County council allows two RVs per lot in county hamlets

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

A maximum of two recreational vehicles are now allowed on residential lots in Big Lakes County. But it also depends on the size of the lot.

At its Oct. 28 meeting, county council adopted a change to the land-use bylaw that allows the increase within several land-use districts. These are hamlet residential estate, hamlet residential and hamlet mixed-use.

As presented by the county’s director of planning and development Pat Olansky, the bylaw called for RVs to be “limited to two per lot, provided that the lot coverage be 40 per cent or a maximum coverage of 371 square metres or 3,993.4 square feet, whichever is greater, is not exceeded.”

Council was split on the issue as the bylaw passed by a 4 – 3 vote. Two councillors were absent.

Reeve Ken Matthews, Grouard councillor Fern Welch and Faust councillor Robert Nygaard voted against.

“One RV is enough,” said Matthews. “Two is going too far.” He predicted “This will come back to bite us.”

Matthews continued, saying many people who bought the lots for peace and quiet are unhappy with all the RVs.

Said Nygaard: “Every hamlet will be a campground.”

Nygaard noted the Municipal Planning Commission agreed to allow a maximum of two RVs on lots at least one-half acre in size.

Welch remained firm in her opposition.

“I took a stand at the beginning to keep it one RV and I’m going with that,” she said.

Councillors Donald Bissell, Don Charrois, David Marx and Ann Stewart supported the increase.

“Joussard will be the hamlet most affected,” Charrois said, adding that Joussard, Faust and Kinuso are the prime summer and tourism communities in the county.

Stewart was happy with the changes to the bylaw.

“That’s basically what we asked for,” she said. “I think most residents would want two RVs.”

Richard Simard and Ken Killeen were absent from the meeting.

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