Sturgeon County Council Recap | September 14, 2021
Proclamations and Acknowledgments
Mayor Hnatiw started the Council Meeting with the following proclamations and acknowledgements:
· Rail Safety Week – September 20 - 26
· Orange Shirt Day – September 30, 2021
· World Mental Health Day – October 10, 2021
Mayor Hnatiw also recognized Councillor Karen Shaw (14 years) and Councillor Patrick D. Tighe (8 years) who have both indicated they will not be seeking re-election and thanked them for their commitment and contributions to Sturgeon County.
Council decided to postpone first reading of a temporary mandatory face coverings bylaw indefinitely as the Province of Alberta recently reinstated mandatory masking across the province.
The County’s broadband initiative continues to move forward as Council approved finalizing an agreement with the top-ranked proponent upon successful completion of contract negotiations. Information regarding the proponent will remain confidential until the contract is signed.
Land Use Matters
Council gave final approval to three bylaws that establish the future direction for the Sturgeon Valley region. The three bylaws include amendments to the County’s twenty year old Municipal Development Plan and Sturgeon Valley Core Area Structure Plan and creates a new Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan.
Council voted in favour of amending the Land Use bylaw to deal with a site-specific matter that would change the designation of a parcel of land from AG-Agriculture to DC 20 – Direct Control District 20. The request was brought forward by the landowner in order to continue operating a landscape and construction business on the property.
Division 3 Councillor Wayne Bokenfohr put forward a Notice of Motion requesting a comprehensive review of the County’s agricultural subdivision policy, including parcel density and parcels created from land fragmentation, as part of the Municipal Development Plan review proposed in 2022. The request includes extensive community engagement related to agricultural lands and agricultural subdivision policy.
The County’s Agribusiness and Agritourism Review Task Force has received approval from Council to proceed with the proposed Public Engagement and Communications Plan to gain feedback on issues and opportunities for agriculture-related economic activities. Engagement opportunities are expected to start in October and will be advertised in coming weeks on the County’s website, social media, and in local newspapers. Visit www.sturgeoncounty.ca/AgriReview for more information.
Property Tax Penalty Cancellation Requests
After considering information related to presentations made on August 24, 2021, Council denied two separate requests to cancel 2021 property tax penalties for tax rolls 1480064 and 1480065 and tax rolls 515001 and 515003.
Next Council Meeting
The September 14, 2021, Council Meeting was the final meeting of this term of Council. The next meeting will take place after the October 18, 2021, Municipal Election.
Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.