Municipal Development Plan Public Hearing – November 19, 2019

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

VILLAGE OF CARMANGAY IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA 

BYLAW NO. 791 VILLAGE OF CARMANGAY  MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

 To be held at 6:30 p.m., November 19, 2019

Village of Carmangay Public Library

 What?

PURSUANT to sections 230, 606 and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter M-26, as amended, the Council of the Village of Carmangay in the Province of Alberta hereby gives notice of its intention to adopt Bylaw No. 791, being a Municipal Development Plan.

Why?

THE PURPOSE of proposed Bylaw No. 791 is to adopt a new Municipal Development Plan which provides a comprehensive, long-range land use and community plan for the Village of Carmangay pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Government Act and to address the applicable strategies as outlined in the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan,

When?

TAKE NOTICE THAT a public hearing to consider the proposed Bylaw No. 791 will be held in the Village of Carmangay Library at 6:30 p.m. on November 19, 2019.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT both written and verbal presentations may be made to council at the public hearing.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT a copy of the proposed plan and bylaw may be inspected at the Village of Carmangay office during normal business hours

 

Alberta Municipal Affairs describes a Municipal Development Plan in the following manner.

DESCRIPTION

Provincial legislation requires all municipalities to adopt a municipal development plan (MDP). An MDP is a long range, statutory document that is required to be adopted by bylaw by every municipality, no matter how large or small the population. The municipal development plan communicates the long term desired land use for a community and serves a high-level blueprint showing how a community is expected to change over time and the shape it will take in the future. This guidebook has been written for municipalities who will be preparing their first municipal development plan. It is meant to aid the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the municipal council in ensuring that the municipality meets the obligations of provincial legislation and creates a plan that benefits the community.

The Municipal Development Plan can be reviewed at the Village office or here.

 

Municipal Accountability Program Report

Municipal Affairs has initiated a program that will be exercised in all small municipalities to review the work of administration.  The Municipal Accountability Program (MAP) reviews bylaws, policies and procedures of administration to ensure they are in compliance with legislative requirements.

The MAP review was completed for the Village of Carmangay in late June.  The report indicated that “Overall the review findings are positive.”  The report did identify that there were some legislative gaps that needed to be addressed.  Village administration has prepared a response letter that identifies the response action and timeline to remediate each item.  Many of the items detail areas of non-compliance that have existed for many years.  Administration is positive about the opportunity to bring these areas into compliance.

Details of the Program

Municipal Accountability Program Report

Village of Carmangay Response Letter

 

Work Crews Begin Water Infrastructure Upgrade

Public Notice
Please be aware that crews will be working on Whitney Street from the intersection of Prairie Avenue east as well as Stephen Avenue between Whitney Street and Armstrong Street. The work is to upgrade and put in new water infrastructure as well as replace the sanitary infrastructure. The work will continue for the coming weeks and progress updates will be provided. This is the first of a number of phases to bring the water flow issue back to an acceptable level.

Water Infrastructure Work Begins

Public Notice
Much planning has been done to address the water volume and sanitary line issues in the Village. Now that spring is almost here, the multiyear work of upgrading the water infrastructure will begin. The first step will be to remove some of the trees that have been growing roots into the sanitary lines as well as a few that are a danger of limbs breaking and causing damage. At a future date the removed trees are intended to be replaced with species that will not cause issues with the infrastructure.
The work will begin the week of April 1, 2019. Please be aware of the crews that will be completing this work primarily on Whitney Street between Prairie Avenue and Stephen Avenue

2018 Survey Results

The 2018 Survey results are in!

Summary

Most citizens chose to live in Carmangay for the quiet, small town feeling. Residents enjoy the natural beauty of the Village. They value the connection with other residents as being friendly, but are concerned that this friendliness has started to disappear. They want this connection restored in the Village as well as how they interact with Council. Citizens want Council to be more approachable and value a conversation with Councilors over other means of communication.

Carmangay residents enjoy the charm and character of the Village that is reflected in well maintained properties. Citizens would like to see a more active bylaw enforcement to ensure that properties remain well maintained. They would like to see the infrastructure addressed and brought to a level that meets their needs now and in the future. Citizens are happy with services like garbage collection, recycling and the rescue services.

Residents value their library the most and recognize its contribution to the community. Youth are encouraged to connect in the community with a space that allows them to ‘hang out’ or engage in other ways. The library continues to connect people with each other including younger age groups to meet these needs.

Most of all Carmangay would like to see a revitalization of the commercial sector and local amenities like a convenience store which had the highest level of support in the entire survey. Other amenities like a gas station and restaurant were important as well and underlined the importance that survey respondents placed on increasing all commercial activity. Citizens were in favour of most development except Multi-Unit Residential and favoured most commercial and industrial followed by residential.

Thirty five of the 45 respondents would like to see Carmangay grow slowly to moderately and 7 to grow faster. Citizens see more business and industry as critical to Carmangay’s future sustainability with 34 in agreement and 5 opposed. All but 1 person would actively promote economic development and 34 would offer incentives versus 4 that would not. Citizens are willing to provide tax incentives and even reduced property prices to encourage economic development. Advertising and promotion are key parts of increasing economic development.

The document can be found at:

http://villageofcarmangay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Village-of-Carmangay-2018-Survey-Results.pdf

 

Notice of Public Hearing Oct 16, 2018

Council will be holding a public hearing on October 16, 2018 at the Regular Meeting of Council at 6:00pm.  This is an opportunity for those wishing to speak in favour or opposed to sections of the Draft Community Standards Bylaw.  The bylaw is available by clicking here or in the documents section of this website.

This draft bylaw is intended to merely replace old bylaws that deal with unsightly properties, traffic and noise issues and update a few sections.  Having all of these in one document will make it easier for people to access the information regarding bylaw issues.

It is important to also note that the process for bylaw enforcement is intended to begin with a conversation with the affected person or property owner.  Almost all of the bylaw complaints can and are handled with this first and rarely go past this.

Petition Response

On July 11, 2018 Council approved a citizen plebiscite to vote on the future of the wind turbine blade.  The plebiscite was subsequently held on August 22, 2018 and Council will adhere to the vote of 39 Yes and 8 No to move the blade to the location that the Ad Hoc Committee on the blade had indicated.  Plebiscites can only be held by a motion of Council and are not binding , although Council is abiding by the vote that was held.

After the announcement of the plebiscite, Council received a petition on July 13, 2018 asking for a plebiscite to be held.  The plebiscite had already been called by Council which is the only way the Municipal Government Act will allow for one.  The petition although sufficient in number of people signing asked for something that is only allowed thought a Council motion and had already been put in place.  As is required by the Municipal Government Act, Council was advised by letter regarding the sufficiency of the petition.  The letter can be read at:

Petition Sufficiency Letter

 

Carmangary Votes to Keep and Move the Blade

August 23, 2018

Thank you to the 47 citizens that cast a ballot regarding the Wind Turbine Blade.

The plebiscite question posed was:

Do you support the Wind Turbine Blade being moved to the Village owned property on Pacific Ave near the end of Elmore Street as per the recommendation of the Ad Hoc committee on the Blade?

The results were:

39  YES

8  NO

Council respects the results of the plebiscite and will work to complete a budget and plan to move the blade to the new location in a cost effective and safe manner.

World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17th!!!

Join the Village of Carmangay in the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  We’ll start early, 9-11 am at the Library with kids games and crafts. About 10:30 am, we start to muster in front of the Village office.  At precisely 11 am SHARP, the parade begins.  Don’t be late, or you’ll miss it!  It goes across the street to the Grange Hotel, where there is one free Irish Coffee, green beer and live music.  Irish Stew and games will be available at the Senior Citizen’s Center.  Hot dogs and burgers and a pop up market will take place at the Fire Hall.  Put on your green and come to Carmangay!  It promises to be a great day!!