Lacombe council to review proposed changes to Municipal Development plan

Lacombe County councillors want more time to review proposed changes to its Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

“It’s a three-course meal,” said Coun. Dana Kriel during Lacombe County’s regular meeting July 14.

“It’s some 90 pages and will take time to digest.”

Coun. Rod McDermand said before council approves administration’s recommendations developed after public consultations, council should spend time reviewing community feedback and the proposed changes.

Likewise, Coun. Ken Wigmore said it would be advantageous for council to discuss the issues and comments brought forward to council before administration makes a draft.
Coun. Brenda Knight agreed.

“This is probably the most important document we are dealing with this term. We need to fully understand this when it goes to the public, at least I want to.”

Lacombe County held three public consultations earlier this year in Bentley, Lacombe and Tees. A total of 97 people attended the meetings. An online survey was also available to the public to get feedback on the proposed policy changes to the MDP and LUB with 130 people completing the survey.

County council will discuss the MDP and LUB on Aug. 18.

A third round of public meetings will be held early in 2017.

School resource officer

Schools in Lacombe County will benefit from Blackfalds withdrawing from a joint School Resource Officer (SRO) agreement with the county and Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS).

With two new schools opening in Blackfalds, the town is funding its own SRO on a full-time basis starting September 2016.

The program, run through Blackfalds RCMP detachment, also serves Eckville Elementary School, Eckville Jr. Sr. High School, Bentley School, Alix MAC School and Clive School.

The SRO position cost about $156,600 a year with the cost shared by Town of Blackfalds (25 per cent); WCPS (22.5 per cent); and Lacombe County (52.5) per cent.

Lacombe County unanimously voted in favour of picking up the shortfall from Blackfalds schools pulling out of the agreement and reallocating that time to other schools and policing duties in Lacombe County.

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