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COVID-19 Updates

Need to get in touch with us? We are still available during this time. Please call our main phone number at 403-230-1401 and your request or question will be passed on to the appropriate department.

Update, March 25

A news release detailing Rocky View County's business continuity plan during this crisis has been posted.

Assessment

The deadline for property owners to review their 2020 assessment notice and discuss any questions with an assessor has been extended to April 16. 

March 24

Planning & Development Services Update

During the temporary closure, the Planning and Development Services Department has limited staff and resources while working remotely. Processing times for permit applications, fee payments and general inquiries may be longer than average.

In-person permit applications (at our counters), and inspections will not be accommodated at this time.

We thank you in advance for your patience. Please review our current service levels as outlined below.

County Playgrounds

Rocky View County has closed playgrounds within the County. This decision applies to areas maintained by both the County and other community organizations, including:

  • Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre
  • Watermark East and West, Bearspaw
  • Bottrel Park
  • Cambridge Park, Conrich
  • Chestermere Rec Centre
  • Dalroy Community
  • Elbow River Estates
  • Indus Rec Centre
  • Langdon Boulder Creek East and West
  • Langdon Park
  • Prairie Royal Estates, northeast Rocky View County
  • Springbank Equestrian Centre
  • Springbank Park For All Seasons
  • Harmony Peanut Park and Morning Vista Estates, Springbank
  • Charles Butler Community Association, Symons Valley

This decision supplements announcements from the federal and provincial governments, as well as Rocky View Schools, to limit public gatherings and maintain social distancing as we continue to do our part to help control the spread of COVID-19.

This precautionary step is due to the close proximity around playground equipment, the number of surfaces and people touching those surfaces, inability to maintain cleanliness, and crowds of all ages that often gather in these areas.

Please continue to practice safe and effective physical distance.

March 23

Garbage & Recycling

  • The used textile bins and household goods donation sheds at County Transfer Sites in Bragg Creek, Irricana, and Langdon are closed until further notice.
  • Changes to Langdon curbside collection​ take effect on April 1, with weekly blue cart collection changing to Wednesday. Black and green cart collection days remain unchanged. This change allows for one driver/truck to service all of Langdon, helping with COVID-19 isolation measures in the near term and streamlining service in the longer term.

Building Services Update

During the temporary closure, the Building Services Department has limited staff and resources while working remotely. Processing times for permit applications, fee payments and general inquiries may be longer than average.

In person permit applications (at our counters), and inspections of occupied buildings will not be accommodated at this time.

We thank you in advance for your patience. Please review our current service levels as outlined below.

March 19

The following facilities in the County are closed until further notice:

  • Bragg Creek Community Association
  • Jumping Pound Community Hall Society
  • ​Snowbirds Chalet in Bragg Creek
  • Springbank Equestrian  Centre
  • Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
  • Springbank Heritage Club
  • Springbank Park for All Seasons/Red Dutton Arena
  • Bow Valley Community Club
  • Indus Recreation Centre
  • Langdon Field House
  • Delacour Community Hall
  • Kathyrn Community Hall
  • Keoma Community Hall
  • Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre
  • Historic Bearspaw School
  • Chestermere Regional Community Association Recreation Centre

Garbage and Recycling

  • County transfer sites and chuckwagons remain open for service. Residents are encouraged to defer non-essential trips if possible. Check your local site for hours of operation.
  • Langdon curbside collection​ is continuing as usual.
  • The Springbank Recycling Depot is open; however, intermittent closures may be needed due to service delays in emptying full bins.
  • The recycling depots in Airdrie, Beiseker, and Cochrane are closed until further notice. The Airdrie Transfer Site remains open to County residents.

Building Permits

For time-sensitive building permit applications​, please email building@rockyview.ca and we will try to process your request online.

2-1-1 Reminder

2-1-1 operates 24/7 with referrals to community and social agencies. Chat and online services are available at https://www.ab.211.ca.

March 16

Rocky View County has closed County Hall for the next two weeks due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 virus. All County-run programs, open houses, and similar events are also cancelled throughout the municipality. 

“The health, safety, and well-being of our residents and employees, and our efforts to maintain important County services for the public, are our top priorities,” says Chief Administrative Officer Al Hoggan. “Rocky View County will continue to fully operate core services, including fire, enforcement, utilities, solid waste, and road safety. However, non-essential and in-person services, such as building permit or planning applications, are suspended. At this time, we anticipate providing full service again starting on April 1.”

The County’s actions are in line with other municipalities throughout Canada and around the world, as governments work to limit the spread of the virus.

“I know this is a stressful time for residents, and especially for seniors and others who already have health concerns,” says County Reeve Greg Boehlke says. “Things are changing dramatically on an hour-by-hour basis, so out of an abundance of caution we have made this difficult decision to close County Hall given the high levels of public interaction that occur in the building.”

Reeve Boehlke says Council and Council committee meetings will also be cancelled, with the agenda items rescheduled for a later date.

Although the County is planning to reopen County Hall on April 1, residents should visit the County’s website, Twitter, or Facebook accounts for updates or additional details.

Rocky View County’s Emergency Management team is in close contact with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to monitor the situation. The County is encouraging residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the risk of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and is placing special emphasis on the need for those who have been potentially exposed to self-isolate. Other important precautions include:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and water
  • Not touching the face
  • Covering the mouth and nose while sneezing
  • Sanitizing frequently used surfaces
  • Ensuring proper sleep and nutrition
  • Practicing social distancing – keeping a few feet away from others when possible

The County is providing links to credible resources where individuals and businesses can receive more information. They include:

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