Thursday, December 29, 2011

MD holds Public Hearing regarding proposed Tennessee Ridge development

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

A Public Hearing conducted by the Council of the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 in order to receive input on Bylaw 1219-11, which proposes to adopt the Tennessee Ridge Local Area Structure Plan. Reeve Rod Zielinski and Councillors Bjorn Berg, Helen Cyr, Terry Yagos and Rodney Cyr were in attendance, as were several MD staff members and five members of the public.

Under this plan, Livingstone Colony would create 28 country residential lots on land located approximately 8 km north of Pincher Station, with the northern edge adjacent to Highway 510. To the west and south it is bounded by agricultural farmland and to the east by an already existing subdivided lot and a preservation area.  These 28 lots would comprise 32% of the plan area, and house approximately 92 people.

At present the land in question is designated as "Agriculture A", and an amendment would be required to redesignate it "Grouped Country Residential".

An archaeological review was conducted by Arrow Archaeology which recorded eight new archaeological sites within the planned boundaries.  Three of these sites were deemed to have no further requirements.  The remaining five sites require either complete avoidance or further study as outlined by Historic Resources Management. Arrow Archaeology recommended that development be allowed to proceed. Historic Resources Act clearance may require additional testing of those sites within any planned lots.

A Phase One Environmental Assessment of the site was undertaken by AECOM.  The site has been traditionally used for light grazing, with a small portion used for crop production.  The site is agriculturally impaired due to steep slopes, shallow and exposed bedrock, a lack of water, and poor soils for growing feed, and therefore deemed to be acceptable for residential development from an agricultural point of view.

A biophysical assessment was also performed, which identified a need to protect sensitive plant and animal species.  Recommended measures to do so were incorporated into the plan presented to council. These measures included a minimum building setback of 50 metres from the top of the cliffs, an area to be left undeveloped below the cliffs on the south portion of the site to allow wildlife movement through the site to Tennessee Creek and to provide some hunting and foraging opportunities for sensitive wildlife species, all building sites to be located outside of the Oldman River ASP Preservation Area, consideration for species at risk during the construction phase of the project, and additional biophysical analysis on four lots prior to subdivision.

A geotechnical investigation conducted by AECOM identified two areas that should not be developed, and suggested septic disposal fields should be located as far away from slopes as possible.  The AECOM report also made suggestions regarding grading, drainage, limited use of sprinklers, and that roads should be kept away from the steeply sloped areas in the plan.

Fencing at the site is expected to be kept to a minimum to allow for the movement of wildlife

Domestic water for the site would be distributed from one well, with treatment facilities onsite.

Access to the site would be made via an existing roadway that connects to Highway 510.  This existing roadway would have its side slopes flattened to minimize the impact of drifting snow in the winter.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous19/9/12

    for defacement of Historic site look to your Local greed men boys and Girls. I will find out who Did this. and I will SCREAM AND PAINT UNTIL they are all in jail
    Great-grandson of William Samuel Lee


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