Big Lakes considers increasing number of RVs allowed on lots

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

More residential lots in hamlets in Big Lakes County may be allowed to have one more recreational vehicle on their property.

County council gave first reading at its Sept. 3 meeting to a proposed bylaw to increase to two the number of RVS allowed per lot in the following districts: hamlet residential, hamlet residential estate and hamlet mixed-use.

While just two councillors voted against first reading, other members of council agreed with the reeve to give residents an opportunity to voice their opinion.

“Let the public decide,” said reeve Richard Simard.

Simard admitted he is one of several Joussard residents breaking the bylaw. He said he has two RVS parked on his property.

“People do it all the time,” he said. “Sometimes they have three, four, five RVs at one time.”

Councillors Ken Matthews and Fern Welch voted against first reading.

Councillor Donald Bissell agreed the number should be related to the size of a lot. Councillor Ken Killeen said the higher number of RVs could lead to other issues.

“It’s zoned residential,” he said. “It should stay residential. We create our own problems down the road.”

An exception to the above rules is Southwest Shore Estates in Joussard, which allows four RVs per lot. That’s since Aug. 12, when council adopted an amended land-use bylaw that allows up to four RVS on properties larger than 2.5 acres in the communal recreation district – up from two.

“Whether they like it or not,” said councillor Ann Stewart, “the people of Joussard have to realize Joussard is a hot spot.”

A public hearing is set for Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. in council chambers.

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