Rocky View County (RVC) council approved a redesignation that, according to planner Stefan Kunz, would facilitate the creation of a 40-acre parcel with a 76.57-acre remainder northwest of Cochrane Lake, immediately southeast of the intersection of Range Road 45 and Township Road 272.
The new parcel is intended to house an equestrian centre for horse boarding. According to applicant Larry Konschuk of Konschuk Consulting, speaking on behalf of owners Shaun Cockburn and Nicole Henson, the owners had been approached repeatedly about boarding horses.
“The need for short-term boarding is in demand in that area, and, I think, in lots of areas throughout RVC,” he said.
The application was granted first reading Sept. 10, Kunz said, at which time council requested the applicant address several matters – including a planning rationale for the new land use, a need for the use, an assessment of the appropriateness of the use and an environmental impact assessment.
Area Coun. Crystal Kissel felt the applicants had sufficiently addressed those matters, and she moved second and third reading.
“I do appreciate you taking the time to do that, and for that reason, I think you’ve done your due diligence,” she said.
An earlier version of this story characterized the development as an equestrian centre. Owner Nicole Henson clarified the development will only be used for short-term horse boarding, and will not include an arena or riding facility. This article has been changed to reflect that clarification. We regret this error.