November 14th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 46
Council updates:
New pub, powerhouse demolition, country residential
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Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council from left tor right: Councillors Marlene Anctil, Dave Filipuzzi, Doreen Glavin, Mayor Blair Painter, Councillors Lisa Sygutek, Gordon Lundy and Dean Ward.
Pass Herald Reporter
Brew pub

Council passed second and third reading to permit a brew pub to be operated at 10801 20 Avenue in Blairmore.

According to Administration’s report, the building was originally constructed as a snowmobile dealership and has most recently been occupied by a glass repair shop. The applicants would like to renovate the property to “improve the building aesthetic, provide for a patio space, provide barrier-free access, and incorporate large windows to capitalize on the view-scape.” The applicants intend to operate an on-site brewery and a restaurant with a seating capacity of about 60 people.

The Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) noted that the proposed business would “fill a market gap in the Crowsnest Pass, and potentially be a valuable component of the municipality’s tourism portfolio.”

Since the Land Use Bylaw does not currently have provisions to define and regulate Brew Pub uses, an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw would add this use as a discretionary use for certain parcels.

A public hearing for the brew pub was held at the beginning of the meeting, but no members of the public spoke towards the bylaw.
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Demolition of Crowsnest Lake Powerhouse

Council approved a permit to demolish the former East Kootenay Power Company’s Sentinel Power Plant, located along Crowsnest Lake. According to Administration’s report, the owner of the structure has concerns about repeated break-ins into the heavily dilapidated building.
The municipality has stipulated that measures need to be taken to ensure that run-off and debris from the demolition do not enter the adjacent Crowsnest Lake and that a plan for reclamation of the site be created. Prior to the demolition, the municipality will take interior and exterior photos of the structure.

Alberta Culture and Tourism also requires that care is taken to not disturb the archaeological resources around the site.
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Country Residential

Council has approved a draft amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that revises the storage of recreational vehicles (RVs) on Grouped Country Residential (GCR) parcels.

Earlier this year, council considered a proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that removed the 30-day allowance for storing an RVs on a GCR parcels where principle use has not been established. This created backlash from property owners living on GCR parcels and prompted Council to rethink the bylaw.

The new drafted bylaw includes a two-year grace period that allows storage of up to two RVs on parcels where no principal use has been established. Following that grace period, no use of RVs would be permitted without a principle use. Once a principle use has been approved, the amendment bumps up the permitted number of temporary accommodation RVs from one to three. There is a clause which explicitly prohibits RVs used for permanent living accommodations.

The draft bylaw will appear before Council for first reading and the public hearing will be reopened.
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