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ROCKY VIEW REPORT
DECEMBER 14TH COUNCIL MEETING
It was a busy and interesting Council meeting this week as Council held its last official Council meeting before the new year. There is a lot to report on as administration was seeking direction on the new Municipal Development Plan, and several Area Structure Plans, including the North and South Springbank ASP’s. Council also appointed a new Interim CAO.New Municipal Development Plan (MDP) TabledRocky View’s new MDP was tabled by Council after a lengthy discussion about possible options for the plan were considered. The MDP has been in limbo for some time. It was sent to the CMRB after receiving Second Reading from the previous Council. The CMRB held up the plan as the urban members on the Board voted against it. This, even though the Board administration and an outside consultant approved the new MDP.Councillor Boehlke summed it up best by stating: “If you’re an urban at the CMRB, things go forward. If you’re a rural, things get held up by politics.”As the plan was not approved by the CMRB, Rocky View Council voted to table the plan. The motion read:“THAT further consideration of BYLAW C-8090-2020 be tabled until Council has determined its strategic direction on growth within the County, and until a decision has been rendered by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on approval of the draft Regional Growth Plan.THAT Administration be directed to present a report to Council no later than two months following a decision by the Minister on the Regional Growth Plan. The report shall principally assess the impacts of the Minister’s decision on the development of the Municipal Development Plan. “Council voted unanimously in favor of the tabling motion.Terms of Reference for Springbank ASP’s to be AmendedAdministration brought forward the Springbank ASP’s for discussion as they were seeking direction on what steps to take with the plans. Like the MDP, the Springbank ASP’s were given Second Reading by the previous Council and sent to the CMRB for approval, where they were subsequently voted down by the urban municipalities. Administration recommended amending the terms of reference for the ASP’s, adding that the proposal does not align with the County Plan or RVC/City IDP, and they had recommended refusal at the Public Hearing stage. Council voted to amend the terms of reference for the Springbank ASP’s according to Attachment A, which you can view here:https://pub-rockyview.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=3701Councillor Boehlke pointed out that there has been a lot of time, money, and resources spent on the plans and tabling them until a Minister’s decision on the Growth Plan would make more sense than amending and essentially starting all over. Councillor Schule agreed stating that they didn’t want to lose all the work they had done. Mayor Kochan stated that he had heard from a lot of residents who felt their input was not considered in the process and so going back to the public would be a good thing. Councillor Hanson stated it wouldn’t be starting over, it would be going back to residents for input. Some of the revisions brought forward to consider were:Ensuring that the draft plans are in alignment with regional and municipal statutory and non-statutory plans.Reverting to a single proposed area structure plan, replacing the two draft ASP’s currently proposed.Reviewing the amendments made by Council previously following closure of the Public Hearings held on February 16, 2021 against statutory plan requirements and community input, andInsertion of policies and land use strategy amendments that could reduce intermunicipal conflict and address landowner concerns.The motion to amend the terms of reference for the Springbank ASP’s passed 5-2 with Councillors Boehlke and Schule voting against.Shepard Industrial ASP TabledThe terms of reference for the Shepard Industrial ASP were tabled. This was a particularly contentious item as Calgary recently brought forward an annexation request which includes the lands in the proposed Shepard Industrial ASP.This was a developer-funded and led ASP. The majority landowner is Simpson Ranching Ltd., and it was done in conjunction with Shepard Development Corporation. The ASP includes approximately 773 hectares (1910 acres) of land in southeast Rocky View County. Administration recommended rescinding the terms of reference for the ASP, stating that this ASP has always been a huge issue of contention for the City of Calgary. They also pointed out that the ASP did not line up with County plans and policies. Councillor Samra pointed out that there is great opportunity for development in that area and he would not support the rescinding recommendation. Councillor Boehlke pointed out the irony of Calgary launching an annexation while they are sitting around the CMRB table which is supposed to be about collaborating. Councillor Hanson said there’s a 95% chance the annexation will go through so voting to proceed with the ASP or to table it didn’t make sense. The vote to table the ASP until the annexation between Calgary and Rocky View is negotiated and resolved carried. Administration is to bring back a report to Council after a decision by the Land and Property Rights Tribunal on the annexed lands.Motion Arising Brought ForwardCouncillor Boehlke brought forward a motion arising which read:THAT a letter be sent to the Minister of Municipal Affairs under signature of Mayor Kochan to request a halt to annexation negotiations with the City of Calgary until a final decision is established on the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board Growth Plan.Boehlke made a passionate plea to his colleagues that Calgary should not have launched this annexation as they did not need this land to grow. He also said it was irresponsible of them to do it while they are awaiting news on the proposed Growth Plan.This motion was defeated 4-3 with Schule, Boehlke and Samra again voting for it.Highway 1 East ASP TabledThe developer led ASP for Highway 1 East was also sent packing. The terms of reference for the ASP were rescinded. This was also recommended by administration and it was discussed that the County of Wheatland had concerns with the plan.  Glenmore Trail ASP TabledThe Glenmore Trail ASP was tabled in similar fashion to the MDP. Council decided it was tough to move forward with the plan while they await direction from the province on the Regional Growth Plan. They did not vote to rescind the terms of reference, however. The motion read:THAT further consideration of Bylaw C-8236-2021 be tabled until Council has determined its strategic direction on growth within the County, and until a decision has been rendered by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on approval of the draft Regional Growth Plan.THAT Administration be directed to present a report to Council no later than two months following a decision by the Minister on the Regional Growth Plan. The report shall principally assess the impacts of the Minister’s decision on the development of the Glenmore Trail ASP.New Interim CAO AppointedCouncil went in camera near the end of the agenda to discuss a personnel matter. When they returned Mayor Kochan brought forward a motion to remove Interim CAO Kent Robinson from the position and replace him with Byron Reimann. That motion passed and Byron Reimann is now the Acting CAO. There is no timeline as to when a new CAO will be hired, but the process is underway and is expected to take at least a couple more months.Rocky View 2020
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