Clive village council pondered more public input on possible changes to its land-use bylaw (LUB). The discussion was held at the Dec. 11 regular meeting of council.

Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney presented councillors with the results of a survey that polled local residents, 27 of which responded, on proposed changes to the LUB. 

Kenney noted this was the second stage of community engagement the village has held over proposed changes to the LUB; such a document spells out the rules and regulations for development of property in the municipality.

One question asked of residents was whether they agreed the height of an accessory building should be permitted up to 18 feet, with about 80 per cent of respondents agreeing with the proposal.

Another question asked essentially if the village should streamline the process for a suite’s development permit, with about 70 per cent answering “Yes.”

Respondents were asked if tiny homes should be permitted in the village, with about 65 per cent answering “Yes.”

Other questions included sea-cans in residential areas, RVs parked in front yards and how many “abandoned” vehicles should be allowed on properties, among other questions.

Councillors unanimously passed a resolution instructing the administrator to add their comments to the draft LUB and bring it back for final approval at a future meeting.

2024 interim budget

Councillors unanimously approved the 2024 interim budget; it was previously discussed at a council meeting and came back to the current one for final approval.

Councillors heard at their previous meeting the interim budget calls for a general three per cent property tax increase which could be affected by factors such as assessment.

Minor tweak

Councillors passed all readings necessary to bring into effect an addition to the village’s traffic bylaw. 

The CAO noted a clause was proposed that would allow the parking of a heavy vehicle, specifically a school bus, on 50 Street.

Kenney stated the clause notes the school bus is to be parked completely on a driveway and not to overhang the sidewalk.

The CAO also noted that when this was publicly advertised the village received no comments in return.

Dry summer?

During her regular CAO’s report Kenney noted she’d recently attended an Alberta Municipalities Association (AMA) meeting where the topic of drought came up. 

She noted weather forecasters are predicting the drought will continue in the spring and summer of 2024, with the provincial government trying to get that information front and centre to all Albertans.

During discussion it was noted that the Village of Clive’s switch to charging a per cube fee for water is itself encouragement for the public to conserve water.

Police update

Councillors perused the regular police wrap-up submitted by the Blackfalds RCMP detachment, which is responsible for providing police service to the Village of Clive.

It was noted that the Blackfalds RCMP detachment received 154 calls for service during the week of Nov. 21 to Nov. 27, including three assaults, one break and enter, 10 thefts, five mischiefs, two theft of motor vehicle and 31 motor vehicle collisions (MVC).

Information was also provided for the end of November and beginning of December.

 In this report it was stated that on Nov. 30 a crash notification was received from a phone in Lacombe County, and after police attended the scene they found a severely damaged vehicle with blood on the airbag, which was deployed. 

Police stated they located the female driver who had non-fatal injuries; it was determined alcohol wasn’t a factor in this incident.

On Dec. 4 police received a report of a stolen vehicle followed by a call from the owner who stated the vehicle had been recovered but the owner discovered weapons inside the vehicle. 

Police stated this matter remains under investigation.

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 19, 2023 at 14:33

This item reprinted with permission from   East Central Alberta Review   Coronation, Alberta

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