Yellowhead County briefs
Sept. 26 meeting
Community Services Strategic Plan – The Community Services Strategic Plan was presented to Council by the consultancy firm that was hired to evaluate and make recommendations on the current level of services and facilities available to residents in Edson and area. The report highlighted the opportunities and needs for parks and recreation, arts and culture, museums and archives, and library services. The report, which is intended for future decision-making by the upcoming council after the election, will be brought back to Council on October 10, 2017 for final adoption and is available to view in the September 26 Council agenda.
Edson Rec Complex – A letter will be sent to Edson Council letting them know Council’s views on the potential sale of the Edson Recreation Complex. The letter will address concerns that council has regarding the short time-frame available for input from the general public and what affect the sale of the complex could have on county residents. Another concern is that the offer on the complex is below market value. The County contributes approximately $55,000 to $80,000 per year towards the facility and funded half a million towards paving the road that leads to this facility.
2017 Ag Bursary –Two $500 Agricultural Services bursaries were awarded to two students from Yellowhead County who are currently studying at a post-secondary institution in fields related to agricultural, environmental, or animal sciences. Each year the Yellowhead County Agricultural Services Board, on behalf of Yellowhead County, awards two $500 bursaries.
Peers ASP – Council adopted the Peers Area Structure Plan (ASP). The Peers ASP (Bylaw 2.17) provides a framework for the long‐term growth and development in the Hamlet of Peers. Public engagement for the creation of the new Peers ASP included public meetings, a public hearing, a survey, and one-on-one engagement with individual landowners.
Edson IDP – The updated Edson Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) (Bylaw 3.17), which defines future development opportunities and restrictions where the two municipalities’ borders meet, was adopted by Council. This updated plan, considered to be more concise and easier to understand than the previous version, is an agreement between Yellowhead County and the Town of Edson and represents the area known as the Edson Fringe Area.
Redistrict in Niton –Bylaw 11.17 was adopted by Council and will allow for the property owner to apply for a development permit for staff accommodation on this property. A Public Hearing was held for Bylaw 11.17 on September 12, 2017.