Delia begins cannabis legislation process

Delia’s Land Use Bylaw passed third and final reading at Delia’s Aug. 30, 2018, regular council meeting held after a short public hearing.

The bylaw was in need of updates and amendments due to upcoming changes in Federal legislation regarding cannabis.

Definitions for cannabis, cannabis accessory, cannabis café and cannabis retail sales have been added to the bylaw.

Cannabis café and Cannabis retail sales have been added as discretionary uses under the C1 (central commercial), C2 (commercial) and I (industrial) districts.

This change makes it a requirement that any application for a cannabis-type outlet would have to come before the Municipal Planning Commission for a decision.

CAO Mark Nikota explained that none of these land use zones fall with 100 metres of the school, so a store placed in any of these three land use districts would be allowed under proposed laws.

School Enhancement Contribution The Village of Delia has committed $100,000 to enhancing the new school that will be built in the village.

The contribution is part of the current five-year capital budget and has been committed as a budget item in 2022.

The money will be used for enhancements over and above the regular school building, namely the expanded library and gymnasium, both which will be used by the entire community.

An official letter confirming this contribution commitment will be sent to Prairie Land Regional Division #25. AUMA Convention Council voted to send one representative to the 2018 AUMA Convention in Red Deer.

Delia has not sent a representative to the conventions for a number of years.

CAO Nikota suggested that attendance could be a worthwhile opportunity to network with fellow municipal leaders, attend educational workshops and gain information on what the upcoming year may hold for municipalities.

Since convention attendance costs were not included in the budget, council was required to formally approve this expenditure.

Cost with registration, hotel, meals and mileage is estimated at $1305.

Assessor appointment

Delia will sign a renewal agreement with Municipal Property Consultants (2009) Ltd. to provide the village with assessment services from 2019 to 2023. As per the Municipal Government Act, municipalities must appoint a qualified person to carry out the duties of a municipal assessor.

The working relationship between Municipal Property Consultants has been a good one, and council agreed that it would be a benefit to continue to work with an assessor with a good working knowledge of the village.

The renewed agreement will keep the current fees for the next three years with a modest two per cent increase in the last two years of the agreement.

New library board appointments Council appointed three new directors to the Delia Library Board.

Colette Morlock, Bonnie Doktorchik and Leanne Framingham will join the board for three-year terms.

 

Linda Stillinger

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