Indoor shooting range approved
An indoor shooting range is coming to Red Deer County’s McKenzie Industrial Business Park.
The municipal planning commission approved the development permit during the July 3 meeting.
The commission originally had issue with the request to provide 21 trees and 35 shrubs instead of the required 25 trees and 51 shrubs.
Mayor Jim Wood said he would be willing to approve the application if the landscaping requirements could be met.
Coun. David Hoar suggested flipping the building design so the long portion of the building – which would allow for the shooting range – could rest along the south boundary.
Applicant Mark Hamman, who was present to speak with council, said it wouldn’t fit well with the setup of the compound, explaining that a portion of the yard is used as part of the training facility. He said it would also still cause problems meeting the setback requirements.
Instead, the two parties agreed to move the building 5.6 metres west to meet landscaping requirements.
“We could host several RCMP events at this site,” said Hamman.
Cottage denied for Dickson Cove
MPC turned down an application to build a cottage in a Direct Control District in Dickson’s Cove.
The applicant’s plan was to remove a trailer from a carport and enclose the area to create a space with a bedroom, kitchen, dining area and bathroom. It was turned down last week because it was in a Direct Control District.
The area is meant as a resort for recreational vehicles on a seasonal basis.
The applicant came forward and said he was disappointed to see that it wasn’t approved when other applications have been approved in the past.
“Before us is (the decision) whether to approve something that is against our bylaw,” said Div. 6 Coun. George Gerhke. “I hope discussion on this bylaw comes up in the future,” he said.
Gerhke suggested to the applicant that he get his neighbours together and send a request to the commission and to council to review the bylaw.
Council postpones decision
Council postponed making a decision on a subdivision application north of Innisfail. This is the second time it has gone before council.
During a June 19 meeting, council requested the boundary be moved to the west boundary of the quarter section. In the report to the commission, the applicant asked not to move the property and stated a few reasons why, including the fact there is enough room in the proposed area to bring a tractor and cattle through to the west side of the proposed new boundary.
Council had concerns with the road, stating that it would be a shared road and in the future could cause problems in the subdivision.
“I don’t like shared roads,” said Div. 5 Coun. Richard Lorenz.
“I think that the comment that will be made on the shared access is they’re family and it’ll work happily,” said Div. 6 Coun. George Gerhke. “But the problem is it’s a subdivision and eventually one of them won’t live there and there’ll be a scrap.”
Council postponed its decision to determine if there’s access to both parcels.