June 17, 2014 7:10 pm

RM of Sherwood ‘welcomes’ municipal inspection

The RM of Sherwood is responding to the province’s municipal inspection, saying it has taken steps to avoid any conflict-of-interest with the proposed Wascana Village project.

Derek Putz/Global News

REGINA – The rural municipality of Sherwood says it has nothing to hide during the province’s inspection of the proposed Wascana Village project.

RM of Sherwood reeve Kevin Eberle owns land where the 14,000-resident development, south of Regina, would be located, but the RM says Eberle recused himself from all council decisions on the project.

Government relations minister Jim Reiter announced Monday the province would look into how the RM was proceeding with Wascana Village.

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Deputy reeve Tim Probe suggests the province should take its inspection a step further – believing the province’s approval process needs to be improved.

Probe says approval for some developments can take as long as 2-4 years.

“If we’re totally on-side with the provincial government’s growth strategy, it can’t take that long,” Probe said. “We need to be accurate, we need to make sure all our ducks are in a row and our paperwork is done, but we need to expedite some of this.”

The project has been subject to mediation between the RM of Sherwood and the city of Regina.

Reiter says the inspection report is expected to be complete by the end of July.

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