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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

INTERMUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS

BETWEEN CAMROSE COUNTY AND

THE TOWN OF BASHAW AND THE VILLAGES OF

BAWLF, BITTERN LAKE, EDBERG, FERINTOSH, HAY LAKES AND ROSALIND

The Councils of Camrose County and its urban partners have recognized the need to cooperate in the planning of future land use and development around their shared municipal boundary.  The purpose of these Bylaws is to prepare Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDP) for an area of common interest or concern. IDPs are now a requirement of the Municipal Government Act.

Pursuant to Section 631(1) of the Municipal Government Act, the Councils give notice that they intend to adopt an Intermunicipal Development Plan with their neighbor and have given first reading to the Bylaw.

Camrose County will hold Public Hearings for all the IDPs on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the County Council Chambers, 3755 – 43rd Avenue, Camrose. Anyone affected by the IDP Bylaws may make written submissions before 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, to Paul King, County Administrator, 3755 – 43 Avenue, Camrose, AB T4V 3S8 or to pking@county.camrose.ab.ca.

Each urban partner will also hold a Public Hearing in their respective community. Anyone affected by the IDP may also make written submission to the appropriate municipality by the deadline listed below.

Copies of all the IDPs are available on the County website at www.county.camrose.ab.ca, the County Office, and each urban municipality’s office during regular office hours. If you have questions about the Bylaws contact the County Planning Department at 780-678-3070 or planning@county.camrose.ab.ca or contact your local municipal office.

 

Urban Partner

IDP Bylaw #

Public Hearing Time

 

Location

Submission Deadline

County Bylaw #

Town of Bashaw

782-2018

November 15, 6:00 p.m.

Council Chambers 5011-52 Avenue Bashaw, AB

November 8

1422

Village of Bawlf

636/18

November 21, 7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers 203 Hanson Street

Bawlf, AB

November 14

1424

Village of Bittern Lake

03/18

November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall

303 James Street

Bittern Lake, AB

November 8

1426

Village of Edberg

465-2018

November 21, 7:00 p.m.

Village Office

60 Main Street Edberg, AB

November 14

1428

Village of Ferintosh

611

November 7, 7:30 p.m.

Village Office

301 Main Street Ferintosh, AB

November 5

1430

Village of Hay Lakes

06-2018

November 19, 7:00 p.m.

Council Chambers 115 Main Street

Hay Lakes, AB

November 12

1432

Village of Rosalind

254-18

November 8, 7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers Main Street Rosalind, AB

November 5

1434

Effective April 1, 2018, producers will need to have an EFP completion letter dated within the last 10 years to be considered current and eligible for cost-share funding with the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change programs of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP). That means, for example, if you apply in September 1, 2018, your EFP will need to have been approved on or after September 1, 2008 to be considered for current funding.

I’m sure the first question you’ll ask after reading the title is “Why?”. There has been a movement to harmonize EFPs nationally to make EFPs more useful to sustainable sourcing programs, and Alberta is the only province without a renewal period; therefore, we are doing it to make EFPs useful to sustainable sourcing programs across Canada.

I’m sure the next question is “How often?”. The Alberta EFP program has a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (an industry advisory group) that set the renewal period at 10 years.  We are waiting to see if the renewal period becomes part of the harmonized national standard.  If it does, we anticipate we will need to move the renewal period to 5 years or less in the future.

What does this mean for producers?

  • If you want to apply for Growing Forward/CAP grants, you will need a current EFP.
  • If a sustainable sourcing program requires it (e.g. the potato sustainability initiative), you will need a current EFP
  • If your completion letter is older than 10 years, you will need to do a new workbook and action plan.
  • If you cannot find your completion letter, you will need to start and complete a new EFP to be considered current, regardless of the completion date; unless your EFP is online.
  • Technicians cannot give out completion letters without doing a full review of a new EFP (both workbook and action plan).

Producers should use the online workbook!  ~ Why?

  • The online workbook does many of the calculations for you and carries data forward to other parts of the online workbook where needed
  • Future renewals will be easier. The data are stored online on a secure virtual private server accessible only to ARECA staff entrusted to deliver the EFP Program.
    • When the next version change comes, your data will be migrated to the newest version, making updates easier and simpler.
  • If available, you should use your original binder as a reference for your EFP renewal.  Producers who have done this have told us putting the paper version online takes a few hours
  • If you cannot renew online, then you need to complete a new binder of the latest version.

How do I Renew?

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One of the main reasons for the ASB Conference is the resolutions process, which allows delegates to highlight agricultural issues in their jurisdictions and bring them to the attention of the government. Agricultural concerns brought to the Provincial ASB Conference must have been voted on and passed by local ASB boards, as well as at the regional ASB level. From there, the issues are presented at the Provincial ASB Conference, if it passed there will be sent to the provincial government for a response.

 

Delegates passed eight resolutions to be forwarded to the government for response:

  • Loss of 2% strychnine
  • Wildlife Predator Compensation Program Enhancement
  • Deadstock Removal
  • Carbon Credits for Permanent Pasture and Forested Lands
  • Multi-stakeholder Committee to Work at Reducing the Use of Freshwater by the Oil and Gas Industry in Alberta
  • STEP Program Agricultural Eligibility
  • Access to Agriculture-Specific Mental Health Resources
  • No Royalties on Farm Saved Seed

 

Preparations are currently underway for the 2020 Provincial ASB Conference, which will celebrate a landmark year next year for the Alberta Agricultural Service Boards!

 

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact:

 

Maureen Vadnais-Sloan

Executive Assistant

Provincial Agricultural Service Board Committee

asbprovcommittee@gmail.com

 

 

Although Farm Vehicles (Class 2) are exempt from the provisions of sections 10 and 22 of the NSC (National Safety Code for Motor Carriers) when carrying bales (IF they do not exceed the posted speed limit or 80 km/hr, whichever is less, and the vehicle is not operated onon any highway or portion of a highway except to cross the highway), they are NOT EXEMPT from Section 5(2) of the Cargo Securement Standard which states:

"The cargo securement system shall provide a downward force equal to at least 20% of the weight of an article of cargo if the article is not fully contained within the structure of the vehicle"

What this is saying is that you MUST secure each bale with strap, with a marked Working Load Limit (WWL) of at least 20% of weight or aggregate weight of each bale or stack of bales loaded on any vehicle.

For example, If you have a sinigle bale that weighs 500 kg you would need to secure that bale with a strap marked with a WWL of 100 kg. 

If you have one strap over two bales that weight 500 kg each, you would need a strap with a WWL of 200 kg. 

If you have a single strap over three bales that weigh 500 kg each, you would need a strap with a WWL of 300 kg.

The fines for an improperly secured load are up to $776.

 

DEADLINE FOR PAYMENT OF 2017 COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES IS JULY 31, 2017
A 2% PENALTY WILL THEN BE ADDED, TO ALL OUTSTANDING CURRENT TAXES
TAX PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE AT THE COUNTY OFFICE
3755 43 AVENUE, CAMROSE, ALBERTA T4V 3S8
UNTIL 4:30 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017,
OR
AFTER HOURS/WEEKENDS PAYMENTS (CHEQUES ONLY) CAN BE PLACED
IN MAILBOX AT COUNTY OFFICE FRONT DOOR
OR
RECEIVED POST-MARKED BY JULY 31, 2017
A FURTHER 10% PENALTY WILL BE ADDED NOVEMBER 1, 2017
 
Camrose County offers a Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan for taxes. Application forms and further information can be obtained by contacting our office at 780-672-4446 or from our County website:  www.county.camrose.ab.ca 
Payments can also be made online or at any financial institution. 
 
Paul King County Administrator

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Workplace Legislation for farms - Information Sheet

The Provincial Government has released two of the reports compiled during the Bill 6 consultation process:

Farm and Ranch Workplace Legislation: Labour Relations Technical Working Group

Farm and Ranch Workplace Legislation:  Employment Standards Technical Working Group

It is important for farmers to take the time and review these documents.  The Province is allowing feedback until April 3 through email, letters and their website:

Email:

 

 

FarmandRanch@gov.ab.ca

 

Letters:  

Farm and Ranch TWG recommendations feedback
c/o Workplace Policy and Legislation
Alberta Labour
7th Floor, 10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5K O5G

 

Website:   https://www.alberta.ca/farm-and-ranch-consultations.aspx

 

 Camrose County wants to hear from you!


During November and December, Council works with Administration to set the Budget for the coming year.  Your opinion is important as decisions are made about projects, services, and taxes.  Please take a few minutes to fill in our online survey.

Take our Budget Priority Survey!

 

 

 

Press Release – February 5, 2019

Many Camrose County residents have taken a keen interest in two development projects that were approved by Camrose County in December 2018, just southeast of Camrose, near the Cargill Canola Crush Plant. Both applications were appealed and on January 16, 2019 a Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) held two hearings.  The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board consists of five members of the public at large appointed by Council from community volunteers.  SDAB members are trained through a Provincial training program and hear appeals of development decisions.

The first permit was issued by Camrose County to Krahn Engineering/Luft Botanicals for a one-story pre-engineered cannabis production facility.  The site is Plan 1424213, Block 1, Lot 4 and is located north east of the Cargill Crush Plant.  The land is zoned General Agriculture and intensive agriculture uses (greenhouses) are permitted by the Camrose County Land Use Bylaw.  The permit was appealed by the City of Camrose under the argument that the cannabis production facilities do not meet the definition of Intensive Agricultural Operations. 

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) upheld the permit because they found the majority of the facility is dedicated to the production of crops and the proposed use falls within the definition of Intensive Agricultural Operations as outlined in the Land Use Bylaw.   The Board found that cannabis is a crop based upon the evidence that both the 2018 Federal AgriStability Program and the 2018 AgriInvest Program list cannabis as an agricultural commodity.

Some concerns were raised by the public through the appeal process regarding the cannabis production facility.  Cannabis production facilities are separate from retail facilities and are subject to strict Health Canada regulations.  The building must be equipped with a system that filters air to prevent the escape of odours.  Health Canada monitors very strict security protocols and every gram of cannabis must be accounted for at every stage of the process.  The site must be designed in a manner that prevents unauthorized access.  Cannabis production facilities are taxed as agricultural use.  If you are interested in finding out more please see the following Health Canada website:  https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations/compliance-enforcement-policy-cannabis-act/policy.html

The second permit was issued by Camrose County to Cargill for a fertilizer storage, blending and sales facility, just north of the existing Crush Plant on land owned by Cargill.  The land is zoned General Agricultural and fertilizer storage, blending and sales is listed in the County Land Use Bylaw as a discretionary use.  The permit was approved by the Municipal Planning Commission and was given conditions to mitigate any incompatibility. It was also circulated to adjacent land owners for consideration.  The County Municipal Planning Commission approved the development because they felt it is in an ideal location as it is located next to an internal roadway, it is directly adjacent to existing railway operations and is directly north of the Cargill Canola Crush Plant.    The permit was appealed by the City of Camrose as well as a neighboring land owner.

The SDAB denied the appeals and issued a development permit for the facility and included conditions in addition to those imposed by the County.  The additional conditions address concerns raised by the appellants and include fencing the area and building a berm on the east side of the property to minimize noise impact to the residences to the east of the facility.  As a condition of the development permit developer will contribute to the City of Camrose for off-site utility servicing.

Camrose County is pleased to see investment in our County by these developers.  The additional investment of $34 million dollars will bring approximately 80 new jobs and additional tax revenue to the community.  These developments are occurring in an area that has been identified for value-added agriculture development and in a time of a struggling economy, the increased activity will be positive for local construction companies, part and supply businesses, and have many other positive effects for the region and the City of Camrose.  In addition, the fertilizer plant will be strategically located to backfill trucks coming from farms loaded with canola and as such should decrease truck traffic and save local farmers money. 

These are developments that are consistent with the agricultural backbone of the County and will benefit farmers in the area.  However, these benefits are not limited to the agricultural industry, and the economic spin off will be positive for the entire area.  Camrose County welcomes value-added agricultural development and is open for business!

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