Reeve Upham declared the Public Hearing open at 1:08 p.m.
Council was informed that the public Hearing was advertised in accordance with section 606 of the M.G.A. and the adjacent landowners were notified.
Krystle Fedoretz, Planning and Development Officer, informed those in attendance that the purpose of the Public Hearing is to discuss Bylaw No. 1576, Garner Lake ASP.
There were no written submissions.
Jane Dauphinee, Municipal Planning Services, gave a presentation on the Garner Lake Area Structure Plan. She informed those present that the objective of the Area Structure Plan is to establish plan goals and land use management principles for land management and development; to provide land use planning policies; and to establish a future development pattern for Garner Lake.
Ratepayers in attendance were Peter Rurka, Dwayne Rurka, Dave and Kim Scheopp, Collette and Jim McEwen. Their main concern with the plan is the designation of a Residential Conservation Area.
Jim McEwen requested clarification on the purpose of the Residential Conservation Area. After receiving clarification, Mr. McEwen informed Council that he is opposed to designating PSW 23-60-12-W4 as a residential conservation area. He does not feel that new development on the lake should be allowed until a depth limit study is done. Jane advised that the depth limit study is no longer used as it is not an accurate method of calculating what the lake will withstand. Mr. McEwen then advised that he still does not support further development on the lake, as the lake will not withstand it.
Dwayne Rurka also spoke in opposition to the Residential Conservation Area. He stated that because the water levels continue to go down, the lake will not withstand any new development. If Smoky Lake County is not allowing for future development in their ASP, then the County of St. Paul should not either.
Dave Scheopp also stated that he is opposed to the proposed Residential Conservation Area as the lake will not hold up to further development.
Following the presentation by the ratepayers, Reeve Upham declared the Public Hearing closed at 1:45 p.m.
Jane Dauphinee, Municipal Planning Services, was instructed by Council to amend the map to remove the Residential Conservation Area and provide the revised map for the September Council Meeting. The Bylaw with amended map will be presented at the September Council Meeting for 2nd and 3rd reading.