Local briefs – November 18

Husky Oil Limited wants to revamp a downtown site with a new gas station, car wash and expanded convenience store.

Gas station, car wash, expanded store

proposed for downtown location

Husky Oil Limited wants to revamp a downtown site with a new gas station, car wash and expanded convenience store.

The company has applied to the city to rezone land it owns next to its station at 4505 49th St. to allow the station to be upgraded.

The site next door is currently zoned for residential although it had been used as a parking lot and for storage of U-Haul rental trailers. Auto service bays and U-Haul rentals will not be part of the new development.

Concerns with the rezoning had been raised, mostly by residents of the nearby Sierra Grande condominiums, but those have since been addressed, said Haley Horvath, a planner with Parkland Community Planning Services.

Council unanimously approved first reading Monday. A public hearing has been set for Dec. 14.

Councillor Frank Wong asked why council didn’t consider rezoning residential land that Eventide Funeral Chapels sits on at 4820 45th St. at the same time.

In the past, the funeral home’s application to rezone its site was rejected because other nearby land, including the property next to Husky was still residential.

Horvath said only Husky has a rezoning application in now but Eventide has expressed interest in following suit.

The funeral home is in an unusual situation. In 1989, the city’s municipal planning commission made an exception to allow the funeral home, but didn’t change the residential zoning.


Developing escarpment areas won’t be so simple in the future

The city is toughening up rules for developing escarpment areas in the city.

Under bylaw changes unanimously approved Monday, those who want to develop on an escarpment area must provide a slope cross-section prepared by a qualified surveyor. Previously, the bylaw did not say who had to prepare the cross-section.

Also, a development permit will now be required for excavating or adding fill in an escarpment area, and the city has now given itself the authority to ask for a landscaping plan for a proposed escarpment development.

To protect the city from liability, another bylaw change requires that someone undertaking a development provide an agreement indemnifying the city from any responsibility for actions taken. The agreement will be required if the city requires a geotechnical assessment or investigation because of the nature of a development.

Previously, it was unclear which developments would require an indemnity agreement, said Tara Lodewyk, a planner with Parkland Community Planning Services.

The bylaw also revamps the city’s escarpment maps to better reflect actual slopes and conditions.


Arson suspect arrested

Rocky Mountain House RCMP have arrested a man in connection with an alleged arson spree in a local trailer park.

Police were called to the trailer park about 2 a.m. Tuesday after someone complained a trailer home had been broken into and a purse stolen.

Shortly after, a truck and van were ignited and the flames spread to a nearby motorhome in the Kilian Estates Trailer Park.

A male suspect in the alleged arsons was arrested nearby and remains in custody.

Police are still looking for a second male suspect believed to have been involved in the break and enter.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rocky RCMP at 403-845-2882 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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