Kneehill County defines recreational property

What qualifies as recreational property and what doesn’t took on a lengthy discussion for Kneehill Council at the June 28 regular meeting.

As part of Bylaw 1719 – Repealing Bylaw, Bylaw 1618, which established subclasses for residential assessments, was to be repealed along with Bylaw 1326 and Bylaw 1328, both to do with property taxation and assessment.

Bylaw 1618 was added in 2010 as a recreational subclass for residential assessments of properties, like a cottage on a pond on private property. Since 2014, assessors have determined that those properties designated recreational should actually be taxed at a lower rate either as residential or farm buildings.

Council passed Bylaw 1719 with an amendment to remove Bylaw 1618 until after the Municipal Government Act review is complete, as subclasses of properties are being reviewed.

Public hearing date unchanged

The public hearing for Kneehill’s Landuse Bylaw will remain set for mid-August after council debated a request from a ratepayer to move it into the fall.

Council agreed it could be more difficult for ratepayers to get to the meeting during the fall harvest season.

Reeve Bob Long suggested that anyone unable to get to the hearing but wanting to provide input can submit written submissions to be read out at the meeting, or they can relay the information via their councillor.

Council recognition

Coun. Carol Calhoun wants to make sure that future visitors to the new Kneehill County/Medical Clinic Building know who is responsible for the project.

Calhoun requested that a plaque depicting current council plus the opening date and other pertinent information be commissioned for the building for historical purposes.

Council directed administration to investigate costs and bring back suggestions to council.

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