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Galloway Lands public hearing called off

A planned public hearing regarding a residential development proposal for a 457-acre plot of land just outside of Fernie has been cancelled.

Officials with the Regional District of East Kootenay said the developer withdrew the application after the RDEK board of directors voted nine to six in favour of holding the public hearing.

“We have received notification from the developer that following comments and concerns received from the public and RDEK Board, they are withdrawing the current application,” said RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “As a result, the public hearing scheduled for mid-June has been cancelled.”

The public hearing was scheduled to take place over three nights: June 14, 15 and 16.

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The plot of land in question is located just outside of Fernie, on the southeast slopes of the Lizard Range and north of Fernie Alpine Resort.

Handshake Holdings Inc., the company behind the proposal, said they planned to divide the 457-acre plot of land into 72 single-family lots, leaving most of the land as green space.

“We understand that the developer intends to revisit aspects of the current proposal and submit a revised application that will address concerns raised,” said Gay.

RDEK officials said the revised application will go through the full bylaw process once it is submitted.

No further comments need to be sent in for this proposal, now that the public hearing has been cancelled and the application was withdrawn.

For additional context, past stories on the Galloway Lands proposal can be found below.

More: Galloway Lands proposal moves to public hearing (May 17, 2022)

More: Galloway Lands proposal to return before RDEK board (Apr 12, 2022)

More: Development company presenting plans to rezone Galloway Lands near Fernie (Jan 5, 2022)

More: Local groups voice opposition to proposed development near Fernie (Jan 10, 2022)

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