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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Village of Forestburg

Proposed Bylaw 4:2017 – Amendment to the Land Use Bylaw

In accordance with the requirements of Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act S.A. 2000, as amended, the Council of the Village of Forestburg has scheduled a Public Hearing for Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village of Forestburg Administration Office, 4902 – 50 Street, Forestburg, AB regarding the proposed adoption of Bylaw 4:2017 – Amendment to the Land Use Bylaw.  The proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw are:

Part 9:  Regulations for Land Use Districts

Addition of Section 901A:  Regulations Applied to All Residential Land Use Districts

This section has been added to ensure that requirements and/or restrictions that apply to all residential land use districts will be located in one central area of the bylaw, reducing the potential of differences between one residential district and another.  This additional has resulted in changes to all residential land use districts.

Persons wishing to make representation to Council on this matter are requested to advise the undersigned no later than 12:00 noon on November 16, 2017.  Written submissions and those persons who have advised of their wish to speak will be heard first, and other submissions will follow.

The proposed bylaw may be inspected at the Village of Forestburg administration office during regular business hours (8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday) or on our website www.forestburg.ca.

For further information please contact:

Debra Moffatt, CAO

Village of Forestburg

PO Box 210

4902 – 50 Street

Forestburg, AB  T0B 1N0

Ph:  780-582-3668

Fax:  780-582-2233

Email:  cao@forestburg.ca.

 

Regional Governance Model Progressing

 Posted by Our Communities  On October 6, 2017  http://www.flagstaffunited.ca/regional-governance-model-progressing/

-Region residents to be asked to provide feedback when details completed-

October 6, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Progress is being made on developing the details of what a single-tier regional municipality would look like. Results are anticipated to be presented for public feedback in Spring, 2018.

“Regional governance is a complex and emotional subject, and we know that the top of mind question you have is: how would this be better than what we have now?” said Bob Coutts, FIP (Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership) Chair. “We have been working over the summer months on the details you have asked us for so that you can consider this question with as much information as possible.”

Municipal Chief Administrative Officers from each community gathered over the summer months to collaborate on determining what a services structure would look like. This is the most complex part of the governance model because not all communities in the region have all the same services and/or service levels, some new desired services were identified in a community survey in 2016, and both range of services and levels of those services are directly related to taxation and economic development that positions for the future. This work also involves presenting some options for residents to consider.

Governance model details are being generated in four areas:

• Governance: Developing a governance model (boundaries/divisions) to ensure citizens are properly represented by elected officials.

• Services: Establishing uniform service choices and service levels for the region.

• Taxation and Debt: Balancing service levels with taxation levels while positioning to be attractive to investment and new families in future.

• Identity: Ensuring each community retains its unique identity under a new regional context.

After the municipal election on October 16, 2017 the following process related to the regional governance initiative will be undertaken:

• November, 2017 – orientation session for newly-elected officials. Get their feedback and/or approval of the regional governance initiative to continue.

• Spring, 2018 – Public input session(s) to present proposed regional government model details.

• FIP considers any amendments based on public feedback.

• Final Regional Governance Plan is publicized.

• Individual Councils decide how they want to proceed by making a regional governance decision (i.e. a yes or no to amalgamation).

• If there is a decision to proceed with regional governance, submit amalgamation application to Minister of Municipal Affairs. Note: A decision to amalgamate is voluntary. An application to the Minister may involve some or all of the FIP municipalities.

To arrive at this phase of the regional governance initiative, FIP has completed significant research, including the following:

1) Evaluation of regional governance models in Canada

2) A regional services survey

3) Infrastructure assessment

4) Four public open houses

5) Municipal report card of current municipal operations

Informed by this research, FIP member communities unanimously voted to pursue development of the details of a proposed single tier governance model – from a number of potential governance models considered – as a best means to position region communities for the future.

FIP is comprised of representatives from all municipalities within the Flagstaff Region: the Towns of Daysland, Hardisty, Killam and Sedgewick, the Villages of Alliance, Forestburg, Heisler and Lougheed, and Flagstaff County. More information on the FIP Regional Governance Initiative can be found at www.flagstaffunited.ca

For more information, contact:

Bob Coutts

Chair, Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership

Email: couttshardware@persona.ca Phone: 780-679-4721

 

Written by Our Communities


July 27, 2017

Progress Update – Economic Opportunities and Transition Study

 

The Economic Opportunities Taskforce (Counties of Paintearth and Flagstaff, Villages of Forestburg and Halkirk, and the Towns of Coronation and Castor) have retained the consulting services of Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a review and analysis of the social and economic impacts expected to accrue from the potential closures of the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine, identify economic opportunities the region can realistically capitalize on and to provide high-level steps to successful transition.

A series of initial town hall meetings and one on one interviews were held in Forestburg and Castor during the week of May 15 -18.  A second series of one-on-one interviews and focus group interviews were held in Forestburg and Castor during the week of Jul 17-21.  This second series of interviews focused on Regional economic assets and transition opportunities. There were many things learned from both sessions.  The Economic Opportunities Taskforce extends a sincere thank you to everyone that participated in these sessions. As an important part of the exercise and to fully appreciate whether the identified assets are indeed competitive or comparative, there must be an appreciation of the external business climate and market conditions. Based on the assets that make the region unique and marketable, Urban Systems is working with external economic development agencies to ensure there is the proper alignment with regional assets and external activities to ensure viable economical opportunities are identified.

NEXT STEPS

What are the next steps that the Economic Opportunities Taskforce will be undertaking:

 

  1. SURVEY – The survey has been a great success and a welcome source of well thought-out contributions.  As a result, the closing date of the on-line survey has been extended to the End of August. The on-line survey can be found at:
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  3. Urban Systems has completed the community visits portion of the study and will continue working with external economic development agencies to further explore opportunities for the region to capitalize on.
  4. Urban Systems will facilitate a workshop with the Task force in mid September that will allow a review of the report as well as work on strategies and tactics on how best use the impact information and identify high-level regional actions that the Task Force and the communities can employ immediately.
  5. The Task Force is presently developing a strategy that ensures use of the information collected and economic opportunities identified will be provided to the local citizens, businesses, community organizations and the Government of Alberta.

The Taskforce has set and stayed true to the guiding principle that the asset mapping and economic

opportunities report is a community document and is the property of the region’s citizens

For any questions, please contact your respective municipality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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