Progress being made on projects in Pritchard north

Tenure area of unofficial park is shown in red.

PRITCHARD — With summer oh-so-slowly getting here (let’s keep our hopes up, at least) the park at the north end of the Pritchard bridge will be getting busier.

TNRD staff are in the process of applying for tenure on a small piece of the property beside the bridge to accommodate the porta potty and bear-proof garbage can on a long-term basis.

Area L director Ken Gillis and I (Area P) will once again split the costs between our two budgets for the year, and Bill Anderson and other volunteers will continue handling garbage removal. Thanks again to residents who look after this beautiful spot.

I’ve also been working with the Pritchard Community Association on getting some barriers on a couple of MOTI laneways in the development to allow pedestrian use but to limit quads, as well as continuing to work towards a better pedestrian pathway along River Road.

Solution for stopping a “leak” in front of the sewage ponds and River Road continues to be elusive but TNRD utilities manager Arden Bolton assures me there is no health issue.

At the last TNRD board meeting, some zoning bylaw amendments were brought forward that are of interest. One, of course, is rural livestock limits. A section is to be added limiting the number of livestock that can be kept on non-ALR parcels of a hectare or less.

This is a compromise after receiving a lot of input from rural residents.

Another thing I’ve often heard about from residents of Pritchard and elsewhere is the use of shipping containers for storage. They make for affordable storage but over time can become something of an eyesore, especially on smaller properties.

Current maximum is one shipping container per parcel in various country residential and rural zones as long as the container is no more than 12.5 metres or 40 ft. long. This would be changed to allow two 20-ft. containers in place of one 40 ft. container in the AF, RL, SH and CR zones and to allow four 20-ft. containers in place of two 40-ft. ones in commercial and institutional zones.

So far, there’s no move to ban shipping containers on residential properties.

The zoning bylaw changes will come forward again at a public hearing before adoption. If you have questions or comments about any of the above, please email me at director.mrothenburger@tnrd.ca.

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