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Posted: August 18, 2016

Hearing Aug. 24 for Wasa campground rezoning

By Nowell Berg

A parcel of land at Wasa currently zoned C-6 (golf course) is situated along the west side of Highway 93/95 stretching from Wasa Lake Park Drive in the north all the way south to the Maple Road turn off.

Northwest end of property along the old highway.(Nowell Berg photo)
Northwest end of property along the old highway.(Nowell Berg photo)

The owner, Mr. Thomas Kiy, has petitioned the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) to re-zone the land to C-4 to allow for a campground.

According to Kiy, “The RV park we propose will be for short, medium and longer term use and include buried services, pull-through sites and other amenities that other RV sites in Wasa do not offer. The park, which will be low density, will use a fraction of water, fertilizer and chemicals which a golf course must use.”

Andrew McLeod, RDEK Planning & Development Services Manager said, “The proposed change to the C-4, Service Commercial Zone will allow for subdivision and a variety of new commercial development opportunities. The public hearing for Bylaw Nos. 2709 and 2713 will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 at the Wasa Community Hall.”

RDEK Area E Director Jane Walter
RDEK Area E Director Jane Walter

RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter will chair the meeting and plans to read out the list of possible land uses in the C-4 designation, which includes 17 different types of retail trade and service industries (i.e. gas station, auction mart, manufactured homes, welding shop). Also, eight types of manufacturing industries could also be placed on the land (i.e. bakery, household and business furniture manufacturing, machine shop and boat repair shop).

The C-4 zoning also includes office and storage for the construction and logging industries as well as storage and warehousing. The land could also be used for a salvage yard, hotel, motel, horticultural and transportation industries.

“We guarantee the property will not be used for industrial purposes – we will abide by the C4, OCP and campground bylaw guidelines while maintaining environmental integrity on any development on the property,” Kiy said.

He emphatically stated: “I can guarantee that there will be no “200 unit subdivision, gravel pit nor pig farm on the property as was speculated during the OCP process.”

If you want to voice your opinion on the re-zoning of this land, be sure to attend the public hearing August 24, 7 p.m., at Wasa Hall.

Lead image: The south end of property at Maple Road turn off along Highway 93-95 (Nowell Berg photo).


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