A plan has been offered to improve access out of McLeod Subdivision in Spallumcheen onto Highway 97A.
Three land owners have submitted an application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for approval to subdivide their three bordering properties on Whitaker Road which are in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) into a 14-lot subdivision.
“The applicants state that the purpose of the application is to allow a road network out of McLeod Subdivision which provides a safe and viable alternative route to Highway 97A,” wrote planners Marnie Skobalski and Greg Routley in their report to council.
The concept put forward by owners Barrie Seed, Gerry Popoff and Charles Whitaker includes a proposed public road through the subdivision that would link Lockhart Crescent to Reservoir Road.
“The road would facilitate an alternate route in and out of the subdivision to Highway 97A via Powerhouse Road,” states the planners’ report. “The applicants’ subdivision concept also depicts a proposed road connection to the west through ALR lands intended to provide a future link to Highway 97A via Rosedale East Road.
The township’s planning department recommends not supporting the subdivision application as the official community plan designates the properties as agricultural, and that the subject properties, according to the Canada Land Inventory, are rated as being capable of producing a wide to fairly wide range of crops.
Council’s committee of the whole recommended to council that the application be submitted to the ALC for consideration, and recommend to the ALC that the proposal be supported due to the safety issues with Highway 97A access.
Council supported the application unanimously, though Coun. Christine Fraser was absent from the meeting.
One letter of opposition for the application was received from a couple concerned that such a road would affect their property and lifestyle.