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City Council Highlights
Posted Date: 3/12/2018 11:30 PM


Downtown Business Improvement Area Association – 2018 Budget

DownTown Association Manager Helen Rice presented the organization’s 2018 budget, approved by its board at the Feb. 28 meeting. The $356,597 budget represents a zero per cent increase.

Andrew Cho – Saturation of Liquor Stores in the City

Council received for information a presentation by resident Andrew Cho who is concerned about the saturation of liquor stores in Grande Prairie for the size of the community and that many of these outlets are owned outside the city.

Westgate Area Structure Plan Amendment, Westgate East Outline Plan, Land Use Bylaw Amendment

Council approved Bylaw C-1186-2, Westgate Area Structure Plan Amendment, Bylaw C-1373, Westgate East Outline Plan, and Bylaw C-1260-87, Land Use Bylaw Amendment.

The applicant requested these amendments to rezone 2.4 hectares, located on the east side of 115 St., north of 106 Ave. in the Westgate East neighbourhood, from High Density Residential (RH) and Combined Density Residential (RC) to General Residential (RG). 

This property is undeveloped. The properties to the west are vacant and identified for future commercial development; to the east are low-density residential dwellings; and to the south is a vacant high density residential site and a vacant medium density residential site.

The property is part of the Westgate Area Structure Plan area and is within the Westgate East Outline Plan area. Amendments to both plans would be required to subsequently approve a rezoning of the site from High Density Residential to Low Density Residential.

The applicant has indicated that the desired current and long-term development in this area is expected to be single detached housing. Since there is limited demand for higher density residential sites, redesignating the subject lands will likely result in quicker absorption

The amendments are consistent with the City’s long-term planning documents, are compatible with adjacent land uses in the neighbourhood, and maintains Council’s vision for the Westgate East neighbourhood as a mixed use community.

Vision West Business Park Outline Plan

Council rescinded the Vision West Business Park Outline Plan.

When the Vision West Outline Plan was approved by bylaw on May 1, 2017, the Outline Plan, which was adopted by resolution, was not rescinded at that time.

The City uses both Area Structure Plans (ASPs) and Outline Plans (OPs) as part of the planning process. ASPs are statutory plans that are adopted for large areas, usually a section or more.

Outline Plans are prepared by the land developer and typically apply to a quarter-section. They show the future development concept for the neighbourhood consistent with the ASP, but in greater detail. OPs includes detailed future land uses/zoning; the layout of roads, lots, parks, school sites, and development phasing. Prior to 2011, Outline Plans were not statutory plans.

The Area Structure Plan and Online Plan were approved by resolution. An amendment was made to the Municipal Development Plan to adopt both new and existing Outline Plans by bylaw as statutory plans in September 2011.

The purpose of this amendment was to give Outline Plans greater legal status to ensure that the subsequent subdivisions would be required to follow them.

Consistent with the MDP policy, the Vision West Outline Plan was adopted by bylaw on May 1, 2017 when the Council was considering a proposed amendment. However, an administrative error occurred whereby the Outline Plan previously adopted by resolution was not rescinded.

Intermunicipal Plan – Technical Amendments

Council gave first reading to Bylaw C-1248A, being technical amendments to the Intermunicipal Development Plan, adopted by City and County Councils in 2010.
The City of Grande Prairie annexed approximately 6316 hectares from the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Bylaw C-1248A proposes a variety of text and map amendments to the IDP, all of which reflect the the annexation. None of the proposed amendments will alter the intent of the plan.

The following timeline identifies key dates for processing Bylaw C-1248A.
• March 12 - First reading also occurring at County Council
• March 26 - Joint City/County Council Public Hearing
• April 9 - second and third readings at City and County Council

Large Scale Tourism Events Funding

Council approved amendments to Policy 317, Funding for Large Scale Tourism Events. In 2017, three grant applications were received and funded: 

1. Bear Creek Folk Festival $100,000 

 2. Stompede $50,000 

3. East Coast Garden Party $50,000   

The first year of the funding process provided City Council and Management the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the fund, identify areas in the application process to streamline for overall efficiency, and to identify changes to provide consistency with other grant processes.

Highlights of the proposed changes to the Administrative Procedure 317-1, include:

  1. The event is expected to have a tourism draw of at least 35% of attendees from a proximity of 100 km or greater from Grande Prairie;
  2. The event takes place in the City of Grande Prairie or in the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 at Evergreen Park, or the Crosslink County Sportsplex;
  3. No single grant will exceed 50% of the annual Large Scale Tourism Events budget.

An online application form for 2018 funding will be available upon approval of the proposed amendments to Administrative Procedure 317-1, by the City Manager.  The application deadline will be extended for 2018, and notice to the public will be provided through the City's website and social media channels.

Smith Subdivision and Grande Spirit Foundation

Council endorsed allocating a portion of land within the Smith Subdivision to the Grande Spirit Foundation.

The Grande Spirit Foundation, after a review of other similar properties, has identified that five acres in the Smith Subdivision would best suit the needs for a new build, including parking, landscaping and walkways. This would provide an estimate of 90-120 units.

Wildrose Manor has 115 units and is located on four acres while Lakeview in Clairmont is a 150-unit facility sitting on five acres.

The vision is to incorporate commercial space on the main floor and have two-three floors above for a height of four floors. Examples of commercial space potential would be, supportive organizations for seniors, medical facilities, hair and foot care. (Estimate is each unit at 800 sq. ft. and five units for commercial, this would require 4,000 sq. ft. with 80 ft. of frontage for each x 5 is 400 ft. long.)

Without commercial space on the main floor, two to three floors would suffice with the design being similar to Wildrose Manor with more landscaping and less parking. With land available for the Grande Spirit Foundation on the Smith Subdivision site, the next steps would be for the Grande Spirit Foundation to develop a Conceptual design and Business Case for the project, including capital costs.

By committing land on the Smith Subdivision to the Grande Spirit Foundation, there is an opportunity for the City of Grande Prairie to advance construction of new builds related to affordable housing for seniors.

Management will stay abreast of any Provincial and Federal funding that becomes available for capital to ensure the municipality is in a solid position to access funds as they become available.

Time Extension for Endorsement of Subdivision

Council approved the request to extend the period for subdivision endorsement for Z14-0031 to Jan. 29, 2019.

A Subdivision application for Lot 3 Plan 832 1251 all within NW 14-71-6-W6, was received and processed in December 2014.

The proposed subdivision of two lots is located west of 100 St. and South of 79 Ave., with a total land area of 4.89 hectare. It is known as the Southview area.

The Subdivision Authority Officer approved the subdivision with conditions January 29, 2015. The Subdivision Authority Officer approved a time extension in 2016 to expire on January 29, 2017. Subsequently, Council approved a time extension in 2017 to expire on January 29, 2018.

The reason provided by the applicant for the request is for additional time to meet the conditions of approval.

Francophone and Bilingual Initiatives

Council approved hosting the 2018 mid-term meeting of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network with a budget of up to $44,000.

Council also approved the City joining the Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association and directed the Mayor to appoint a member of Council as a voting member of the association.

The ABMA currently has 11 members: Plamondon, Municipal District of Lac La Biche, Beaumont, Legal, Morinville, St. Albert, St. Paul, Bonnyville, Falher, Municipal District of Smoky River, and Donnelly.

The ABMA vision is to maximize the economic prosperity of bilingual municipalities. The term bilingual is used in the broad sense to describe municipalities that recognize the presence of Francophones in their community and seek to reap the economic and social benefits of this presence.

Bylaw Amendment – Animals and Responsible Pet Ownership

Council did not reach a consensus on having third reading on Bylaw C-1226C, an amendment to the Animal and Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, which would regulate keeping Urban Hens within the City.

The matter will return to Council on March 26 for third reading.

At that time, consideration will be given as to how many Livestock Exemption Permits will be issued for Urban Hens within the first year of implementation. Administration will report back to the Infrastructure and Protective Services Committee after one year.

A person seeking a Livestock Exemption Permit for Hens will need to complete the following process:
1. Obtain and review a copy of the Urban Hen Guidelines and Procedures from the City.
2. Submit a Livestock Exemption Permit application to Enforcement Services and submit a site plan showing the actual dimensions of the rear yard of the property, and the proposed location and dimensions of the coop. Upon receiving the application, Enforcement Services will compile all pertinent information and forward a recommendation to the Infrastructure & Protective Services Director (or delegate) for his/her decision. The Director will either issue an Exemption Permit (with or without conditions) or deny the application. The applicant will be advised in writing of the Director’s decision and the process for appeals if necessary.
3. Upon approval of the application, the applicant may set-up the site in accordance with the submitted plans and the Urban Hen Guidelines and Procedures.
4. When the set-up is complete, the applicant will notify Enforcement Services. A Bylaw Enforcement Officer will inspect the site to ensure compliance with the permit conditions.

Part of the registration process is an expectation of notification of adjacent neighbours.

Urban Hens (also known as backyard chickens) was introduced as Committee business in 2015 and has remained a consistent topic of discussion among both Committee and Council since that time.