Application for trapper’s cabin near Highway 6 rejected by Thompson planning district board

A permit application for the construction of a trapper’s cabin near Highway 6 between Paint Lake and Pisew Falls was rejected by the Thompson planning district board at its July 13 meeting because it does not conform with the Local Government District of Mystery Lake’s zoning bylaw.

“A trappers cabin under that bylaw is defined … as a building used by a trapper as a dwelling unit on his registered trapline,” said Thompson city manager Anthony McInnis, who is also the secretary of the Thompson planning district board. “Trapper’s cabin is a permitted use in that zone. Though it’s a permitted use, the proposed location of the cabin for this application is not actually with the applicant’s registered trapline, according to the province of Manitoba, and therefore that part of the application wouldn’t be in conformance with zoning bylaw.

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David Hastman, who represents the provincial government on the board, said the provincial government would not be supporting the application.

“It doesn’t follow furbearer policy,” he said. “It’s actually less than 200 metres from an all-weather road where the policy states it has to be 300 metres. There’s also a land-use conflict with the actual line holder. We don’t usually allow neighbouring or other trapline  holders to place cabins on another trapline. That’s a conflict waiting to happen. There’s been enforcement actions with the applicant on previous sites just 100 metres away from where [the proposed trapper’s cabin is] currently located.”

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