File photo of bales after harvest. Karin Yeske/News Talk Radio
Corman Park officials are looking to change the zoning bylaws in the rural municipality to allow more homes per quarter-section of land.
Corman Park Reeve Judy Harwood said the best way to look at this change is to consider what you can do with a half-quarter section, or 80 acres.
“On 80 acres of land, what you’re allowed to do (if we go ahead with this) is sell one parcel of 10 acres or two five-acre lots and still live on 70 acres,” said Harwood.
In 1994, council ruled that only one home can be built on an 80-acre parcel of land, but with a growing demand for land in the country, Corman Park is looking to increase its population density and ultimately its tax-base.
“We’ve seen the RMs around us are growing certainly more than we’re growing so that’s an indication that maybe we need to take a look at our rules so that’s motivated us to take a look at this,” said Harwood.
Currently Corman Park sits with a population of about 8,300. Harwood said it’s difficult to say how much the RMs population will increase, adding that if the new zoning bylaw passes, that doesn’t mean land-owners will be selling parcels of land.
“They have the ability to do it if they want, if they don’t they don’t have to,” said Harwood.
The decision is presently before council, but Harwood said she wants to hear is the community is in favour of this change, before voting on it.
“I would suspect if we’re planning to move forward on this… we’re hoping we could have this ready for development to start early spring,” she said.
Harwood said people are still interested in living in the country and her office has heard from residents that they are looking for land; however where they can settle is a little restrictive under the current rules that allow only one home per 80 acres.
“We’ve got people that have farmed a long time and would like to carve off a little piece for their son or grandchildren,” said Harwood, who sat on council for six years in the 1990s.