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Gas station, grocer approved near Beiseker

Rocky View County council approved a redesignation for a Beiseker-area business development, and will explore a possible tax gifting or exchange with the village. File Photo/Rocky View Publishing

A new business development near Beiseker will move forward after receiving approval from Rocky View County (RVC) council Oct. 22.

“The proposed development will include a gas station, grocery store, retail store and personal services,” said planner Xin Deng, who added the development would sit on 8.78 acres adjacent to the village on the east side of Highway 9.

According to Deng, the facility would be limited in size and scale with direct access to the highway, making it compliant with the business development policies of the County Plan.

She noted the Village opposed the application and suggested tabling it until a mutually-agreeable Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is adopted. An IDP is tentatively scheduled to be brought before council by spring 2020, she added.

Instead, Reeve Greg Boehlke, the area councillor – who vacated the chair in order to debate the item – moved second and third reading of the bylaws, which carried 7-2 with Couns. Kevin Hanson and Samanntha Wright opposed. Hanson said he opposed the motion to comply with the Village's request.

He then made a motion arising to discuss possible tax gifting or exchange at the next Intermunicipal Committee with Beiseker.

“We can negotiate with Beiseker on the taxes received from this, and try to support the town,” Boehlke said. “One way or another, they’re going to need some help, and this is maybe a way we can help them out.”

The motion arising was unanimously approved.


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