Council Decisions: April 24, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Here is a brief summary of the decisions of Rocky View County Council at the April 24, 2018 Council Meeting. This is a general overview of decisions only. Specific details can be found in this meeting’s agenda (see the Council Minutes and Archives page), or in the minutes of this meeting that will be printed in the next Council Meeting agenda. Details are also available by contacting the County’s Legislative and Legal Services department.
Budget and Finance
- Council approved the 2017 Year-End Audited Financial Statements, prepared by an external, independent auditor. The statements will be posted on the County’s website once the auditor provides an official copy.
- Council approved operating budget adjustments to set the 2018 Rocky View County Operating and Capital Budget. Changes from the Base Budget approved in December of 2017 include a requisition of nearly $2.8 million more than anticipated from Provincially-mandated agencies (school boards, seniors accommodation, and the Province itself). Just over $177,000 was added new County initiatives, but $89,000 was reduced in other areas. The Tax Stabilisation Reserve Fund was increased by $2.1 million.
- Council increased the budget by $7.6 million to reflect a new grant for that amount received from the Province of Alberta to begin Phase 1 engineering and construction activities on a Co-operative Storm Water Management Initiative between the County, the cities of Calgary and Chestermere, the town of Strathmore, Wheatland County, and the Western Irrigation District.
- Council passed the 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw. For the average Rocky View County residential property, taxes will increase by 1.09%. This increase is primarily due to a substantial increase in Provincial education taxes (6%), which now exceed the County’s revenue from property taxes.
- Council passed the 2018 Langdon Special Tax Rate Bylaw, which raises $88,600 for recreation in the hamlet. The tax rate is approximately 1/100-of-1 percent of a property’s value.
- Council approved a $150,000 land purchase to secure access to the Langdon Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Langdon Waste Transfer Site.
- Council approved just under $585,000 in Operating Recreation Funding Grant requests for Recreation District Boards:
- Bearspaw Glendale: $132,050
- Beiseker: $20,000
- Bow North: $43,061
- Madden: $12,200
- Chestermere-Conrich: $30,000
- Crossfield: $30,000
- Ranch Lands: $14,500
- Rocky View Central: $51,100
- Rocky View East: $31,085
- Rocky View West: $220,844
- Council approved these Capital Recreation Funding Grant requests:
- Up to $8,560 to the Bearspaw Glendale Community Association for wall padding, a scoreboard, and a shot clock in the gymnasium
- Up to $27,321 to the Bow Valley Community Club for locker room and washroom renovations at the Indus Curling Rink
- Up to $48,000 to the Langdon Community Association for enhancements to fieldhouse greenspace.
- Up to $331,000 for the Bragg Creek Trails Association for trail guard rails and a pedestrian bridge over Bragg Creek
- Council directed Administration to schedule a workshop to discuss options for moving forward on issues related to the development of an Aggregate Resource Plan.
- Council appointed Division 2 Councillor Kim McKylor to the Springbank Airport Community Noise Consultative Committee. Division 1 Councillor Mark Kamachi was selected as the alternate.
Planning & Development
- Division 7 – File PL20180011 (06415050), Bylaw C-7770-2018, Re-designation Item: Residential Two District to Residential One District (Considered under the Balzac East Area Structure Plan). Approved.
- Division 7 – File PL20170018 (07306001), Bylaw C-7767-2018, Re-designation Item: Ranch and Farm District to Industrial – Industrial Activity District (Considered under the County Plan). Approved.
- Division 5 – File PL20170114 (03329006), Bylaw C-7766-2018, Re-designation Item: Ranch and Farm District to Industrial – Industrial Activity District and Public Services District (Considered under the Janet Area Structure Plan). Approved.
- Division 9 – File PL20170145 (06731002), Bylaw C-7739-2017, Re-designation Item: Ranch and Farm District to Natural Resource Industrial District (Considered under the County Plan). This is related to the item below. Approved.
- Division 9 – File PL20170184 (06731002): Master Site Development Plan – Summit Aggregates Pit Note. This is related to the item above. Approved.