M  I  N  U  T  E  S 

 

of the Red Deer City Council Regular Meeting

held on, Tuesday, September 05, 2017

commenced at 2:34 P.M.

 

PRESENT:    Mayor Tara Veer

                        Councillor Buck Buchanan

                        Councillor Tanya Handley

                        Councillor Paul Harris

                        Councillor Ken Johnston                   

Councillor Lawrence Lee

Councillor Lynne Mulder      

                        Councillor Frank Wong

                        Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

                       

                        City Manager, Craig Curtis    

                        Director of Communications & Strategic Planning, Julia Harvie-Shemko

                        Acting Director of Community Services, Shelley Gagnon

                        Director of Corporate Services, Lisa Perkins

                        Director of Development Services, Kelly Kloss

                        Director of Human Resources, Kristy Svoboda

                        Director of Planning Services, Tara Lodewyk

                        Director of Protective Services, Paul Goranson                                                       

                        City Clerk, Frieda McDougall

                        Deputy City Clerk, Samantha Rodwell

                        Council Meeting Support, Kaitlin Bishop

                        Senior Planner, Orlando Toews

                        Chief Financial Officer, Dean Krejci

                       


 

1.

IN CAMERA

 

1.1.

Motion to In Camera - Legal Matter (FOIP 23(1)(a))

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Frank Wong

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to enter into an In-Camera meeting of Council on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at  2:32 p.m. and hereby agrees to exclude the following:

 

•           All members of the media; and

•           All members of the public.

 

to discuss a Legal Matter as protected under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, Section 23(1)(a).

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

1.2.

Motion to Revert to Open Meeting

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to enter into an open meeting of Council on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:31 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

2.

MINUTES

 

2.1.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the August 21, 2017 Council Meeting.

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby approves the Minutes of the August 21, 2017 Council Meeting as transcribed.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

2.2.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the August 22, 2017 Mid-Year Budget Meeting.

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby approves the Minutes of the August 22, 2017 Mid-Year Budget Meeting as transcribed.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

3.

ADDITIONAL AGENDA

 

3.1.

Asooahum Crossing Update

 

Council accepted this report as information.

 

4.

REPORTS

 

4.1.

Approval of Council Meeting Dates for 2018

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Legislative Services dated August 15, 2017 re: Approval of Council Meeting Dates for 2018 hereby approves the Council meeting dates for 2018 as follows:

 

Council Meeting Dates

 

Monday           January 8, 2018           Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Tuesday           January 9, 2018           Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Wednesday     January 10, 2018         Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Thursday         January 11, 2018         Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Friday              January 12, 2018          Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Monday           January 15, 2018         Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday           January 16, 2018         Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Wednesday     January 17, 2018         Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Thursday         January 18, 2018         Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Friday              January 19, 2018          Operating Budget Meeting     1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Monday           January 22, 2018         Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           February 5, 2018         Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Tuesday           February 20, 2018       Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           March 5, 2018            Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           March 19, 2018           Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Tuesday          April 3, 2018              Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           April 16, 2018             Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           April 30, 2018            Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           May 14, 2018             Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           May 28, 2018             Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           June 11, 2018             Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           June 25, 2018             Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           July 9, 2018                Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           July 23, 2018              Regular Council Meeting         2:30 P.M.

Monday           August 20, 2018          Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Tuesday           August 21, 2018          Mid-Year Budget Review       9:00 A.M.

Tuesday           September 4, 2018      Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           September 17, 2018    Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           October 1, 2018         Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           October 15, 2018       Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           October 29, 2018       Organizational Meeting &

                                                      Regular Council Meeting  2:30 P.M.

Tuesday           November 13, 2018   Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           November 26, 2018   Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

Monday           December 10, 2018    Regular Council Meeting        2:30 P.M.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

4.2.

HAVOC Fighting Event

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer, having considered the report from Legislative Services, dated August 18, 2017 re: Request Regarding Combative Sport Event – December 8, 2017 hereby provides no objection to the Central Combative Sports Commission oversight of the HAVOC FC Fighting Championships event in the city of Red Deer on December 8, 2017.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

4.3.

2016 Operating Budget Variance Report

 

Council accepted this report as information with the corrections as noted and as updated in the agenda.

 

4.4.

2015 Capital Budget Information Report

 

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Lawrence Lee

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Financial Services dated August 14, 2017 re: 2015 Capital Budget Information Report hereby approves the over expenditures as outlined in Table 6 – Overspent Projects.

 

Table 6 – OVERSPENT PROJECTS

Department

Projects

Budget Approved

Actual Expenditures

Overspent

Funding Sources

ELP

2011 Private Residential Subdivision

$710,700

$868,462

$157,762

Customer contributions

ELP

2011 U/G & O/H Commercial & Industrial Services

650,000

707,110

57,110

Customer contributions

ELP

2012 Private Subdivision

1,138,000

1,634,951

496,951

Customer contributions

ELP

2012 CONVERT 4K TO 25KV-SUBDIV 2

1,405,166

2,427,381

1,022,215

Customer contributions

 

ELP

2015 DIGITAL METER UPGR

 

 

138,863

138,863

Operating

ENV

2013 DA 6020 67 ST

 

26,564

26,564

Customer contributions

RPC

2012 SPRAY PARK DEVELOPMENT

1,211,000

1,221,700

10,700

Operating

ENV

Note: see Table 7 for transfer details

2014 SERVICE APPS (PARENT)

 

828,385

828,385

Customer contributions & from other capital jobs

ENV

Note: see Table 8 for transfer details

2012 WW 55 ST 48 AV TO 49A

577,000

9,286,208

8,709,208

Transfers from other ENV jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$5,691,866

$17,830,162

$12,138,296

 

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Financial Services dated August 14, 2017 re: 2015 Capital Budget Information Report hereby approves the transfer of funds to the 2014 Service Apps project as outlined in Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Financial Services dated August 14, 2017 re: 2015 Capital Budget Information Report hereby approves the transfer of funds to the 2014 Service Apps project as outlined in Table 7 – 2014 Apps.

 

Table 7 – 2014 SERVICE APPS (Job 80704)

Job#

Project

Amount

80699

2014 STORM INFRASTRUCTURE PRGM

$157,500

80702

2014 WW INFRASTR (PARENT)

 

157,500

80700

2014 WATER INFRASTR (PARENT)

157,500

Total

 

$472,500

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Financial Services dated August 14, 2017 re: 2015 Capital Budget Information Report hereby approves the transfer of funds to the 55 St – 48 Ave to 49A Ave project as outlined in Table 8 – 55 St – 48 Ave to 49A Ave.

 

 Table 8 – 55 ST – 48 AVE to 49A AVE (Job 80593)

Job#

Project

Amount

80555

2012 WW MAIN PRGM (PARENT)

$615

80641

2013 WW INFRASTR (PARENT)

 

1,899,385

80257

2009 WW MAIN PROGRAM (PARENT)

59,989

80333

2010 WATER MAIN PRGM (PARENT)

66,525

80340

2010 WW MAIN PRGM (PARENT)

138,135

80240

2009 WATER MAIN PRGRM (PARENT)

444,577

80632

2013 STORM INFRASTRUCTURE PRGM

466,731

80554

2012 WATER INFRASTR (PARENT)

1,001,719

80444

2011 WATER MAIN PRGM (PARENT)

1,707,923

80654

2013 WW MAIN RIVERSIDE DR

2,157,527

80700

2014 WATER INFRASTR (PARENT)

638,159

80788

2015 STORM INFRASTRUCTURE

142,612

80786

2015 WW INFRAS (PARENT)

(189,771)

80781

2015 WATER INFRA (PARENT)

175,081

Total

 

$8,709,208

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

4.5.

2016 Capital Budget Information Report

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Financial Services dated August 14, 2017 re: 2016 Capital Budget Information Report hereby approves the over expenditures as outlined in Table 5.

 

Table 5 – OVERSPENT PROJECTS

Department

Projects

Budget Approved

Actual Expenditures

Overspent

Funding Sources

ELP

CS 2012 - COMMERCIAL CUST

$750,000

$1,240,147

$490,147

Customer Contributions

ELP

CS-RESID CUST 2013

$105,000

$394,772

$289,772

Customer Contributions

ELP

CS-COMMERCL CUST 2013

$787,000

$948,910

$161,910

Customer Contributions

ELP

CS-RESIDENTIAL CUST 2014

$105,000

$498,775

$393,775

Customer Contributions

ELP

CS-2015-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

$97,195

$305,966

$208,771

Customer Contributions

ELP

CS-2015-COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

$1,040,000

$1,413,400

$373,400

Customer Contributions

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

4.6.

2016 Reserve Report

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Financial Services dated August 14, 2017 re: 2016 Reserve Report to Council hereby approves a transfer, effective January 1, 2017, of the growth related component of the Fleet Reserve in the amount of $5,640,090 to the following reserves and in the following amounts:

-           Capital Projects Reserve        $3,321,894

-           EL&P Capital Reserve             $2,164,735

-           Water Capital Reserve           $56,490

-           Wastewater Capital Reserve $96,971

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

5.

BYLAWS

 

5.1.

Dynamic Sign Site Exceptions

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Frank Wong

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to lift from the table consideration of Dynamic Sign Exceptions Bylaws 3357/E-2017, 3357/F-2017, 3357/G-2017 and 3357/H-2017.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO LIFT FROM THE TABLE CARRIED

 

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Legislative Services dated August 23, 2017 re: Dynamic Sign Exceptions Bylaws 3357/E-2017, 3357/F-2017, 3357/G-2017 and 3357/H-2017 Request to Table hereby agrees to table consideration of Land Use Bylaw Amendments 3357/E-2017, 3357/F-2017, 3357/G-2017 and 3357/H-2017 until up to December 31, 2017 to allow Administration time to complete Land Use regulations in regards to signage.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO TABLE CARRIED

 

5.2.

Proposed Disposal and Redesignation of Municipal Reserve

Bylaw 3357/BB-2017 and Council Resolution

 

Mayor Tara Veer declared a conflict of interest as the applicant contacted her on this matter outside of Council’s formal process.  Mayor Tara Veer left chambers at 4:14 p.m. and Councillor Lawrence Lee assumed the chair.

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Department dated August 23, 2017 re: Proposed Disposition and Redesignation of Municipal Reserve Bylaw 3357/BB-2017 and Council Resolution hereby agrees that the following resolution be considered at the Council Meeting of Monday, October 2, 2017:

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the  Planning Department dated August 23, 2017 re: Proposed Disposition and Redesignation of Municipal Reserve Bylaw 3357/BB-2017 and Council Resolution hereby agrees to the Disposal of Municipal Reserve lands described as:

“a +968m2 Part of Lot 58MR, Block 5, Plan 812 3053”

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

ABSENT:                  Mayor Tara Veer

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

FIRST READING:  That Bylaw 3357/BB-2017 (a Land Use Bylaw Amendment for the disposition and rezoning of a +968 m2 portion of a municipal reserve (MR) parcel at 2099-50 Avenue (Part of Lot 58MR, Block 5, Plan 812 3053), from P1 – Parks and Recreation District to C4 – Commercial (Major Arterial) District) be read a first time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

ABSENT:                  Mayor Tara Veer

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Councillor Lawrence Lee left the Chair at 4:23 p.m. and Mayor Tara Veer assumed the Chair at 4:24 p.m.

 

5.3.

Proposed Amendment of Municipal Development Plan - Bylaw 3404/A-2017

North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan - Bylaw 3554/B-2017

Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Bylaw 3357/Z-2017

 

Councillor Paul Harris left Council Chambers at 4:25 p.m. and returned at 4:27 p.m.

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

FIRST READING:       That Bylaw 3357/Z-2017 (a Land Use Bylaw Amendment to redesignate a +2.43 hectare portion of the SE ¼ Sec 3; 39-27-W4 from I1-Industrial (Business Service) District to R1E – Residential Estate District) be read a first time.

 

Councillor Lynne Mulder left Council Chambers at 4:28 p.m. and returned at 4:29 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Tanya Handley,  Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Frank Wong

 

OPPOSED:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION DEFEATED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

FIRST READING:       That Bylaw 3554/B-2017 (an amendment to the North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan to identify a +2.43 hectare portion of the SE ¼ Sec 3; 39-27-W4 for residential use) be read a first time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Ken Johnston

 

OPPOSED:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION DEFEATED

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

FIRST READING:       That Bylaw 3404/A-2017 (an amendment to the Municipal Development Plan to identify a +2.43 hectare portion of the SE ¼ Sec 3; 39-27-W4 for residential use) be read a first time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Ken Johnston

 

OPPOSED:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION DEFEATED

 

6.

NOTICES OF MOTION

 

6.1.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Buck Buchanan
Re: Response to Property Offences

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Whereas a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, known as the Jordan decision, places new limits on how long accused people must wait for their matters to go to trial; and

 

Whereas Court of Queen's Bench case trials must now be concluded within 30 months, and provincial court matters within 18 months, with an extension to 30 months if the case includes a preliminary inquiry; and

 

Whereas since October 2016, Alberta lawyers have filed 67 Jordan applications. Of those, 14 applications are pending, 18 have been dismissed and six have been granted; the remaining applications were abandoned by the defense (14), stayed by the Crown (6), or resolved (9); one application has been appealed by the Crown; and

 

Whereas Alberta Justice and Solicitor General has adopted a Prosecution Service Practice Protocol which is designed to provide a standardized method for prosecutors to assess and review files to determine which files can proceed where resources are not adequate to prosecute all otherwise viable charges; it is designed to ensure a principled and proportionate approach to criminal cases; and

 

Whereas crimes against property are the fastest growing category of crime but will fall in priority to more serious and violent crimes, in accordance with the above-noted protocol, and will result in less prosecutions and more property crimes being dismissed resulting in there being no actual deterrent against property crimes; and

 

Whereas there are currently specific court remedies to respond to specific offenses such as Traffic Courts, Disclosure & Early Resolution Courts, Domestic Violence Courts, etc. and this may be an option for dealing with property crimes;

 

Therefore be it resolved that The City of Red Deer advocate to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and K Division to engage with other policing stakeholders to explore alternate solutions to property crimes, such as dedicated courts, so that enforcement is not impeded by systems and processes that apply priority based on the type of crime; and

 

Further be it Resolved that The City of Red Deer request that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities accept this as an advocacy priority on behalf of municipalities across the country.

 

References:

  https://www.justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/criminal_pros/Pages/Triage.aspx

 

 

Councillor Handley left Council Chambers at 5:15pm and returned at 5:17 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

6.2.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Paul Harris
Re: Vacant and Derelict Properties

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Whereas the Municipal Government Act states that one of the purposes of a municipality is “to develop and maintain safe and viable communities” (s.3(c)) and a Councillor has a duty “to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare and interests of the municipality” (s.153(a)); and

 

Whereas vacant and derelict properties have negative influences on neighbourhoods as they become rundown, create health hazards, attract crime and trespassers and decrease the viability of the neighbourhood development and redevelopment ; and

 

Whereas, the field of criminology links derelict properties and incivility within a community to subsequent serious crime; and

 

Whereas, Red Deer City Council is actively exploring ways to decrease crime in the downtown; and

 

Whereas vacant and derelict properties have both a the short term and long term financial implications which not only affect neighbourhood development but also  the city’s operating budget, tax rate, and civic financial sustainability; and

 

Whereas the neighbours, the community and The City have few mechanisms to deal with vacant and derelict properties effectively, as the Municipal Government Act (MGA) only allows for such properties to be boarded but does not enable demolition until the structure becomes a safety issue; and

 

Whereas having appropriate methods to handle vacant and derelict properties will improve economic development by attracting residents, business and developers; and

 

Whereas a property that is vacant or derelict is not the highest or best use of the property;

 

Therefore be it Resolved that administration be directed to explore all options, including changes to our community standards bylaw and enforcement practices, that will allow The City to use mechanisms such as condemning, expropriating or removing vacant and derelict properties; and

 

Further be it resolved that Council request the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Economic Development to revise legislation such as the Municipal Government Act to enable municipalities to deal with vacant and derelict properties.

 

 

References

 

1.City of Toronto (2015) Staff Report Action Required: Resolving Vacant-Derelict Properties – Framework and Consultation Plan

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

6.3.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Paul Harris
Re: Reconsideration of Second Reading of Bylaw 3357/U-2017 a Land Use Bylaw Amendment for a site exception at 5334-54 Ave in the Woodlea Neighbourhood

 

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes abstained from voting on this item as she was not part of the Public Hearing process and left Council Chambers at 5:42 p.m.

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Whereas on June 26, 2017 Council of The City of Red Deer, held a public hearing for Bylaw 3357/U-2017 (an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw for a site exception for 5334 – 43 Avenue in the Woodlea Neighbourhood); and

 

Whereas during the Public Hearing Council was presented with additional submissions made by interested parties; and

 

Whereas much of the material presented was irrelevant to planning principles and the application for Council’s consideration, and

 

Whereas Council takes its governance role, as outlined in the Municipal Governance Act, very seriously, and may have given some material presented inappropriate consideration; and

 

Whereas Council did not have enough time to fully review and consider the new information presented, or its relevance; and

 

Whereas subsequent to the Public Hearing Council defeated second reading of Bylaw 3357/U-2017;

 

Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer consider the preceding as extenuating circumstances that justify the reconsideration of the June 26, 2017 decision to defeat second reading of Bylaw 3357/U-2017 and require the scheduling and re-advertising of a new Public Hearing to be held in this regard.

 

The following tabling motion was then introduced.

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to table consideration of the Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Paul Harris re: Reconsideration of Second Reading of Bylaw 3357/U-2017 a Land Use Bylaw Amendment for a site exception at 5334-43 Avenue in the Woodlea Neighbourhood until November 14, 2017 Council Meeting to allow administration further time to explore broader governance issues related to public hearings.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong

 

ABSENT:                  Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

MOTION TO TABLE CARRIED

 

7.

ADJOURNMENT

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to adjourn the Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Regular Council Meeting of Red Deer City Council at 5:44 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong

 

ABSENT:                  Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Mayor Tara Veer”

 

“Frieda McDougall”

MAYOR

 

CITY CLERK