Here are the highlights from the September 13, 2022, Sturgeon County Council Meeting.
Mayor Alanna Hnatiw started off the meeting recognizing the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Mr. Lawrence Kluthe, former Sturgeon County Mayor, Reeve, and Councillor.
Proclamation of Rail Safety Week
Mayor Hnatiw proclaimed September 19-25, 2022, as Rail Safety Week in Sturgeon County. Residents are encouraged to learn more about how to Stop Track Tragedies by visiting the
Operation Lifesaver website
Bylaw 1604/22 – Revision to Bylaw 1417/20 – Closure of a Portion of Riverbend Road
Council gave second reading of Bylaw 1597/22, which proposes to update the Land Use Bylaw to support agribusiness and agritourism.
In response to public feedback received during the June 14, 2022, public hearing, the proposed bylaw was updated and no longer allows Event Venues in the Agriculture district and changed Event Venues from a permitted use to a discretionary use in the Agriculture 2 district.
Given that substantive amendments were made to the proposed bylaw, Council will hold a second public hearing on October 6, 2022, at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Learn more about the Agribusiness and Agritourism Review.
Proposed Lease of Municipal Reserve Lot – Portion of Lot R7, Block 4, Plan 762 1623
After considering the information received during the August 23, 2022, public hearing, Council voted against entering into a lease agreement, which proposed exclusive access to municipal reserve lands in Upper Manor Estates. Council further directed Administration to terminate the existing landscaping agreement signed on May 11, 1993, by Sturgeon County, Mid-West Gas Transmission Ltd., and the owners of Lot 1, Block 4, Plan 762 1623. Administration will be working with the landowner to establish a plan to remove encroachments and landscaping on the municipal reserve lands and provide public access.
Council approved amendments to the Agricultural Service Board Bylaw, which includes increasing the number of public members on the Board from four to six and increasing the Junior member term from a 1-year term to a 2-year term to align with the appointment term of all members.
Sturgeon County will be applying to participate in the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Internship Program for an intern in the Planning & Development Services department. Sturgeon County has hosted interns previously, and the County’s participation in the Municipal Internship Program will provide interns an opportunity to participate in many industry-leading initiatives including area structure plans, land use bylaw modernizations, major regulatory reviews, full-scale municipal development plan review, a wave of urbanized development applications, and much more).
Sturgeon County will host awareness and education sessions in the communities of Calahoo and Pinewood in the Fall of 2022. These sessions will focus on providing information to residents on how to deter, report and otherwise communicate concerns related to rural crime and will include participation from relevant regional partners, agencies, and stakeholders. Administration will explore potential of including these types of sessions as part of regular programming to County residents.