BC Rail land subdivision a step closer

After receiving no public comment or written submissions regarding an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment to give former BC Rail "Remainder Lots" agricultural designation, the District of 100 Mile House gave third reading and adoption of the application at its May 3 meeting.

Bridge Creek Estates ranch manager Don Savjord wanted to get a small strip of BCR remainder land near Exeter Station designated agricultural so he could include it with ranch property.

It had been a long process because Savjord came before district in October 2010, and council authorized the subdivision application in the Agricultural Land Reserve to proceed to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).

By the end of the year, Savjord received permission from the ALC to subdivide the land.

Then Savjord brought back to council on April 12 for the OCP amendment and received first and second reading. Then, the application was taken to the public hearing process.

After the May 3 adoption, everything is in position so he can bring it back to the district to apply to subdivide the property from the BCR remainder land and consolidate it with the existing ranchland.

The reason council is involved is because the land in question lies within the municipal boundaries.

In 2008, BC Rail subdivided its railway corridor, which was basically the railway bed, from its remaining land holdings, with the intention of selling the remainder lots in the future.

The general area of the remainder lots is where Exeter Station Road crosses the BCR tracks and is about one kilometre in length and contains about 30 acres of land.


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