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Langdon setback relaxations raise questions

Rocky View Council voted to relax setback requirements for two properties in Langdon, putting a spotlight on the fees associated with the applications. File Photo/Rocky View Publishing

Rocky View County (RVC) council unanimously approved two site-specific amendments to Direct Control bylaws in Langdon in order to relax side yard setbacks at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The first application, according to senior planner Stefan Kunz, allows an attached shed to remain on a property on Boulder Creek Way, while the second allows a cantilever extension to remain at a dwelling on Thomas Street.

“This seems to be coming up quite a bit in Langdon, lately,” said area councillor, Deputy Reeve Al Schule. “I really feel for the residents that are having to come in and pay for this to be done.”

In response to a question by Schule, Kunz said the cost for these types of applications was $2,000, but RVC would waive or cover the fee if it stemmed from an error on Planning or Building Services’ part.

Subsequent to the approvals, Schule made a motion arising to refund the applicants. The motion failed 5-3, with only Couns. Jerry Gautreau and Daniel Henn joining Schule in support.

“I don’t like the fact that [the fee] is $2,000 – I do think that’s too steep,” Coun. Samanntha Wright said. “But I don’t think this is the way to do it…. If we’re going to change it, we need to change it as policy for everybody moving forward.”

Coun. Kevin Hanson was absent from the meeting.

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