Rocky View County Council passed the Electoral Boundary and Council Composition Bylaw at the October 27, 2020 Council Meeting.
The new bylaw reduces the number of councillors from nine to seven, and redraws electoral divisions to better balance the number of people in each.
In November 2019, Council approved Administration to retain consultants to conduct an independent and objective review of the County’s electoral boundaries and governance structure. The work undertaken by the consultant as directed in the approved project Terms of Reference, included a best practices review of comparable Alberta municipalities, a population analysis to determine the current demographic context in the County, a population projection to determine anticipated demographic change in the County, a spatial analysis, and the development and implementation of a public participation survey. The research and analysis conducted by the consultant was presented at two Council workshops to determine the scope of the review.
This scope was to encompass one councillor elected for each division and a governance structure of an appointed “Chief Elected Official” (currently referred to as the Reeve). The consultant provided the most robust recommendation that accommodates future population growth while balancing that growth with effective representation of residents.
The consultant presented the recommendations report to Council on October 27, 2020.
The Public Participation Summary, which includes a summary of feedback received through the online survey, is available for review.
The County’s last major electoral boundary review was completed in 2000 and since then the County’s total population has increased by 43% (from 28,441 to 42,291). Currently, Rocky View County has nine divisions, four of which are either above or below the typically accepted standard. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for more information.
Under the Alberta Municipal Government Act (sections 148 and 150), Council has the authority to make changes to its divisional boundaries, the number of Councillors on Council, and to elect or appoint the “Chief Elected Official” (mayor) through the passing of a bylaw.
In July 2019, Council passed an Electoral Boundary Review Policy (PDF) that outlines the process and establishes criteria of how the boundaries are to be reviewed.
It is the County’s intention to have the electoral boundary and governance review completed by the fall of 2020. The Electoral Boundary and Governance Review Terms of Reference was adopted by Council on January 28, 2020 (Minutes | Video).
- Terms of Reference
- Background Research
February to March 2020
What we need to know and how to get there.
- Public Engagement
Online survey available to residents.
- Options Review
May to June 2020
Potential options reviewed by Council.
- Final Recommendation
Final Electoral Boundary and Governance Review Report presented to Council.
There are several ways to get involved in the project.
- Contact project lead Charlotte Satink at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-230-1401 for questions, updates or further information.
- Follow the project on this webpage. We will post updates and additional information as necessary.