Council Meeting - September 25, 2018

Council Meeting – September 25, 2018

The Highlights of this meeting included: Elan re-districting, Economic Development Update, Boards and Committees Update, Cannabis, and, Meeting Procedures Update!


5a. Bylaw 904-18 - Elan Direct Control Redistricting

Invistec Consulting on behalf of 1662825 Alberta Ltd., has made an application to a redistrict a portion of the SE ¼ Sec. 33-50-24-W4M in the Elan neighborhood from AG - Agricultural District in the Rural Service Area to Direct Control District 117- Elan District. The subject area is located north of 50 Avenue, west of Range Road 243. The purpose of this application is to achieve a more efficient use of land by allowing a range of dwelling types and densities in compliance with the Elan Neighborhood Structure Plan.


a. Registered Presentations - Economic Development Update

There was a presentation from our Economic Development Team. The team was introduced, and some initiatives that they are working on were highlighted.


a. Implementation of the Tax Recovery Process

Every year, Notices of Assessment and Taxes are issued on or before May 31. The due date (June 30) and a statement of penalties are clearly identified within the notice. Several other reminders and notices have been sent encouraging landowners to bring their account in good standing. As of this date, we note that two properties remain in arrears. These properties are:

Tax Roll 004006; Lot 15 Block 1 Plan 062 7131; Arrears $4,620.01; Assessed Value $184,900

Tax Roll 004008; Lot 17 Block 1 Plan 062 7131; Arrears $4,708.99; Assessed Value $188,700

The Municipal Government Act provides very structured guidelines and processes for dealing with tax rolls that become and remain in arrears. A summary of the process, rights, and responsibilities for the Recovery of Taxes Relating to Land is located in the Agenda.

b. Boards and Committee Review

At the March 27, 2018 Council meeting, Mayor John Stewart made the following Notice of Motion: “that Council directs Administration to review the Committees of Council including; terms of reference; committee composition; appropriate resource allocation; strategic alignment; and duplication.”

Appointing committees of council recognizes that, due to time and resource pressures, Council cannot handle the complex and heavy workload by itself, effectively bringing additional expertise and new perspectives to establishing and implementing policies. Such committees of council are common in the areas of planning, building design, heritage conservation, economic development, parks and recreation, the arts, museums, and libraries.

A formal review on Council Boards and Committees was competed and presented to Council.

I made the case that there was incomplete communications with the Beaumont Sports and Recreation Association and Beaumont Society for the Arts, therefore, a determination of whether or not a committee should be formed should not be made at this time. Administration was directed to re-connect with these 2 groups and one again present their findings and recommendation to council.

For the full breakdown, please refer to the Agenda…pages 39-49 of 115


a. Bylaw 904-18 - Elan Direct Control Redistricting - 2nd & 3rd Reading

A Public Hearing was held earlier in the evening. Administration supports this amendment as the proposed Direct Control District conforms to higher order plans including the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan, Municipal Development Plan, Elan Area Structure Plan, and the Elan Neighborhood Structure Plan. Administration has worked closely with the applicant to ensure that this district can accommodate a variety of uses such as parks and a school site, as well as single detached housing, duplexes, semi-detached residential, multi-attached residential, zero lot line product, and apartments while still maintaining a high-quality neighborhood and streetscape. Consequently, 2nd and 3rd reading were passed.

b. Bylaw 929-18 Beaumont Cannabis Consumption Bylaw - 2nd & 3rd Reading

As mandated by the Federal Government, the consumption of Cannabis will be legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Municipalities across Alberta have the opportunity to create a new or to modify existing bylaws to restrict or control the sale and consumption of Cannabis in their community.

On August 28th, 2018 by way of motion, Council directed Administration to draft a Bylaw prohibiting the consumption of Cannabis within Beaumont. At the September 11th, 2018 Regular Council Meeting, Council gave first reading to Bylaw No. 929-18.

This proposed Bylaw has received legal review and as presented, prohibits the consumption of non-medical Cannabis to that of a private residence within Beaumont.

Second and 3rd reading were passed, however, I requested that Administration bring back this By-Law in 1 year to review it as a matter of good governance.

(Pages 63-68 of 115)

c. Bylaw 923-18 Meeting Procedures Bylaw - 1st Reading

The Meeting Procedures ByLaw was updated and presented to council.  First reading passed.

(Pages 69-111 of 115)

PLEASE NOTE: These notes are NOT MEANT to replace the formal minutes created/posted by Administration. They are a simplified version, created by myself, to inform residents, at a "high level" (and, very quickly) of the information covered in the council meeting!

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