Sturgeon County Council Recap: Feb. 13, 2024 

Here are the highlights from Sturgeon County Council’s regular meeting on February 13, 2024. 

Canada’s Agriculture Day

Mayor Hnatiw proclaimed February 13, 2024 as Canada’s Agriculture Day, recognizing and celebrating the profound impact the agricultural sector has in Sturgeon County and across the country. 

Mayor to Send Letter to Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors 

Council authorized Mayor Hnatiw to send a letter to Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors minister to request a review of the province’s vegetation management program along provincial highways. This was a recommendation from the Agricultural Service Board, which advises Council on items relevant to the agricultural sector. The board shared concerns regarding the timing of mowing and lack of weed management efforts within provincial right-of-ways, which is the responsibility of the province and its contractors. 

Technical Redistrictings 

Council passed Bylaw 1639/23, which proposes to redistrict two parcels of land to land use districts more closely aligned with their uses. Sturgeon County assessed all parcels of land in 2021 to make sure they were appropriately zoned, and 38 parcels were redistricted as a result. The two parcels included in Bylaw 1639/23 were subject to recent subdivision applications and were not captured by the previous audit. 

County Centre Front Foyer and Meeting Room Renovation Contract Awarded 

Council awarded the contract for renovations at County Centre to Pemco Construction. The renovations will improve the front foyer and primary meeting room through barrier-free access, modernized technology and energy-efficient fixtures. The renovations are funded from reserves, meaning no current tax dollars fund the improvements. 

Equipment Replacements  

Council deferred the replacement of a tractor budgeted for in the capital budget, and approved using the allocated funds to purchase a self-propelled mower. Council also approved the use of reserve funds to purchase a towed mower. Both pieces of equipment will be used for regular mowing programs. 

Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board membership review 

Council directed administration to provide information on how Sturgeon County can review its membership in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB). The EMRB is a regional growth management board with representation from 13 Edmonton-area municipalities which make decisions about land-use-related matters. 

Next Council Meeting 

The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on February 27, 2024. Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online

Fast facts about land use bylaw amendments and public hearings 

View our webpage about land use planning and community engagement. 

  • At Sturgeon County, before Council gets public feedback on a proposed land use bylaw amendment, it gives the proposed bylaw first reading. This does not mean Council supports the bylaw; this allows the proposed bylaw to go to the next stage of the bylaw process, which is gathering public input. 
  • Public hearings, along with other public notices, are promoted on the public notices page on the Sturgeon County website as well as in local newspapers, on social media, and on road signs per the Public Notification Bylaw
  • Public hearings are open to any members of the public to view or provide input. 
    • Viewing the public hearing: You can view the hearing in-person or via livestream at sturgeoncounty.ca/CouncilMeetings 
    • Making a written submission: you can provide a written submission by email up to the close of the public hearing. 
    • Speaking at the public hearing: you can provide a statement at the public hearing in person or via videoconference. You are encouraged to pre-register to speak in-person at the public hearing. If you wish to speak via videoconference, you must register at least 24 hours prior to the opening of the public hearing. Register by contacting Legislative Services at 780-939-8277. 
  • When considering public input, Council considers how and to what degree the person is impacted by the proposed amendment. 

#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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