An application to have some agricultural land rezoned to allow a small cottage development near Little Jackfish Lake is still in the preliminary stages, according to RM of Harrison Reeve Murray Davies.
“A (farmer) wants to change the land description there around the lake,” Davies said. “He’s applied to the government for the subdivision and rezoning.”
At this point, the land description change is being considered by the government, Davies said.
“It goes to the government first, then to the planning district, then to council,” Davies said. “We don’t know a whole lot about it right now because it goes through all the departments and until they give out their recommendations we don’t know much.”
“It’s in the preliminary stages so far,” he added.
On Jan. 16, the South Riding Mountain Planning District will host a meeting in Erickson to listen to feedback regarding the possible change in land-use.
Davies said he will reserve comment on the potential subdivision until he sees what the recommendations are from the province and planning committee.
Little Jackfish Lake, which is located west of Erickson, is relatively undeveloped.
“There is one house on the south end of the lake and another guy that has a cabin there, but that’s about it,” Davies said.
Virginia Shemeliuk, who lives in Sandy Lake, wants to see the lake remain untouched.
In a letter to the editor in today’s Brandon Sun, Shemeliuk is “appealing to any Brandonites who have enjoyed fishing or just hanging out at Little Jackfish Lake.”
Shemeliuk is urging people to attend the January planning meeting to voice concern about the possible rezoning.
“Many, many people have enjoyed this lake over the years,” she wrote in the letter. “The Erickson Wildlife Association has spent a great deal of time and volunteer labour to make sure the fish stocks are viable in the lake for anglers. I am most concerned that this small lake will be spoiled for future generations by overdevelopment and overuse/pollution of this natural resource. As well, taking Class 4 agricultural land out of the agricultural land base of the province has far-reaching, detrimental implications to the welfare of the local area and the province.”
For his part, Davies said he’s interested to see what the turnout will be like at the meeting.
“We will see what kind of opposition we get at the meeting or if we get any,” Davies said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 2, 2013