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City of Lacombe council highlights – Feb. 10, 2020

Next scheduled council meeting is Feb. 24, 2020, at 5 p.m.

5. Requests for decision

5.1 Hours of Work policy

Council approved the Hours of Work Policy for City employees, effective February 10, 2020. Council then rescinded the existing Hours of Work Policy 14/125.02 2018, which the new policy supercedes.

5.2 Bylaw 365.1 – Records retention

Council approve first reading of Bylaw 365.1, an amendment to Bylaw 365 – The Records Retention, Disposal and Release of Municipal Documents Bylaw – to update fees to align with the FOIP Act Section 95(b) and the Regulations Schedule 2.

5.3 Bylaw 400.24 updates – Commercial/industrial development

Council accepted the report discussing the commercial, industrial and other proposed amendments in Bylaw 400.24 as information. The bylaw proposes amendments to the Land Use Bylaw which:

  • Increases the side yard setback for residential development within Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) to 2 metres to support more sensitive infill development
  • Creation of a DARP overlay for the Central Residential District
  • Allow the City’s development officers to approve variances up to 15 percent
  • Flexibility for R1 and R-L1 property owners to develop larger accessory buildings

Bylaw 400.28 – Trinity Crossing Phase 2

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 400.28, to facilitate the future development of Trinity Crossing (Phase 2) for residential purposes, as presented. Council then directed Administration to schedule a public hearing for Bylaw 400.28 at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020, at City Hall.

5.5 Parkland Community Planning Services Bylaw 475

Council approved Bylaw 475 – which authorizes the execution of a master agreement between the City of Lacombe and other municipalities to join Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS), an inter-municipal planning agency – after giving it second and third readings.

Council then appointed Jordan Thompson, the City’s Director of Operations and Planning, to the PCPS Board, and directed Administration enter into a three-year planning services contract with PCPS.

5.6 Request to Waive Fees

Council directed Administration to apply the standard permit fees to the Roofs 4 Kids development, a Lacombe Composite High School student-led initiative that utilizes an outdoor barn (three solar-powered sea containers) with a living roof for baby goats.

5.7 C&E Trail Upgrade – Offsite Levy Expenditure

Council authorized Administration to spend up to $50,000 to bury the overhead power line adjacent C&E Trail as described, funded from the Offsite Levy Reserve. Partnering with Charis Village to bury the overhead power line on the west side of C&E Trail, from College Avenue to Charis Village, allows the City to realize cost savings while ensuring the power line alignment is not in conflict with the future C&E Trail arterial road upgrade.

9. Motions Out of Camera

9.1 Land

Council approved the relocation compensation agreement with the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce as presented, and approved the transfer of $165,000 from the General Capital Reserve.

9.2 Land

Council approved the agreement with Tricon Developments Inc. to sell the City properties located at 5211 and 5215 50 Avenue, and at 5102 50 Avenue. Council then approved the agreement with Tricon Developments Inc. to purchase the Tricon property located at 5404 56 Avenue, as presented.

9.3 Land

Council set the reserve bid for 3919 Highway 12 (Meridian 4 Range 26 Township 40 Section 20 Quarter North West) as discussed, and set the conditions that apply to the tax arrears sale as presented.

9.3 Legal

Council accepted the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework – Master Agreement, as information.

*The next scheduled council meetings:

– February 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– March 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Committee)

– March 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– March 23, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

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