Council Meeting Highlights for July 25, 2016




Planning & Development Services

Bylaw 300.106 (Rezone R2 Lots to R4)
Council defeated second reading for Bylaw 300.106, to zone land described as Lots 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B, Block 2, Plan 772 1801 from General Residential (R2) to Medium Density Residential (R4).

Bylaw 400 (Land Use Bylaw)
Council held a Public Hearing to consider the adoption of Land Use Bylaw 400: Building Lacombe, which sets out the regulations for property development. Bylaw 400 will replace current Land Use Bylaw 300.
Subsequently, Council deferred second reading of Bylaw 400 after additional discussions are held on September 6, 2016.

Bylaw 228.2 (Subdivision & Development Authorities: MPC/CAO)
Council deferred second reading of Bylaw 228.2 pending discussion of Land Use Bylaw 400.

Bylaw 229.4 (Subdivision & Development Appeal Board)
Council deferred second reading of Bylaw 229.4 pending discussion of Land Use Bylaw 400.
Direct Control District (DC)
Subject to Section 641(4)(a) of the Municipal Government Act, Council approved the development proposed at 4559 46 Avenue, Lot 6 Plan 952 3562, zoned DC3 – Direct Control (Mixed Use) District, consisting of site developments and the construction of:
·        Building A, requiring a 1% variance to the maximum building height and allowing for the occupancy of offices and government use; and
·        Building B, requiring a rear yard variance of 70% and allowing for the occupancy of personal services (financial institution including drive through), drive through restaurant and office space.

This approval is in respect to works consisting of and as described on the Development Permit Application Form and plans submitted by the applicant, subject to the following conditions:

1.   This permit indicates that only the development to which it relates is authorized, with the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw and is in no way relieving or excusing the applicant from complying with the Land Use Bylaw or any other bylaw, orders and/or regulations affecting such development.

2.   This permit is valid for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of issue.  If, at the expiry of this period, the development has not been commenced with reasonable diligence, this permit shall be null and void.

3.   The exterior of the building, including paints, shall be completed within twelve (12) months from the date of issue of a building permit.

4.   The Development Officer may, in accordance with Section 645 of the Municipal Government Act, take such action as is necessary to ensure that the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw are complied with.

5.   Applicant is to obtain City of Lacombe building permits for each building prior to its construction.

6.   Applicant is to obtain electrical, plumbing and gas permits for the proposed construction.

7.   Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant shall submit a development deposit in the amount of $2,000.00 per building being applied for.

8.   Applicant to maintain a valid City of Lacombe Business License throughout the duration of business operation. Should the Business License lapse this permit shall be deemed null and void.

9.   Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant must provide a grading plan for review and approval by the City’s Engineering Department.

10. The builder must construct within 100mm of the design landscape elevation and illustrated drainage patterns unless otherwise approved by the Development Officer.

11. Curb stop must remain visible and be at proper elevation PRIOR to pouring concrete or completing landscape work.

12. If it is deemed that upgrades are required to the existing water and/or sewer service lines to accommodate the proposed development, the applicant will be required to apply for and complete any upgrades at their expense, to the satisfaction of the City of Lacombe.

13. Prior to Building Permit issuance, the Developer shall provide a Traffic Impact Assessment to the City for review and approval.  The Traffic Impact Assessment will need to address improvements that may be required to the existing road network to accommodate the proposed development, as well as the need for a second access to this parcel for emergency purposes. 

14. If the property requires more than 1.0 m of fill, the lot will require a bearing certificate.  Applicant must submit foundation soil bearing certification from a Geotechnical Engineer (stamped and signed) prior to a foundation inspection.  Such certificate shall reference footing design approved with the associated building permit. 

15. Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant shall submit a landscaping plan to the satisfaction of the development authority. 

16. All landscaping areas are to be protected by concrete curbs or other approved barriers having a minimum height of 140mm or separated from the street or parking area by a curbed concrete sidewalk.

17. Applicant to provide safe pedestrian crossings on site from 46 Avenue to Building A, and from Building A to Building B, to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.  Pedestrian walkways are to be finished with a material that will be noticeable and visible (ie. cobblestone, brick, raised concrete) with the use of on-site signage to identify the walkways.  The location of the pedestrian crossings and construction material to be used shall be included in the landscaping plan.

18. Prior to building permit issuance, landscaping deposits will be required in the form of cash or letter of credit in an amount equal to 100% of the estimated cost of the required landscaping as estimated by an appropriate trade professional, and not less than $2,000.  Security will be released once a site inspection demonstrates that the landscaping has been completed in accordance with the approved plan, has been well maintained, and is in healthy condition at the end of the second growing season.   The cost for fencing is to be included in the landscaping estimate.  Should Building B not be constructed prior to the expiration of this development permit, the area occupying Building B shall be landscaped with grass. 

19. Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant shall enter into a Development Agreement with the City of Lacombe, which shall address items standard to a development agreement, and may also include items considering upgrades required in order to provide services to adjacent properties, future construction of a second road access for emergency purposes, the requirement for a right-of-way from 46 Avenue to the southwest property boundary, and any other offsite municipal improvements required to serve this development.

20. Applicant to provide commercial garbage bins on site to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.  The garbage bins shall be placed in a screened enclosure that has no gates or roof structure.

21. Applicant is to consult with Public Works or a private waste management company to ensure a sufficient number of garbage containers, and garbage removal, is provided.

22. Applicant shall hard surface the parking spaces/loading space as shown on the approved plan.  All parking spaces shall have pavement markings. 

23. Prior to building permit issuance, hard surfacing deposits will be required in the form of cash or letter of credit in an amount equal to 50% of the estimated cost of the hard surfacing on the site as estimated by an appropriate trade professional, and not less than $2,000.  Security will be released once a site inspection demonstrates that the hard surfacing has been completed in accordance with the approved plan.  Parking curbs and pavement markings are to be included in the cost estimates.

24. Prior to Building Permit issuance, the applicant is to provide a Fire Plan, to the satisfaction of the City's Fire Chief.

25. Mechanical equipment (including roof top mechanical equipment) shall be screened from view from all sides, and shall be compatible with the surrounding character of the site, to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.

26. Applicant to display the assigned civic address at or near the front of the property so that it can be clearly read from the roadway.

27. A separate Development Permit application will be required for any signage (other than fascia signs) to be located on the property.

28. The decision of Council being mailed to adjacent landowners, a sign posted on site, and advertised in the local newspaper, and no appeal against the decision being successful.
Subject to Section 641(4)(a) of the Municipal Government Act, Council delegated any amendments and/or approvals to the Development Officer to review, consider and issue occupancy development permits for any businesses wishing to locate within the proposed buildings, or if required, approved by Council. Further, Council resolved to support – in principle – future vertical expansion of Building A.

Council & Legislative

Bylaw 425 (CAO Bylaw)
Council gave first and second readings to the CAO Bylaw 425, to rescind the existing CAO Bylaw 58 of January 2007 and establish a new CAO Bylaw 425 to assign appropriate responsibility and powers to the Chief Administrative Officer as the administrative head of the municipality.

Financial Services

Bylaw 427 (Borrowing- Wastewater Ammonia Reduction)
Council passed a resolution to amend Bylaw 427, the bylaw required to authorize the borrowing needed to move forward with the Ammonia Treatment Plan for the City of Lacombe’s Lagoons, after giving it second and third readings.  

Transportation Services

50th Avenue Design Development
Council accepted the pre-design report as information and directed Administration to meet with the downtown business community to gather feedback and comments prior to Council’s endorsement.

Environmental Services

Lagoon Desludging
Council passed a resolution to award the 2016 Lagoon Desludging project to Acti-zyme, at a total project cost of $256,760, and to allocate the remaining Federal Gas Tax amount of $360,500 for the 2016 Lagoon Covers project slated for later this year.

Recreation, Parks & Culture Services

Elizabeth Park Phase 10 Playground Contract Award
Council directed Administration to award the contract for general landscape construction at Elizabeth Park Phase 10 to Tar-ific Construction in the amount of $95,462.31 plus GST.
Council also authorized Administration to negotiate with the lowest bid contractor to expand scope of work to include a basketball court, backstop and benches. Overall costs are not to  exceed the approved 2016 budget allocation of $150,000.

Financial Services

2016 Capital and Operations Quarterly Reports (Q2)
Council passed a resolution to accept the second quarterly Capital and Operational reports as presented.

Reports
Council reports were received as information.

Council moved In Camera to discuss personnel, land and legal matters.

Council moved back into Public Meeting.

Motion Out of Camera

Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) Proposal
Council directed Administration to send a notice to the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture board indicating that Council is not pursuing the Western Major Baseball League franchise and academy opportunity at this time – and should resubmission be desired, that a business plan be submitted to the Recreation Parks and Culture Board for any future proposals.


*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on August 22, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on September 6, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on September 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.

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