The new community plan and zoning bylaws for the RM of Estevan were the focus at the Estevan Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting September 11.
Planning consultants Tim Cheesman and Tom Williams delivered a map for future land use for people who attended the meeting. It shows where land will be allocated in the future for multi-parcel country residential homes, lakeshore residential living, mixed use country residential homes, commercial/industrial land, urban expansion and development control areas.
Cheesman said that commercial-industrial land is critical for development, since it generates the most tax revenues.
Commercial-industrial land is to be located along Highway 18 west of the city, Highway 39 northwest of the city, and on the eastern edge of city limits. There are several multi-parcel country residential properties, and a mixed-use country residential area north of Estevan. There is also the potential for more lakeshore development south of Estevan along the Boundary Dam Reservoir.
There are a couple challenges for the plan, Cheesman said. One is the proposed truck route north of the city, and so the land for the north and the west portions of the truck route are listed as a future study area. Much of the land south and east in the RM can't be accessed due to mining rights.
The RM of Estevan has received the documents, Cheesman said, and had yet to give first reading for a bylaw.
Other highlights of the meeting were:
*The Chamber will be focusing on professional services – such as real estate agents, lawyers and financial services representatives – during this year's business retention and expansion surveys. Last year the surveys targeted the retail sector.
*The Collage Cultural Festival was granted funding through the Estevan Hotel Association's grant program. The deadline for the next uptake in funding is October 31.
*Preparations continue for the Estevan Showcase business expo September 27 to 29. Most of the exhibits will be at Spectra Place.
*The Chamber's second annual pumpkin carving contest will be happening on Saturday, October 26 at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.
*The next meeting will be happening on Wednesday October 9. The guest speaker is slated to be Petroleum Services Association of Canada president Mark Salkeld.