Lacombe council briefs


3.1 Lacombe Regional Tourism 

Lacombe Regional Tourism Board Chair Merry Kuchle and Executive Director Angelique Hand shared their strategic plan for promoting Lacombe Regional Tourism in 2020-2021, highlighting plans for a mobile tourism van, new office space, 2021 event targets, increased brand recognition and outreach with groups external to Lacombe, and proposed budget details. 

4. Public Hearings 

4.1 Bylaws 400.30 and 405.1; Removal of Reserve Designation from part of Lot P; Bylaw 481 

Council held public hearings for Bylaws 400.30 and 405.1; Removal of Reserve Designation from part of Lot P; and Bylaw 481 – road closure, for the former chamber of commerce lands. 

Lacombe residents Scott Lewis and Roberta Williamson provided a written submission opposing the development of Lot P, commenting that their residence overlooks it. They stated there are already many commercial service offerings to drivers, campers and athletes who use Michener Park or the golf course as they enter or leave Lacombe in the vicinity of Lot P. They believe the remaining park would be negatively affected by noise and activity from the two new commercial lots if the amendment was passed and the strip of land developed, asking what developments were appropriate for the two highway commercial parcels, and why the city would consider removing a green space that adds to the attractiveness of the busy city entrance. They suggested Council would be making a decision that will detract from a useful and welcoming park and take away from the city entrance. They believe the quiet parks and current urban aesthetics are components of a simpler, healthier lifestyle, which should be considered by councils in its decision process. 

After inquiring with the City about illustrations for car entrances, exits and parking, Jin Kim, from the Country Club Inn, provided a written submission opposed to the closure of the service road. He commented that the Lacombe Country Club Inn and its customers use the service road, which was proposed to be closed with the re-zoning of Lot P, and that he would be directly impacted as a business owner. He believes this would cause great inconvenience to customers who are arriving from the east, since the service road is used to access the Country Club Inn and the park. He believes it would be best for the service road to remain open to allow for easy access to westbound traffic. Mr. Kim commented that although access is available through 63 Street, drivers do not like to wait at the traffic signal when taking a left turn from 50 Avenue, believing that westbound customers prefer easier access via the existing service road. He requested Council consider keeping the service road open. 

 Tyler Erb, representing Lacombe Petro Canada ownership, provided a written submission containing concerns on modifications to vehicle access, believing he would stand to lose westbound traffic from the proposed service road closure. He requested a through-road to be connected to 50 Avenue where the proposed “dead-end” would be, to allow westbound traffic access to the new commercial property, the Country Club Inn, and the Petro Canada location. He also commented commercial traffic would be better focused further from a residential zone 

Requests for Decision 

5.1 Bylaw 405.1 and Bylaw 400.30 (MDP/LUB Amendments) 

Council gave second and third readings to Bylaw 405.1 and Bylaw 400.30. Council also authorized Administration to notify the Registrar of Land Titles of the decision to remove the municipal reserve designation from all that portion of Lot P (Reserve), Block 50, Plan 3583NY, which lies within Plan (number to be provided by the Registrar). 

5.2 Bylaw 481 (Road Closure) 

Council gave second and third readings to Bylaw 481, to close portions of a service road along the south side of 50 Avenue, to allow for consolidation with lands from Lot P, Block 50, Plan 3583NY to create parcels for future commercial development. 

5.3 Policy Clean Up Project 

Council voted to rescind all policies identified as inoperative, obsolete, expired, spent, superseded, or otherwise ineffective, in the attached listing. 

5.4 Solid Waste Review – Presentation Options 

Council directed Administration to prepare a pre-recorded presentation and allow for questions and comments from both Council and the public to be received prior to council’s official discussion and debate at an additional June council meeting. Council then scheduled a regular council meeting for June 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. to discuss the Solid Waste Review. 

5.5 Terms of Reference – Social Resiliency Task Team 

Council accepted the report on the Social Resiliency Task Team terms of reference as information.

2020 Operating Budget Adjustments Council passed a resolution to approve the spring budget amendments as presented. 

5.7 Bylaw 479 – 2020 Tax Rate Bylaw Council gave first reading to Bylaw 479, the 2020 Tax Rate Bylaw. 

5.8 Spending Motion – Public Works Council defeated the following motion: 

In light of the current pandemic, and possible changes to provincial funding, halt further spending on the Public Works Building until quarter 3, 2020, with the expectation that the future financial position of the City will be more certain at that time. 

5.9 Lacombe Regional Tourism Council passed a resolution to receive the Lacombe Regional Tourism presentation for information. 

Motions Out of Camera 

9.1 Legal 

Council approved an expenditure up to $35,000 to undertake necessary legal review, specialized consultation, environmental sampling, or geotechnical assessments, in support of the proposed arrangement. 

*The next scheduled Council Meetings: 

– May 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular) 

– May 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular) 

– June 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Committee) 

– June 8, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular) 

– June 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular) 

– June 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)