Reeve Upham declared the Public Hearing open at 11:00 a.m. with all members of Council present.
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.
Council was then informed that the purpose of the public hearing is to discuss Bylaw No. 1578, which is a bylaw to amend Land Use Bylaw No. 1486 as it relates to rezoning SE 16-57-7-W4 from Agricultural to Industrial/Commercial. The landowner wishes to expand his business and use the property to park oil field trucks - vacs, pressure, flushbys and perform light maintenance on approximately 6 trucks. Under the current zoning, this is not a permitted use.
Krystle Fedoretz, Planning and Development Officer, then read a letter dated July 6, 2011 from Glenn Scott, owner of NW 33-56-6-W4 expressing his concern regarding the proposed application for rezoning. He stated that the proposed rezoning may have no immediate adverse effects on his property but he may feel the effects in the future. He is concerned about safety, nuisance traffic, adverse odors, noise and deteriorating roads that may result from the proposed rezoning.
Krystle Fedoretz read aloud the letter from Cliff & Chereth Quist which states that they do not oppose the change in land use but they are concerned about the increased relocation of oilfield businesses to rural sites and the increase in traffic. They requested that Range Road 72 from Armistice road north one and one half miles to the east/west road that runs past the SE 15-57-7-W4 to Hwy 41 be closed to oilfield traffic.
There was no one present to speak in favor or against the proposed bylaw.
Reeve Upham recessed the meeting at 11:13 a.m. and reconvened it at 11:18 a.m. with all members of Council present.
Council discussed the proposed rezoning and the precedent it would set for future development. They then discussed the impact it would have on county infrastructure. County assessor, Glenn Zayac was then admitted to the Council room to inform Council that even if the full quarter section is rezoned as industrial/commercial, only the area that is used for industrial/commercial would be taxed at that rate. The balance of the property would continue to be taxed as farmland until the landowner uses it for industrial/commercial purposes. Following the discussion, Glenn Zayac left the Council Chambers.