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City to add property to park

Approximately 335 metres of trail are a step closer to becoming an official part of Little Mountain Park.

City council has given final reading to zoning and official community plan amendments related to the acquisition of a 2.3 hectare portion of property  from G. and M. Hartling, who live adjacent to the park. The city is in the process of purchasing this portion from the Hartlings for $60,000.

At the Nov. 27 council meeting, city development and planning director Kevin Pearson explained park users have been trespassing on the Hartling’s property – through which a portion of the Outer Loop trail runs – for a long time, though the Hartlings haven’t really worried about it. With council’s approval, staff began making arrangements for the purchase of the 2.3 hectares for park land.

“It’s been held at third reading until the Agriculture Land Commission approved this,” said Pearson. “They just approved the subdivsion last week – it took about seven months for that – and we got a minor extension on the purchasing agreement with the Hartlings because of that delay. So now we’re ready for final reading.”

The city’s agricultural committee was split on approving the purchase, with some arguing the money could be better used to expand infrastructure.

Coun. Ken Jamieson, who chairs the committee, was in favour however.

“It’s not being paved, there’s not big holes being dug on it, it’s going to be left as is and there will be a trail that runs through it,” said Jamieson. “And for me, I think that’s a good use of agricultural land until we find a time where we need to farm it or use it for another farming purpose.”

The next steps are subdivision, as well as the actual purchase. The remaining four hectares of the Hartlings’ property will be designated acreage reserve in the OCP, and cannot be subdivided.

 

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