Council Meeting: July 6, 2015

Council Meeting: July 6, 2015

Summer in St. Albert is in full swing! A big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers who were part of the Canada Day festivities. This weekend brings the inaugural SevenMusicFest to Seven Hills. I am very much looking forward to listening to some talented artists and enjoying what is hopefully the start of an annual event in St. Albert. 

On Monday, Bob Russell will be sworn in to St. Albert City Council. Following the swearing in ceremony, we will be tackling the following agenda items:

Citizens Committee to Assess Traffic Flows and Traffic Calming Measures in Erin Ridge Neighbourhood: The report addresses actions taken to address the intent of a 2013 motion to convene a proposed citizens’ committee of Erin Ridge residents to assess traffic issues and solutions in light of the earlier Phase 2 closure of Coal Mine Road between Everitt Drive and Ebony Way. The report also addresses why such a citizens’ committee was not formed, as it would contravene the regulations of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Youth Development PolicyCouncil approved the Social Master Plan in April of 2013 and the Social Development Policy in September of 2014. The proposed Youth Development Policy is intended to augment those policies and provide Governance direction with respect to youth services and investments.

Youth Action Strategy – The HubThe purpose of this report is to seek Council’s approval on $125,000 of funding to support the implementation of The Hub as part of the approved Youth Strategic Plan. The Hub would be a place for youth to get timely information, support and access to resources.

Akinsdale/Kinex Project Budget AdjustmentThat the budget for the Akinsdale & Kinex Arenas Renovation Project be amended to include a contribution of $255,000 from the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association and revised total project cost of $355,000. There is no increase to the City’s contribution, the overall scope of the project simply needs to be amended to allow for the project to move forward.

Council Motion 370-2014: Amendment to Council Policy C-CG-02, Council’s Strategic Outcomes, Goals & Priorities – Democracy Tools: On July 14, 2014, Councillor MacKay provided the following notice of motion: “That Council amend Policy C-CG-02 to include a priority that the City work towards experimenting and implementing direct democracy tools that facilitate residents to be able to vote and make decisions.”

Arden Theatre Cinema ScreeningThe installation of a cinema style projection screen and projector capable of supporting cinema quality screenings at the Arden Theatre provides an opportunity to enhance and expand our entertainment offerings to the community and was approved as part of the 2015 Capital budget. The purpose of this report is to obtain approval to increase the Arden Theatre Cinema Screening capital project budget from $42,500 to $49,000 as the tender resulted in higher project cost than anticipated primarily as the result of unfavourable US exchange rates.

Public Hearing (5PM):  Bylaw 23/2015 – Land Use Bylaw Amendment to Schedule F – Building Heights for Grandin Mall RedevelopmentAfter re-opening the Public Hearing, the third reading of the bylaw to bring consistency to the DARP, Land Use Bylaw and DCMU zoning will be in front of us. Here are my notes from when this item had its first two readings:

“The purpose of the report is to amend the allowable building height in Schedule F of the Land Use Bylaw to be consistent with the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP). There is some inconsistency between our Land Use Bylaw (LUB), DARP and Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) districting. Schedule F of the Land Use Bylaw (Grandin Building Heights) suggests a maximum building height of 4-stories in the Southwest corner of the Grandin Mall Redevelopment, DARP suggests a maximum height of 5-stories (20m) and the DCMU districting allows for 20m as well. The proposed bylaw would bring the LUB in line with the other two documents. Amacon has plans for two 5-storey apartments as the first phase of their Grandin Mall redevelopment.”

For additional context, here is a 3D model of what Amacon is proposing in Phase 1 of their plan. You can see the existing office tower, bank and the two new proposed apartment complexes.


Council Motions

Hiring PolicyCouncillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That C-CG-08, Council Members’ Code of Conduct, and all relevant city policies, procedures and Human Resources’ documents are amended to state that City Councillors and the Mayor are ineligible to apply or be considered for any position with the City of St. Albert while they hold their elected position and for one year after leaving office.”

This will be our second last meeting before taking a few weeks off for the summer. Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of the issues on the agenda. Thanks!

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