(BLACK PRESS file photo)                                (BLACK PRESS file photo)

(BLACK PRESS file photo) (BLACK PRESS file photo)

Highlights of the Lacombe County council meeting – Feb. 13, 2020

Next regular council meeting is Feb. 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m

Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan (idp)

By resolution of Council, the County Manager was directed to provide a written response to the County of Stettler No. 6 indicating that Lacombe County is not a member municipality of the Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal Development Plan (BLSSIDP), and is only providing comments in the context of ensuring consistency with the Buffalo Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan (BLIDP). As the proposed amendments to the BLSSIDP appear to be consistent with the BLIPD, Lacombe County has no objections to the proposed amendments.

Bylaw Nos. 1317/20 & 1318/20 – Review of Lacombe County municipal development plan and land use bylaws

A presentation regarding the review of the County’s Municipal Development Plan (MPD) and Land Use Bylaw was received for information. Bylaw No. 1317/20 proposes a number of amendments to the County’s Municipal Development Plan (MPD) and Bylaw No. 1318/20 proposes a number of amendments to the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

By resolution of Council, the County Manager was directed to prepare a report respecting the review of the Lacombe County Land Use Bylaw (LUB) with regard to adding setback requirements for cannabis facilities; and further, that that report be presented at the March 12, 2020 Council meeting.

Bylaw No. 1319/20 Sylvan Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan

Currently, there is no regional Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between the municipalities surrounding Sylvan Lake. The partnering municipalities, including Lacombe County, Red Deer County, Town of Sylvan Lake, Summer Village of Birchcliff, Summer Village of Halfmoon Bay, Summer Village of Jarvis Bay, Summer Village of Norglenwold, and the Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove, have been working on the IDP since 2017. The final draft of Sylvan Lake IDP has now been completed.

Bylaw No. 1319/20, a bylaw of Lacombe County to adopt the Sylvan Lake Intermunicipal Development Plan, was given first reading by Council. A special meeting to conduct a public hearing will be held on March 28, 2020, commencing at 1:30 p.m. at the NexSource Centre-Senior Centre in Sylvan Lake.

Bylaw No. 1321/20 – Borrowing bylaw

Bylaw No. 1321/20, a bylaw of Lacombe County to authorize borrowing for financing operating expenditures, was read a first, second and third time and so passed by Council.

Bylaw No. 1322/20 – Rates and fees bylaw

Bylaw No. 1322/20, a bylaw of Lacombe County to authorize the establishment of fees for various services, supplies, information, applications and appeals provided to the public was read a first, second and third time and so passed by Council.

Westside Country Estates – Automatic gate pilot program

On January 11, 2018, Council authorized the County Manager to develop guidelines and enter into an agreement with the Westside Country Estates Co-op for a two-year pilot project to allow for the gating of the community.

Monitoring of the effectiveness of the gate and emergency services reported no issues and discussion with the Co-op determined that after the installation of the gate, property theft and trespass issues were significantly reduced. Council directed the County Manager to develop a policy to provide for the installation and operations of gates at entrances to residential subdivisions in Lacombe County.

Lacombe Fire Services review – Alberta Community Partnership Grant Program

Currently, the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County are in the process of undertaking a review of the Lacombe Fire Service (LFS). As the work meets the criteria for the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) Program, the City is preparing an application. Council approved a resolution that Lacombe County support the City of Lacombe’s funding application to the Alberta Community Partnership Grant Program for the completion of the Lacombe Fire Service review.

Supplementary assessment rolls

Council was advised that a supplementary assessment roll for the County was prepared in 2017. In 2018 and 2019, no supplementary assessment was prepared as development in both industrial and residential properties was slow, and potential gains would not support the time and cost of developing the roll. The 2020 interim budget provides for no supplementary assessment in 2020. The report on supplementary assessment rolls was received for information by Council.

Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove Fire Service Agreement

The Fire Services Agreement between Lacombe County, the Town of Bentley and Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove received Council approval.

Summer Villages of Birchcliff, Half Moon Bay, Sunbreaker Cove and Red Deer County ICF agreements

Council approved Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) between Lacombe County and the Summer Village of Birchcliff, Lacombe County and the Summer Village of Half Moon Bay, Lacombe County and the Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove and Lacombe County and Red Deer County.

NOVA annual visit

Council will participate in the annual NOVA Joffre site visit on June 1, 2020.

Presentation from mp Blaine Calkins

Mr. Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for the Red Deer-Lacombe Constituency, met with Council to discuss a number of topics, including rural crime, infrastructure grant funding, federal gas tax funding, status of Bill C-48 and C-69, carbon tax revenue allocation and federal equalization payments.

Next Regular Council Meeting is February 27, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Next Committee of the Whole Meeting is

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Lacombe County Administration Building

-Submitted by Lacombe County

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