Lacombe City Council Highlights for April 14, 2014

Public Hearings

Bylaw 300.84 – Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 300 (R1d Use)

Council held a public hearing for an amendment to Land Use Bylaw 300 via Bylaw 300.84, a bylaw to amend language in Section 9.12 to allow Home Occupation 2 as a discretionary use in the R1d Narrow Lot Detached Dwelling district.   

Local resident Roberta Koelmans-Cameron came forward in favor of Bylaw 300.84, stating that allowing a discretionary Home Occupation 2 use would enable her to teach voice and music lessons and operate a home-based business. None spoke against the amendment. Subsequently, Council approved Bylaw 300.82 after giving it second and third readings.

Bylaw 300.83 – Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 300 (DARP/Historical Overlays)

Council held a public hearing for an amendment to Land Use Bylaw 300 via Bylaw 300.83, a bylaw to amend the Overlay Districts through the deletion of the Residential Architectural Theme Overlay and the Main Street Historic Area Overlay, and the addition of the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan Architectural Guidelines Overlay and the Historic District Area Overlay.
None came forward in favour of or opposition to Bylaw 300.83. Subsequently, Council approved Bylaw 300.83 after giving it second and third readings.
Presentations

50 St and 54 Avenue Signalization vs. Roundabouts
Local resident Carolyn Cave made a presentation to Council regarding the use of roundabouts as an alternative to installing traffic lights at the intersection of 50 St and 54 Avenue, and proposed temporary infrastructure for a trial period. 

Housing Needs Community Plan
Consultant Anna Bubel from ‘Another Way and creo inc.’ presented Council with the issues, opportunities, and recommendations for future Lacombe housing to better serve both young and older demographics. Lacombe housing trends, the predominance of single family dwellings versus mixed housing, results of stakeholder consultations, and options to increase the range of housing choices, neighbourhood connectedness and housing affordability were summarized for Council consideration and to assist Council with establishing policy direction. 

Planning and Development

Bylaw 394– (Road Closure)
Council passed a resolution to give first reading to Bylaw 394, a bylaw for the purpose of closing to public travel and create title to portions of a public roadway in accordance with Section 22 of the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26. Council also directed Administration to hold a public hearing at City Hall on Monday April 28, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. to consider Bylaw 394.
The City has prepared an application for the closure of Road Plan 992 6696, an unused road located north and east of Lot 5, Block 53, Plan 992 6696. The Road Plan is located off of the east side of 63 Street in Michener Park.
Bylaw 300.85– (Rezoning CR to C2)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 300.85, a bylaw of the City of Lacombe to amend the Land
Use Bylaw No. 300 by rezoning lands which are described Lot 5, Block 53, Plan 992 6696, Part of Lot 4, Block 53, Plan 972 4290 and Road Plan 992 6696 from Commercial Recreation (CR) and Public and Institutional Use (P) to Highway Commercial (C2). Council also directed Administration to hold a public hearing at City Hall on Monday April 28 at 6:35 p.m. to consider Bylaw 300.85.

The City submitted an application for the rezoning of Lot 5, Block 53, Plan 992 6696, Part of Lot 4, Block 53, Plan 972 4290 and Road Plan 992 6696. This rezoning will help facilitate future commercial development.

Bylaw 300.86– (Rezoning FD to R1C and P)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 300.85, a bylaw of the City of Lacombe to amend the Land Use Bylaw No. 300 by rezoning lands which are described as part of NW 32-40-26 W4 from FD – Future Designation District to R1c –Residential Smaller Lot Single Detached Dwellings District, and P – Public and Institutional Use District.

Council also directed Administration to hold a public hearing at City Hall on Monday May 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. to consider Bylaw 300.86.

Financial Services

2014 Operating Budget Amendments
Council passed a resolution to endorse the proposed 2014 operating budget adjustments as presented.

Council and Legislative

City of Lacombe Strategic Plan
Council passed a resolution to endorse the 2014-2017 City of Lacombe Strategic Plan goals and priorities, and directed Administration to present the plan for final adoption on by May, 2014.

Economic Development and Community Services

Housing Needs Community Plan
Council adopted the Lacombe Housing Strategy in principle. The purpose of this Housing Plan is to provide a framework for residential development that responds to community needs, anticipates future trends and furthers the vision of a thriving City.

Environmental Services

Assessment RFP Award
Council appointed Warren Powers of Powers and Associates Appraisal Services Inc. as the assessor appointed to prepare the City of Lacombe assessment roll for the years 2014 through 2018, inclusive.
Council went In-Camera to discuss a land matter.

Council returned to Open Meeting.

Planning and Development

Hotel Site Lot Preparation
Council passed a resolution to make a one-time exemption for procurement of services in excess of $75,000 relative to the proposed commercial lot preparation. Council then directed Administration to obtain suitable quotations for procuring the preparation of the commercial development lot in Michener Park, with contracted excavation and fill services to a maximum of $150,000.

Transportation Services

Fixed Fee Permits (Travis MJ System)
Council passed a resolution to adopt a “fixed fee” of $20 per permit and enter into agreements with the province under the TRAVIS-MJ permit program.

TRAVIS-MJ was developed by the Alberta Government to provide municipalities with a modern permit database tool which gives them the ability to easily approve/deny permits issued by the Province for travel on roads under their authority and to facilitate the sharing of permit revenue between the Province and the municipalities.

Reports
Council reports were received as information.


*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on April 28, 2014 at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on May 5, 2014 at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on May 12, 2014 at 5 p.m.


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