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City Council approved Bylaw amendment C-1212E, the Arbour Hills Area Structure Plan, Bylaw Amendment C-1281-3, the Arbour Hills 2 Outline Plan, and Land Use Bylaw Amendment C-1260-33.
Council voted in favour of Land Use Bylaw Amendment C-1260-85. This allows an oversized billboard to be located at 8707-108 St. (Wapiti Road).
Billboards can have a maximum sign area 3.1 m high and 6.1 m wide (18.1 m2).
This LUB amendment application will regulate the development of this and future super-size billboards by creating the new definition and establishing minimum standards, and also requires that every proposed super-size billboard would need a site-specific amendment to the LUB.
Council voted to table a vote on authorizing the use of the Public Housing Reserve up to $80,000 for the development of a business case analysis for an Arm’s length Housing Development Corporation. This allows discussion on the matter to occur at Council’s upcoming strategic planning session.
The Federal and Provincial Governments have announced affordable housing strategies and the messaging from both levels of government is that strategies will include funding for affordable housing builds and operational supports in communities.
To further this exploration, a professional business case will need to be conducted on the development of a Housing Development Corporation and what that entails for the City.
Council approved the request to extend the time period for subdivision endorsement for application Z14-0034 to Jan. 29, 2019.
This is the third time extension request submitted by the applicant for subdivision endorsement. This request to extend is due to economic conditions and a slow housing market.
Administration recirculated the approved subdivision to stakeholders to ensure the approval conditions remain valid and to confirm that the land is suitable for the proposed subdivision. Comments received with the recirculation indicate that there are no concerns with the time extension and that conditions of the subdivision approval remain the same.
The Subdivision Authority Officer approved a time extension in 2016 to expire on Jan. 29, 2017. Subsequently, Council granted a time extension in 2017 to expire on January 29, 2018.
Council approved the request to extend the period for subdivision endorsement for Z15-0018 to November 25, 2018.
The Subdivision Authority Officer approved the subdivision with conditions on Nov. 25, 2015 and granted a time extension in 2016 to expire on November 25, 2017.
Administration made the decision to recirculate the approved subdivision to stakeholders to ensure the conditions are still valid, and the land still suitable for the proposed subdivision. Comments received with the recirculation indicate that there are no concerns with the time extension and that conditions of the subdivision approval remain the same.
Council approved the proposed amendments to Policy 316, the Downtown Incentive Program.
The Downtown Incentives Program has budgeted $500,000 for the 2018 funding intake.
During the capital budget deliberation in the fall of 2014, Administrated identified and recommended locations for new traffic signals to Council. At the time of recommendation, the intersections of 108 St and 132 Ave, 92 St and 132 Ave, and 92 St and 72 Ave were expected to meet requirements for signalization based on projected development growth and traffic patterns.
The current Bylaw C-1267 Police Service Fees and Charges was approved May 28, 2012. At that time the fee for electronic fingerprinting was set at $50 of which $25 was sent to the Receiver General and the other $25 was retained by the City of Grande Prairie for providing the service.
In December, Administration reviewed the Police Fees of similar sized municipalities. Strathcona, St. Albert, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat were included in the review. The lowest fee for electronic fingerprints was $65 and the highest fee was $95.
The permit also approved additional on-site parking at 10127- and 10131-105 Ave., as proposed by the Applicant. Council’s conditions of approval required the landscaping works to be completed by no later than October 31, 2016 and paving, curbing and line painting to be completed by no later than September 30, 2016.
The time extensions were requested by the Applicant since none of the expected work had been undertaken. At the Regular Council meeting held on December 4, the Applicant informed Council that he cannot meet the obligations and commitments he agreed to in his Development Permit and subsequently requested a second extension for the completion of the paving and landscaping improvements by no later than September 30, 2022, as well as a reduction of four parking stalls from the site plan previously approved by Council.
Council voted to direct Administration to determine the space requirements for a game and potential options for City facilities and report back to the Community Living Committee.
The NADC champions the cause of Alberta's northern economies and communities by exploring opportunities for growth, and developing programs and services to facilitate this growth.
The Council is made up of 10 public members and the Chair is a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Alberta. Council membership reflects the geographic, cultural and vocational diversity of northern communities.
Wendy Crosina, Manager of Forest Stewardship, and Terry Jean, General Manager, Lumber, at Weyerhaeuser presented to Council on the company’s efforts to work with stakeholders and government to implement a solution that ensures access to a sustainable and adequate long-term supply of fibre that satisfies the requirements set out in the Federal Recovery Strategy and maintains caribou habitat across the Forest Management Area.
It seeks to find a balance between achieving self-sustaining caribou populations, meeting federal requirements under the Species at Risk Act and addressing economic and environmental realities in Alberta.
The open house will be held at the Elk’s Hall, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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