Hinton Town Council briefs
Sept. 26 meeting
Land Use Bylaw No. 1088-3 (176 Cheviot Drive) - Presented by Lorraine Walker
At the August 15, 2017, Regular Meeting of Council, Administration was directed to bring back Land Use Bylaw No. 1088 for amendment to 176 Cheviot Drive Plan 5662 RS, Block 13, Lot R1 for rezoning to S-PRK. The purpose of this was to remove the existing Land Use Bylaw designation of R-M1 and align the designated use of the lands to the adjacent parcel at 180 Cheviot Drive with S-PRK designation. This amendment also supports removing the existing reserve designation at Land Titles to align with the Land Use Bylaw 1088. It was moved that Bylaw 1088-3 receive second and third reading both motions were carried.
Land Use Bylaw No. 1088 - 4 (439 MaKenny Street) - Presented by Lorraine Walker
The existing building and lands were formerly constructed for the purposes of a place of worship (known as the “Ark”) under the Community Services designation and has been vacant for several years.
Administration became aware of the purchase of this facility and provided a letter in May, 2017 that outlined the requirements that the Town’s Development Authority would require prior to issuing any Development Permit approvals for the changed use(s) of building, landscaping/parking and storm water management. The Applicant has advised the Development Authority that those plans are underway and acknowledges that Municipal Affairs is also vested in ensuring that this building meets Alberta Safety Codes as the building will be renovated to accommodate alternative uses. Those uses have not been identified by the Applicant. The Applicant is currently seeking to secure potential tenants and renovate the facility to accommodate tenant “uses” and the Town’s Development Authority cannot issue any Development Permits until the rezoning is approved by Council. The C-HWY rezoning provides the Applicant with permitted and discretionary uses that will revitalize this long outstanding vacant facility within our Highway corridor.
The frontage of Thompson Lake to Highway 16 and adjacent to this property is zoned C- NOD – Urban Node Commercial District. It was moved that Bylaw 1088-4 receive second and third reading - both motions were carried.
Recreation Centre Strategy Development - Presented by Wendy Jones
Administration and Consultants (ISL Engineering, GEC Architecture and PwC) have completed the third iteration of the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre Business Case (“Business Case”). The Business Case powerpoint presentation was presented in the agenda (view it online here) and highlights the findings. The Consultants were in attendance on September 26, 2017 to advise and answer any questions that arose.
The Business Case final report with details will be finalized and available for further Council to deliberate and provide direction to Administration. It was moved That Council (2013 to 2017) accept the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre Business Case September, 2017 findings as information - this motion was carried.
Appointment of Chief Administrative Officer - Presented by Mayor Rob Mackin
Provincial legislation mandates Council to appoint one or more persons to the position of Chief Administrative Officer. It was moved that That Stephane Labonne be appointed as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) effective October 5, 2017. This motion was carried.
Councillor Albert Ostashek: Ostashek reported that ASH held last pre-opening meeting on Sunday. Would like to remind all residents about opening events scheduled for this and next week (view more about here). He also offered his appreciation to the Hinton Chamber of Commerce, Hinton Voice, and Yellowhead Labour Council for holding the All Candidates Forum earlier in the week.
Councillor Matthew Young: Young reported having attended a Golf Course meeting, going on to say that he was proud to be able to report that the golf course is now “in the black”. He also reported having attended a Library board meeting, reporting that the libraries three year budgeting cycle will have it running a deficit in the next Councils term, saying that there will likely need to be discussions surrounding what that means and options in the coming years.
Mayor Rob Mackin: Mayor Mackin offered a reminder about the coming Arts on Fire event (view more about here). Also spoken about was the coming MPB Open House at the Hinton Centre; find out more about the event here.
In addition to the above reporting, each Councillor, Mayor Mackin, and Interim CAO Howarth individually spoke, reflecting Council’s term and offering thanks.