Sturgeon County Council Recap | February 14, 2023

Proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendments

Public Hearings for Resource Extraction

Public hearings have been scheduled for Bylaw 1607/22 – Resource Extraction Amendments to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 and Bylaw 1608/22 – Repeal of the Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand and Gravel Extraction Area Structure Plan Bylaw 922/01. More details on these bylaws can be found on the Resource Extraction Regulatory Review webpage. The Public hearings will take place on March 15, 2023, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Contract Awards

Staffing Update

Council allocated resourcing for municipal enforcement using funding previously approved in the 2023 operating budget to establish part-time positions for a Development Compliance Officer and an Animal Control Officer.

New Trail Construction

A new trail will be constructed connecting the north side of Township Road 542/Valour Avenue and both sides of the Highway 28 overpass bridge thanks to a funding agreement between Sturgeon County and the Minister of National Defence on behalf of CFB Edmonton. View the map of the proposed new trail.

Finance

Council passed Bylaw 1612-22, which amends the terms of borrowing for indebtedness within Bylaws 1530/21, 1573/22, 1574/22, 1575/22, 1576/22, 1577/22, 1578/22, 1579/22 and 1602/22. The amendment was required following the Province of Alberta’s decision to dissolve the Alberta Capital Finance Authority, which had offered lending rates below market value to municipalities.

Board and Committee Appointments

Council approved the appointment of public members to fill vacancies on the Agricultural Service Board, the Youth Advisory Committee, and the River Valley Alliance Community Engagement Committee. Recruitment for vacancies on the County’s board and committees started last fall but was extended into 2023. Council noted the important role of the public on these committees and encouraged people to put their name forward for consideration.

Public Notification Bylaw

Council gave first reading of Bylaw 1618/23, which is a proposed new Public Notification Bylaw. The Bylaw outlines how the County proposes to meet its legislated public notification requirements as set out in the Municipal Government Act. Bylaw. A public hearing will be scheduled, providing the opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed bylaw.  Details on the public hearing will be posted on the Public Notices page on our website.

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 February 28, 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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