Sturgeon County Council Recap | August 22, 2023

Mayor Alanna Hnatiw made the following proclamations:
Alberta Development Officers Week, September 18 – 22, 2023
Rail Safety Week, September 18 – 24, 2023

Council approved a request for a further extension for payment of firefighting costs applied pursuant to section 10.3 of the Fire Services Bylaw. The request was in response to charges in the sum of $206,087.45 to cover the costs of additional resources needed for a drilling rig fire that was threatening a home under construction in December 2021.

Council gave first reading of Bylaw 1624/23, which proposes to redistrict a 5.5 acre parcel located at Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 2122926 from AG – Agriculture District to AG2 – Agriculture 2 District. Sturgeon County received a request from the landowner for a development permit for a proposed event venue to be located approximately 1.5 km west of the City of St. Albert along Highway 633. This type of activity is not permitted under the current land use zoning and would require redistricting. A public hearing will be scheduled before Council considers the bylaw further. Details on the public hearing will be posted on the Public Notices page.

Council approved a County Facilities Review be done to assess and document Sturgeon County facilities. The review would include an evaluation of general physical condition and anticipated future costs of maintenance and repairs; adequate space for potential growth; and alternatives for future uses. The cost of the review will be $150,000. The last review was done over 10 years ago

Council refused the proposed tax agreement proposed by MAGA Energy to pay off taxes in arrears and current year taxes. MAGA Energy has $385,550.29 in taxes owing dating back to 2021.

Public Hearings

Council held a public hearing for the following three bylaws:

Bylaw 1631/23 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Technical Amendments Bylaw.
Although consideration of second and third reading was included on the August 22 agenda, Council has deferred consideration to a future meeting.

Bylaw 1623/23 Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 – Redistricting of a Portion Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 092 2252 (55010 Range Road 231) from AG – Agriculture District to AG2 – Agriculture 2 District.
Council will consider the presentations and the submissions and will make a decision at a future Council Meeting.

Bylaw 1628/23 – Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 – Redistricting of a Portion of NW-6-57-23-W4M (Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 1722474).
Council will consider the presentations and the submissions and will make a decision at a future Council Meeting.

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 September 5, 2023.

Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.

#SturgeonCounty offices will be operating with reduced hours May 17, to accommodate a staff training event. Offices will re-open from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Fire Advisory: Due to dry conditions and a lack of precipitation, a fire advisory is now in effect for Sturgeon County as of April 3. 

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