PART I: THE REVIEW
THE REVEW: OUTCOMES
The ‘Resource Extraction Regulatory Review’ aims to assess Sturgeon County's existing regulations related to the sand and gravel (aggregate) industry to ensure an appropriate balance between economic, social, health, and environmental outcomes.
The review includes a consideration of Sturgeon County's existing bylaws, inputs from industry representatives, municipal priorities, and inputs received through public engagement. Sturgeon County will also strongly consider best practices from across the province that are grounded in scientific data.
THE REVIEW: PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AT A GLANCE
Public engagement forms an important part of the review, and we appreciate the time taken by the community to get involved. Your voice matters!
Throughout this review you are invited to learn about the aggregate industry, Sturgoen County's existing bylaws, practices within other municipalities, and ways that could be considered to enhance our own practices.
For more information about the approval of this public engagement, please see the associated press release.
There are many ways to get involved in the review and have your say.
- Online: This website (www.sturgeoncounty.ca/ResourceExtraction) is the primary source of information for the review and includes opportunities to connect with Sturgeon County and provide input.
- Hard Copy Mailings: If you are unable to access the internet or prefer print materials for reading accessibility, you are invited to contact the project team to receive hard copy materials by mail, or to participate in a telephone meeting.
- Public Hearing: Following the public engagement program, a public hearing with County Council is scheduled for August 25, 2020 and offers another opportunity to learn about final recommendations and potential bylaw amendments, and to provide input.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & COVID-19
Due to the current public health situation related to COVID-19, in-person events will be replaced with alternative options such as online engagement and mailed, hard copy materials. We recognize that this is a challenging time for many residents. We are committed to working with the community to ensure those that are interested have the opportunity to learn about the review and get involved.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: OUR ADVERTISING
To ensure that everyone has their say in this process at-a-distance, we are reaching out to residents of Sturgeon County in diverse and creative ways. Here are some places you might see or hear about the review:
- Online: Of course, we’re advertising this on our website and will be keeping our engagment page up to date.
- Social Media: Stay tuned to our social media for updates.
- Email: If you want to subscribe to email updates on the review, you can do that here: Subscribe to Mailing List.
- Radio: We’re on the radio, in case you’re keeping up that way.
- On the Road: We have road signs at key locations that direct you to our enagement webpage
- At Community Hubs: Even at a distance, there are places we frequent. We have placed signage at many community mailboxes to increase visibility.
- Mail Out: We have sent a letter advertising this engagement to residents in areas of the County closest to resource extraction.
- Newspapers: During the course of this engagement, there will be ads in local newspapers informing readers of this review.
THE REVIEW: ANTICIPATED TIMELINE
The review includes public engagement, the development of a best practices report, a 'what we heard' report, and a final report and set of recommendations to Sturgeon County Council. If recommendations result in proposed bylaw amendments, there will also be a County Council public hearing process.
- The public engagement will take place from May 19 to June 12, 2020.
- The best practices report, What We Heard Report from the public engagement, and final recommendations report is expected to be complete in July 2020.
- If required, bylaw recommendations would be presented to Council for first reading on July 14, 2020.
- If required, the public hearing would be expected to occur on August 25, 2020. This public hearing would be open to the public to attend and provide input on any proposed bylaw changes. Depending on the public health status in August, this public hearing may take place online, to be determined at a later date.
- If required, second and third readings of a proposed bylaw would be expected to occur on September 8, 2020.