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City Council Highlights
Posted Date: 4/9/2018 10:15 PM

Intermunicipal Development Plan – Technical Amendments

Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw C-1248A, Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) Technical Amendments.

The purpose of the IDP is to provide regional land use planning guidance to the City and County of Grande Prairie. As a result of the 2016 annexation, technical amendments were made necessary to ensure the Plan remains consistent with regional land use planning decisions. The amendments are technical in nature and will not alter the intent of the Plan.

Most notably, policies related to the 'Short Term Annexation Area' have been removed and the County/City municipal boundary has been updated.

City Council gave first reading to Bylaw C-1248A on March 12. A Joint City/County Councils Public Hearing for Bylaw C-1248A was held on March 26.

Council directed Mayor Bill Given to write to the County requesting a comprehensive review of the IDP be undertaken.

Cairn on the Boulevard Development Permit – Paving and Landscaping Amendments

Council, acting as Development Authority, approved Development Permit PL160252, with amended conditions for completion of paving, landscaping and payment of associated securities.

Council amended Development Permit PL160252 as follows:
1.Require landscaping improvements and protective poured curbing around landscaped areas, to be completed by no later than July 31, 2018;
2.Extend the deadline for the completion of paving as specified in the current Permit to no later than July 31, 2019; and
3.An alternate site plan will result in 67 parking lots rather than 69.

The developer had requested an Extension of Conditions of Approval and Reduction of Parking Spaces on Development Permit PL160252-Community Outreach Facility, Health Facilities-Minor, Retail Store-Convenience, Dwelling Units-Supported.

Council waived the stipulation for securities for landscaping.

The properties affected are located at 10405-102 Street, 10132-104 Avenue, 10127 and 10131-105 Avenue.

Community Opioid Response Task Force

Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Community Opioid Response Task Force and endorsed the Administration Resources outlined.

The intent of the Task Force is to work collaboratively on a community action plan to address opioids, act as a platform to facilitate a coordinated community response, and to stay abreast of updated statistics and progress related to the opioid response in Grande Prairie.

In December 2017, Mayor Given launched a Community Opioid Response Task Force as a forum to share information on available resources and to begin work on a coordinated community action plan that is reflective of the specific needs of Grande Prairie.

In January 2018, Management brought forward a report highlighting the effects of the opioid crisis in Grande Prairie, the impact on municipal departments, and a general overview of the initial stages of the development of the Community Opioid Response Task Force.

Management was directed to bring back a draft of a Terms of Reference for the Task Force and a recommendation of appropriate resources to support the initiative.

Management has determined that appropriate resources will include one representative from Community Social Development as a key stakeholder on the Task Force as well as one admin support staff to handle the logistics and record keeping. No new funds are requested, as staff resources will be taken from the existing complement.

The Community Opioid Response Task Force currently consists of representatives from: Grande Prairie Public and Catholic School Districts, Peace Wapiti, the RCMP, Alberta Health Services, Canadian Mental Health, HIV North, ACT Medical, Chamber of Commerce, and the Peace Country Drug Awareness Coalition.

2018 Corporate Records Destruction

Council approve the destruction of all records listed on a schedule of documents where their potential relevance, use and applicability has expired. All records destroyed will be properly listed and incorporated into the minutes of Council, along with a signed affidavit as to witnessing of the destruction.

The Legislative Services Department is responsible for the management of City Council Policy 114, Destruction or Preservation of Municipal Records, and has the discretion to retain records longer than the retention period provided in this Policy.

It is also the Legislative Services Departments responsibility to destroy the records of the municipality, once they are deemed to have no further value.

A list of all records to be destroyed, conforms to this Policy and has been reviewed by the appropriate department Supervisors, Administrators, or Managers.

The records will be destroyed and an affidavit will be provided confirming destruction of these records. In accordance with this Policy, Council authorization is required prior to the destruction of any municipal records.

Supplementary Assessment Bylaw

Council approved 2018 Supplementary Assessment Bylaw C-1378.

City Council has passed a Supplementary Property Assessment Bylaw annually since 1995. The bylaw allows the City to assess property having newly constructed buildings or major additions and renovations in the same tax year as they are completed and occupied. Prior to conducting supplementary assessments inequities existed amongst properties based on the completion date of the improvements.

Without a supplementary assessment bylaw, improvements started and/or completed during 2018 would not be assessed for the 2018 tax year. This would be inherently unfair and inequitable to those owners having the improvements completed by the end of 2017, since those owners would be subject to taxation on the completed project for the full 2018 tax year.

Section 313 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires council to pass a bylaw before May 1 st in the same year as the supplementary is to be done. Section 314 (3) states that a supplementary assessment must reflect the value of an improvement that has not been previously assessed or the increase in the value of an improvement since it was last assessed. The latter instance would involve those buildings partially completed as of December 31st of the previous year.

Supplementary Tax Bylaw

Council passed Supplementary Tax Bylaw C-1379.

If a council passes a bylaw authorizing supplementary assessments to be prepared in respect of property, Section 369 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires council to pass a bylaw authorizing it to impose a supplementary tax in the same year as the supplementary assessment is to be done.

Council has passed a Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw annually since 1995.

Time Extension Request

Council approved the request to extend the period for subdivision endorsement of application Z14-0038 to February 23, 2019.

A Subdivision Application for a portion of SE 18-71-5-W6 was received and processed in January 2015. The proposed subdivision of 67 lots is located north of 72 Ave. and 87B St., with a total land area of 3.809 hectares. It is known as the Signature Falls Phase 6.

The Subdivision Authority Officer approved a time extension in 2016 to expire on February 23, 2017.

Subsequently, Council approved a time extension in 2017 to expire on February 23, 2018. The applicant has now submitted a third time extension request to change the period of subdivision endorsement to February 23, 2019.

The applicant has requested the extension due to continued pressure on market conditions; they have limited demand for this product, thereby making the project uneconomical to proceed at this time.