Working together as a region, resource extraction next steps, and more flexible tax payment options
Sturgeon County Council Recap | March 23, 2021
Here are the highlights from the March 23, 2021, Sturgeon County Council Meeting:
- Council gave three readings to bylaws establishing Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) with the Town of Bon Accord, the Town of Gibbons, the Town of Legal, and the Town of Redwater. Sturgeon County is required by the Provincial Government to enter into these agreements with municipalities that share common boundaries. The ICFs provide a framework that helps provide clarity and certainty when negotiating agreements, particularly service agreements, including provision of fire services, and recreation agreements.
- Council gave First Reading to the bylaws establishing Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs) with the Town of Bon Accord the Town of Gibbons, the Town of Legal, and the Town of Redwater. As with ICFs, Sturgeon County is required to enter into IDPs with municipalities that share a common border. The IDPs include provisions and mechanisms to:
- protect agricultural and environmentally significant lands
- foster collaboration on future economic development opportunities
- provide clarification on referral processes
- address intermunicipal disputes.
A Public Hearing for these IDPs will be held April 13, 2021, after which time Council will consider Second and Third Reading.
- Sturgeon County will continue to support resident access to recreation services, programs, and facilities through Intermunicipal Recreation Agreements with the Towns of Bon Accord, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville, and Redwater. The new agreements, which replace the those that expired on December 31, 2020, ensure Sturgeon County pays its fair share for intermunicipal recreation accessed by its residents. The new agreements include provisions for annual reporting including developing a methodology to gather usage data by County residents to help inform future agreements.
- Sturgeon County residents will continue to enjoy preferred rates for recreational programs, services, and amenities at CFB Edmonton thanks to a $300,000 operating grant approved by Council. County residents first gained access to the facility in 2020 after Council voted to redirect funds previously earmarked for regional transit to go towards recreation at CFB Edmonton instead. Sturgeon County terminated the Regional Transit Service Agreement with the City of Edmonton effective December 31, 2019.
- Sturgeon County has entered into service agreements with the following communities structured through the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework process:
- Council gave First Reading to Bylaw 1533/21, the Resource Extraction Regulatory Review bylaw, which proposes to amend the Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 to adopt a new regulatory model with enhanced performance standards for resource extraction in the County. A public hearing will be scheduled to allow the public opportunity to provide further input into the proposed bylaw before Council considers Second and Third Reading.
- West-Can Seal Coating Inc. has been awarded the contract for the 2021 Pavement Preservation – Micro-Surfacing Program. The 2021 Micro-Surfacing Program includes Excelsior Road from Highway 28 to Hewitt Drive; Range Road 275 from the CN Tracks to Highway 37; Township Road 545A from Highway 37 to Lac Ste Ann Trail; and the Noroncol/Crossing at River’s Edge, for a cost of $628,379.50, not including GST.
- Council gave three readings to the Property Tax Penalty Bylaw 1535/21, which includes the repeal of previous related bylaws and rescinding of County policies, for clarity and consistency with requirements outlined in the Municipal Government Act.
- Council gave three readings to the new Tax Installment Payment Plan Bylaw 1536/21, which replaces the previous bylaw 820/96. The new bylaw provides for a more flexible approach for people who wish to pay property taxes in monthly installments rather than a single payment each year. The bylaw also includes a provision to allow a one-time agreement for penalty deferral for a current year tax penalty imposed if they meet the conditions of the agreement. This change was considered in light of the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next Council Meeting
The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held April 13, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online