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Subdivision proposed west of Ferguson Lake

A developer is looking to build a rural subdivision immediately west of the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve, according to report to the directors of the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. The proposal, by a numbered B.C.

A developer is looking to build a rural subdivision immediately west of the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve, according to report to the directors of the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

The proposal, by a numbered B.C. company, would see 13 lots ranging in size from 1.62 hectares (four acres) to 2.96 ha. (7.3 acres) developed on the 32.5 ha. (80 acre) parcel. A 400 metre access road would connect the subdivision to Pilot Mountain Road.

The proposed subdivision is in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, right on the edge of city limits. The area was logged more than four years ago and remains mostly cleared.

The proposed site plan includes a pair of greenbelts to allow a minimum setback of 15 metres from a pair of unnamed streams on the property, which flow into Ferguson Lake.

The developer is looking to rezone the property from Rural Residential 1 to Rural Residential 2 to facilitate the subdivision. If the rezoning is approved, the developer would have to provide proof of a drinking water supply and sewage disposal system capacity for the lots, before the subdivision would be approved, a regional district report said.

The eastern portion of the lot, closest to the lake, is in a Development Permit Area designated in the Salmon River-Lakes Official Community Plan. Any development in that area would require the district to issue a development permit, "with the objectives of ensuring lake water quality and aesthetic scenic qualities of the lakeshore," the district report said.

The regional district will be holding a public hearing on the proposed rezoning at 6:30 p.m. on April 8, via a teleconference. Written or emailed submissions can be sent to the regional district until noon on April 7.

For more information, go online to www.rdffg.bc.ca/services/development/land-use-planning/current-applications/electoral-area-a/bylaw-3195.

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