Sturgeon County Council Recap | April 11, 2023

Mayor Alanna Hnatiw proclaimed the week of April 16 to 22, 2023 as National Volunteer Week to celebrate the individual and collective actions of community volunteers.

Mayor Alanna Hnatiw proclaimed the week of April 24 to 28, 2023 as Hydrogen Week to celebrate the contributions of the Edmonton region to the global hydrogen economy.

Land Use Bylaw Amendments

Council voted to postpone its decision on Land Use Bylaw amendments related to resource extraction to the regular Council meeting on April 20, 2023, at 10 a.m. Council directed Administration to make non-substantive amendments to Bylaw 1607/22 to reflect the input received at the public hearing on March 15. Learn more about resource extraction.

Public Hearings

  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 1619/23, which proposes to amend the Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan to require an outline plan before applying to redistrict or subdivide land. An outline plan would provide site-specific detail and would show how the proposed development aligns with the neighbourhood area structure plan. No presentations or submissions were made; Council will make a decision at a future Council meeting.
  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 1609/23, which proposes to amend the Land Use Bylaw to develop Sturgeon Valley Land Use Districts and an urban reserve overlay. These proposed amendments would allow for interim development activity in the Sturgeon Valley South area in a planned and consistent manner. Council will consider the presentations and submissions made at the public hearing and will make a decision at a future Council meeting.
  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 1626/23 – Road Closure Bylaw – Area ‘A’ Plan 232 0067, which proposes to close an undeveloped road allowance at NE-16-54-26-W4M near Range Road 263 north of Highway 633. The closure results from a previous bridge repair, and Alberta Transportation requires a bylaw to be passed to close the road. As required by the Municipal Government Act, the bylaw will be sent to the Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors for approval before Council makes a decision at a future Council meeting.

Dust Suppression Program

Council approved the subsidized amounts for the Dust Suppression Program, which helps reduce the amount of dust created by traffic on gravel roads used as haul routes. Dust suppression on some roads is fully subsidized by the County, while others are paid for jointly with landowners.

Learn more about the dust suppression program.

Grant allocations

Council approved the grant amounts recommended by the Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand and Gravel Advisory Committee and Community Services Advisory Board, and awarded more than $620,000 to support 29 local organizations. Most is funded through the Community Aggregate Payment (CAP) levy, which is paid by sand and gravel extraction operators, with the remainder paid through the 2023 operating budget.

Fast facts about land use bylaw amendments and public hearings:

  • At Sturgeon County, before Council seeks public feedback on a proposed land use bylaw amendment, Council gives first reading of the proposed bylaw. This does not mean Council supports the bylaw, but that Council is agreeing for the proposed bylaw to proceed to the next stage of the bylaw process, being receipt of public feedback.
  • Public hearings are open to any members of the public, but in considering feedback, Council must consider how and the degree to which the person making a written submission or speaking at a public hearing is affected by the proposal.
  • Anyone wishing to provide comments on a proposed bylaw can submit them in writing in advance, attend the Council Meeting in person, or participate virtually.
  • For more details and to register for a public hearing, call Legislative Services at 780-939-8277.
  • Public hearings, along with other public notices, are posted on the Public Notices page on our website.
Next Council Meeting

The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on April 20, 2023.

Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.

A fire restriction is in effect for Sturgeon County and the towns of Bon Accord, Legal and Redwater.

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