(Black Press file photo)

(Black Press file photo)

Lacombe City Council meeting highlights – Oct. 26

Lacombe City Council held a regular meeting of council on Oct. 26

Lacombe City Council discussed strategic plan updates, shared service agreements with Lacombe County and a rezoning application at the regular council meeting, Oct. 26.

2020-2022 Strategic Plan Updates

The 2020-2022 amended Strategic Plan was presented to the council after being updated at the Oct. 5 council meeting. These updates included consolidating completed items into one section adding a measure that states the city identifies and adopts an online land use permitting system and adding traffic-calming measures under the section that states the city review safe speed limits in the community. The updates were unanimously adopted.

Lacombe County Inter-municipal Collaboration Framework Shared Service Agreement

Council discussed the operational costs for the shared public facilities between the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County. The agreement suggests payment should be set as an average of the past four years with indexes based on the various changes that could occur over time. Previously, County Council had unanimously accepted the agreement on Oct. 22. Council unanimously passed this agreement.

Committees Review Phase 3

The third report in a series of reviews asked Council to direct administration to prepare options for replacing the City’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) which currently has two vacancies.

The council decided to replace the SDAB with a regional SDAB populated by members outside the region in cooperation with Parkland Planning Services and that council ceases to appoint a councillor to the City’s SDAB. An approved Bylaw is still needed for this motion to be put into effect. The request was approved 8 to 1.

Land Use Bylaw 400.31 (Rezoning Request)

Council discussed an application that requested the rezoning of 5515 52 Ave. from a residential-detached district to a residential mixed district. This request did not align with the MDP, LUB 400 or the Central Residential District in DARP so it was recommended this request be denied. The developer of this request plans on meeting with landowners to discuss concerns about the failed 2018 rezoning application for this property. The administration recommends Council pass the first reading to Bylaw 400.31 so the developer and residents can have time to speak to this redevelopment. The first reading was unanimously accepted.

Council also moved that a public hearing on the matter would be scheduled for Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. This was unanimously accepted as well.

The next regular council meeting is Nov. 9 2020 at 5 p.m.