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Public Notification


RM of Mervin No. 499 Public Notice Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Public Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality (RM) of Mervin No. 499 intends to adopt two (2) bylaws under the Planning and Development Act, 2007, to amend Bylaw No. 94-4, known as the Zoning Bylaw (ZB).

INTENT: Bylaw 2023-04: Introduce discretion and evaluation for Council to allow a min. site size of 0.45ha (reduced from 0.5ha) for single parcel country residential development in the (A) Agricultural and (CON) Conservation zoning districts. The amendment content is structured to apply narrowly and to not supplant the current prescribed regulation. Bylaw 2023-05: Introduce discretion of the Development Officer (DO)to accept a previously surveyor-prepared survey sketch plan or property report. The use of a previously prepared document as part of a development permit application could be employed where it is less than three years old, the proposed development has limited potential to contravene a min. yard requirement, and contains all the information required by the DO to make an informed decision. Said process should help proponents and builders ensure their development is compliant.

AFFECTED LAND: Lands within the (A) and (CON) Districts would be affected by the proposed Bylaw 2023-04. All lands within the RM would be affected by the proposed Bylaw 2023-05 (note: some existing exemptions would continue to apply).

REASON: Bylaw 2023-04: Council is considering introducing some flexibility on the min. site size requirement for the use and circumstance stated above to: address natural or man-made features; land swaps; and, other practical circumstances where a lesser site size is warranted. Bylaw 2023-05: Council is considering granting authority to the DO to accept a previously prepared survey document in lieu of a new survey sketch plan at the time of development application to potentially limit costs for new development. The use of a previously prepared survey document would be acceptable to Council where it still provides the detailed site information required for the DO to make an informed decision on applications for bylaw compliance and site suitability.

PUBLIC INSPECTION: Any person may inspect the bylaws at the RM of Mervin No. 499 office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding statutory holidays. Copies will be available to the public at a cost, by emailing the contact below, or on the RM’s website.  Copies of the proposed amendments are available for viewing here:

PUBLIC HEARING: Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 1:30 PM in the RM office located at 211 Main St. in the Town of Turtleford to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed amendments; a digital participation component will be available to the public. Council will consider written and emailed comments at the meeting, along with in-person and digital representations. The deadline for receipt of comments, and requests for online representation must be received by the RM office or its Planner by noon on April 10, 2023. For additional information, please contact the administrator at (306) 845-2045 or [email protected] Box 130 Turtleford, SK S0M 2Y0.

Issued at the Town of Turtleford this 20th day of March 2023

Brenda Ottenbreit CAO
RM of Mervin No. 499