CQQ 750's. Reg. 1972 KAWASAKI SI SCO's. Reg. LETHBRIDGE KAWASAKI 13th ST. and HARDIEVILLE RD. 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Also proposed were a half- mile "buffer zone" along highways, a three-mile zone to keep "intensive agricultur- al away from cities, towns and villages and restrictions on country issidential building. Mr. Simons told the meet- ing of more than 100 municip- al and provincial officials and planners that the Oldman River planning authority will be asked to set a 20-acre maximum size on country resir'.-.Yial holdings. Country hcmes will bs prohibited from areas desig- nated prime farm land ar- cording to the Canada Land Inventory, a nation-wide sur- vey of land use. At country hooies f.re "conditionally permis- sable'1 anywhere in the southwest Alberta region and there is no maximum limit in the size of rural residential property. If adopted by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, the restrictions Mill become "guidelines" for development under a new re- gional plan to be completed in June, "These restrictions will mean mean that farmers can no longer sell off a bit of their said Mr. Simons. "We're saying that prime ag- ricultural land must be kept for agriculture there's only so much left and when that's gone you'll never get it back." The proposed restrictions would be used only as guide- lines and exceptions such as approved commercial cen- tres along highways would still be permitted. At present, only two juris- dictions within the Oldman region the County of Leth- bridge and the Municipal Dis- trict of Pincher Creek have set aside "designated areas'' where residential develop- ment is permitted in ths country. The committee could be- come the voice for about 000 Alberta college students. to an interview with The Herald Monday, Miss Rasmus sen said the committee is dis- appointed that Mr. who has already given writ- ten sanction to the group did not attend last weekend's meeting at Edmonton. She said it is the fourth meeting the minister has fail- ed to attend, despite an open invitation by students for Mr. Foster to do so. Miss Rasmussen said a fall conference of the Presidents' Committee, to be held after Sept. 21. will again seek per- sonal representation from. Mr. Foster. In the meantime, she said, committee members have ap- proved a monthly newsletter for all participating student council college presidents. MSss Rasmussen said clari- fication of Mr. Foster's atti- tude toward the committee be sought before a Sept. 21 meetings of student presi- dents at Medicine Hat Col- lege. She said the date of the gen- eral fall conference will de- pend to a large extent on what type of co-operation is receiived from Mr. Foster, and, whether or not he will attend. The minister gave formal support to a united college voice in a March 13 letter to John Inkster. then president of the Grant MacEwan Com- munity College Students' As- sociation. Mr. Foster said he is "de- to accept the multi- college organization but said he holds no hope for its suc- cess if it recognizes delegates from all Alberta colleges. River heavily committed ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. 328-4095 Just Received! 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William Helton, another as- sociate planner with the re- gion, said Albertans must seme of the mistakes of neighbors to the south. The Colorado River, for in- stance, is so heavily used that despite the best water man- agement practices, the Color- ado area faces a water short- rff of crisis proportions. Helton suggested that perhaps water meters should be inslailed in irrigation works tapping the Oldman so that farmers pay for the amount of water used, rather than the current practice of per acreage payment. Irrigation water consump- tion could be cut in half, he added, if all irrigation canals adequately insulated against seepage. BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Installations Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. Open Thurs.. Fri. till 9 p.m. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dtntal Bldg. Phone 327-6565 FOR SMALL OR LARGE PARTIES BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CAKES TWr at_B Tssomov or wemnw testaulant FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP 2021 3rd AVE. S. 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