I’m appealing to any Brandonites who have enjoyed fishing or just “hanging out” at Little Jackfish Lake located about four and a half miles east of Sandy Lake on Road 114W (Ozerna Road) to attend a public hearing being held by the South Riding Mountain Planning District on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:45 p.m. at the Town/Municipal Office located at 45 Main St. in Erickson.
SRMPD is asking for input from the public about a development proposal to put in 13-plus cottage lots in the quarter just south of the Jackfish boat launch area. The land would have to be rezoned from rural agricultural use to seasonal recreational use to accommodate the lots. Such rezoning is contrary to the policies set out in both the SRMPD development plan and Provincial Planning Regulation 81/2011.
Nevertheless, the RM of Harrison has already given second reading to Bylaw 6-2012 to rezone this Class 4 agricultural land. As well, at least one RM of Harrison councillor has told me that unless someone comes to the public hearing and makes a good case to do otherwise, he will vote for rezoning the land.
Many, many people have enjoyed this lake over the years. 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 over-development 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.
If you cannot attend the hearing in person, I urge you to write to SRMPD at Box 189, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0 to express your concerns about what impact a cottage development would have on this small lake.