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Sign up by noon, April 13.  Fees reduced if 10 or more participants sign up


Palliative Care in the Bow Valley Corridor – Community Conversations

Enhancing palliative and end-of-life supports in the Bow Valley Corridor.

HAVE YOUR SAY

This is your opportunity to inform and participate in the future of community based palliative care in the Bow Valley Corridor. We invite ALL residents* of the Bow Valley Corridor to join one or more of the following conversations:

  • Canmore  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
    Elevation Place700 Railway Avenue, Canmore
  • Cochrane  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
    Homestead Building, 209 2 Avenue West, Cochrane
  • Banff  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    YWCA Banff Hotel, 102 Spray Avenue, Banff

*The Bow Valley Corridor is located on Treaty 7 Territory and we enthusiastically welcome members of Indigenous communities.

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Implementation of Road Bans Extended

Due to cold and frigid temperatures now and forecasted to remain for the next 7-10 days;  implementation of Road Bans has been extended until further notice.

Please check our Road Bans page for more information and updates


Land Use Bylaw Review and Update – Open House Boards – March 10, 2017

Open House presentation boards for the Issue Identification sessions can be found here: Open House Boards -PDF

We want to hear from you!  If you are unable to attend any of the consultations, please submit your feedback through the online survey here: Issue Identification Survey 

MD residents who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win prizes!

For more information about the Land Use Bylaw update, please contact:

Darlene Paranaque, MSc, RPP, MCIP
Project Manager (Development Planner)
403-673-3611 ext 226
darlene.paranaque@mdbighorn.ca

To join the electronic mailing list, please email katy.stewart@mdbighorn.ca.

Open House Boards, 2017

 


February 9, 2017 – Land Use Bylaw Review and Update – Round 1 Consultation Dates 

Below is the Notice for the first round of public consultation sessions for the MD of Bighorns Land Use Bylaw Update.  Please review the notice to determine which consultation to attend.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Darlene Paranaque, Project Manager (Development Planner) at darlene.paranaque@mdbighorn.ca 

If you wish to be added to our electronic mailing list, please send your request to katy.stewart@mdbighorn.ca 


January 27, 2017-Land Use Bylaw Review and Update

Please be advised that MD of Bighorn Council directed that the  MDs Land Use Bylaw be updated.  As part of this project, we have several consultation sessions planned with MD residents and businesses.  The first round of consultation sessions is planned for March 2017 to identify any issues that could be addressed in the Land Use Bylaw update. 

Project updates, including consultation session dates, will be posted on the MD website and social media platforms, and advertised in the local papers.  We look forward to working with the community on this project!


Register for Exshaw Yoga & Meditation March – May Classes

Yoga & Meditation Classes for March 13- May 1 (6 weeks) in Exshaw – registration deadline is 3 pm, March 9th. Sign up today! More info and registration form at mdbighorn.ca/learning-opportunities

Mindfulness Yoga Mar-May 2017


March 1, 2017 Fire Permits Required

Fire Season Begins March 1 to October 31

All burning within the MD of Bighorn requires a permit. Please contact the Bow Ranger Station in Calgary at 403-297-8800 to make arrangements.

Report a Wildfire : 

Toll Free 310-FIRE (3473)


MGB Decision March 2, 2017 re: Dead Man’s Flats Area Structure Plan- MGB Appeal

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT BOARD DECISION ON INTERMUNICIPAL DISPUTE

TOWN OF CANMORE/MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF BIGHORN (MGB FILE 15/IMD-002).

 

The Municipal District of Bighorn (the M.D.) has been advised of the Municipal Government Board (the MGB) decision on the intermunicipal dispute between the M.D. and the Town of Canmore. The M.D. respects the authority of the MGB in this matter, and appreciates the Boards diligence in reviewing all information and testimony in reaching its decision.

The M.D. is satisfied that the MGB has determined there is no economic, environmental or social detriment to Canmore with the approval of the Dead Mans Flats Area Structure Plan (ASP).

The MGB decision will allow the M.D. to move forward with the next steps of the planning process on the eventual development of its Dead Mans Flats lands for light industrial purposes, while concurrently continuing land exchange negotiations with the Provincial government, for the same lands, a process that has been on-going since 2003, when the Wind Valley wildlife underpass was proposed as part of the Kananaskis G-8 Summit. As was noted to the MGB, the M.D.-owned lands at Dead Mans Flats were and are an integral part of the municipalitys sustainability for the future.

The M.D. will reach out to its municipal neighbour, the Town of Canmore, to move forward on strengthening our municipal relationship.  While disappointed that the Town unilaterally initiated the intermunicipal dispute approach to the MGB, the M.D. understands and appreciates the importance of the lands and environment surrounding the Town, and Canmores environmental stewardship. The M.D. also believes in strong environmental stewardship and despite the disagreement with the Town in the future development of lands at Dead Mans Flats, we are proud our on-going initiatives to protect and preserve important lands within the M.D.s boundaries. It should be noted that, out of the M.D.s total area covering 650,000 acres, nearly 210,000 of those acres are in Wildland Parks, Wilderness Areas, or Natural Areas, with another 290,000 acres as undeveloped forestry lands, where wildlife travel through unimpeded, inhabit, graze, etc. in short, five out of every six acres, in the M.D. of Bighorn, is either formally protected through designation, or otherwise held by the Crown as undeveloped lands readily accessible to and used by wildlife.

The M.D. will now move forward with amendments to our Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw, to redesignate and redistrict these lands from their long-standing uses (which include, but are not limited to, single family dwelling, campgrounds, commercial equestrian centres, country recreational lodges, logging, and cultural/entertainment facilities).  The approved Dead Mans Flats ASP will guide the future development of our municipal lands with appropriate policies for light-industrial uses.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Robert Ellis, Acting Chief Administrative Officer

Municipal District of Bighorn

P.O. Box 310 / 2 Heart Mountain Drive

Exshaw, Alta., T0L 2C0

E-mail: robert.ellis@mdbighorn.ca

Phone:  1-403-673-3611 or  1-403-233-7678 Calgary direct

 


On May 20th, 2016 the MD Bighorn made its submission to the Municipal Government Board regarding the Town of Canmore appeal of the Dead Man’s Flats Area Structure Plan. See a copy of the Written Submission and the Table of Contents from the submission. A copy of the MD’s full submission is available for the public to view at the MD office in Exshaw during regular business hours.


Notice of Public Hearing- February 21, 2017 Bylaw 01-Z/17-Proposal to Amend Land Use Bylaw 04/10

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

RE:                 BYLAW 01-Z/17, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND LAND USE BYLAW 04/10

DATE:            TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

PLACE:         BEAUPRE COMMUNITY HALL, HIGHWAY 40 AND BEAUPRE CREEK RD, ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, ALBERTA

 

PURPOSE:

The purpose of proposed Bylaw 01-Z/17 is to amend Land Use Bylaw No. 04/10 by redistricting three (3) parcels: SE 23-26-7-W5M, SW 28-26-6-W5M and a Portion of NE 33-26-6-W5M, from Agriculture Conservation District (AC) to Small Holdings District (SH), as illustrated.  

 

 

REPRESENTATION:

Oral and written comments and suggestions are invited and should address the amendment proposal in draft Bylaw 01-Z/17.  The comments and suggestions may be made by any person or group of persons, or a person acting on his, her or their behalf, who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw; and from any other persons whom, at the hearing, Bighorn Council wishes to hear. Technical Documents may also be submitted and may include, but are not limited to, engineering reports, consultants’ studies and other relevant documentation.

Written submissions may be made by the persons described above and must be received in the Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8 Municipal Office, #2 Heart Mountain Drive, P.O. Box 310, Exshaw, Alberta, T0L 2C0 by the dates as indicated below:

 

  • Technical Documents and other written submissions in support of the proposed bylaws must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., February 7, 2017.
  • Technical Documents and other written submissions which are not in support of the proposed bylaws must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., February 14, 2017.

 

Oral presentations may be made at the hearing by individuals or groups (as described above), whether or not they have submitted a written presentation.  Oral presentations should be limited to five (5) minutes at each hearing.

 

DOCUMENTATION:

Copies of proposed Bylaw 01-Z/17, the MD of Bighorn Land Use Bylaw No. 04/10, and public hearing procedures may be accessed on the MD’s website at www.mdbighorn.ca and are available for public viewing at the MD of Bighorn Office in Exshaw during regular working hours.  Technical Documents and similar written documentation, letters and other written submissions may be inspected after the key dates noted above at the MD of Bighorn office.

For additional information, contact the M.D. of Bighorn No. 8 office at 403-673-3611 or 403-233-7678 (Calgary direct line).

Darlene Paranaque, MSc, RPP, MCIP
Development Planner
darlene.paranaque@mdbighorn.ca


Notice of Public Hearing- February 21, 2017 Bylaw 02/17- A PROPOSAL TO AMEND MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 05/12

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

RE:                 BYLAW 02/17, A PROPOSAL TO AMEND MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 05/12

DATE:            TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

PLACE:         BEAUPRE COMMUNITY HALL, HIGHWAY 40 AND BEAUPRE CREEK RD, ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, ALBERTA

 

PURPOSE:

The purpose of proposed Bylaw 02/17 is to amend Municipal Development Plan 05/12 by re-designating approximately 42 hectares (104 acres) of land known as Jacob Creek (Ptn. 1-26-7-W5M, Ptn. 12-26-7-W5M, Ptn. 6-26-6-W5M, Ptn. 1-26-7-W5M and Ptn. 12-26-7-W5M) from Rural Conservation to Small Holdings Policy Area, as illustrated. 

 

REPRESENTATION:

Oral and written comments and suggestions are invited and should address the amendment proposal in draft Bylaw 02/17.  The comments and suggestions may be made by any person or group of persons, or a person acting on his, her or their behalf, who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw; and from any other persons whom, at the hearing, Bighorn Council wishes to hear. Technical Documents may also be submitted and may include, but are not limited to, engineering reports, consultants studies and other relevant documentation.

 

Written submissions may be made by the persons described above and must be received in the Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8 Municipal Office, #2 Heart Mountain Drive, P.O. Box 310, Exshaw, Alberta, T0L 2C0 by the dates as indicated below:

 

  • Technical Documents and other written submissions in support of the proposed bylaws must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., February 7, 2017.
  • Technical Documents and other written submissions which are not in support of the proposed bylaws must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., February 14, 2017.

 

Oral presentations may be made at the hearing by individuals or groups (as described above), whether or not they have submitted a written presentation.  Oral presentations should be limited to five (5) minutes at each hearing.

 

DOCUMENTATION:

Copies of proposed Bylaw 02/17, the MD of Bighorn Municipal Development Plan, and public hearing procedures may be accessed on the MDs website at www.mdbighorn.ca and are available for public viewing at the MD of Bighorn Office in Exshaw during regular working hours.  Technical Documents and similar written documentation, letters and other written submissions may be inspected after the key dates noted above at the MD of Bighorn office.

 

For additional information, contact the M.D. of Bighorn No. 8 office at 403-673-3611 or 403-233-7678 (Calgary direct line).

Darlene Paranaque, MSc, RPP, MCI
Development Planner
darlene.paranaque@mdbighorn.ca

 


Pigeon Creek Short Term Flood Mitigation Schedule Update

Short term flood mitigation construction to commence on February 6th, 2017.  For more information please contact Dale Mather at (403) 391-1319 or email dmather@telus.net


Three Sisters Campground Redevelopment Proposal-Public Consultation Session

Alberta Parks will be hosting a Public Information/Consultation session  regarding the Three Sisters Campground Redevelopment Proposal 


Spray Lake Sawmills 2016/17 Road Use Agreement for Richards Road – updated January 13, 2017

The M.D. has been notified that harvesting equipment will be moving on Richards Road and Richards Road  West mid next week. 

Hauling will commence starting as early as January 23rd for Richards Road  West, and January 25th for Richards Road.

For inquiries please call the sawmill directly at 403-851-3390,or Bill Luka, the Director of Operations for the M.D. of Bighorn, at 403-673-3611 or 403-233-7678 Calgary direct.

 

November 29, 2016

The M.D. of Bighorn recently finalized the Road Use Agreement with Spray Lake Sawmills to use Richards Road for their 2016/17 log haul.

Access to the harvest area will be from Highway 1A through crown and private lands, and will not require the use of Jamieson Road.

Other than a Crossing, the amount of trucking activity on Richards Road will be limited to a total of about 110 loads, as shown on the map.

The log haul is currently anticipated to begin in mid-December or later, with preparatory work for sign installations now commencing.

For inquiries please contact Bill Luka, Director of Operations for the M.D. of Bighorn, at 403-673-3611 or 403-233-7678 Calgary direct


UPDATE January 4 2017- NOTICE CARDBOARD/PAPER RECYCLING

Update: Please be advised that the MD has gotten back 1 of our Recycling trucks back. Cardboard recycling pick up has resumed today. Thank you for your patience.

The MDs recycling trucks used for the collection of cardboard and paper are both out of service. It would be very much appreciated if residents could store their cardboard/paper recycling at home while the trucks are being repaired. We are hopeful that the MDs vehicles will be back on the road next week and bins will be emptied. Please do not leave cardboard/paper outside of the bins. Thank you for your patience and we sorry for the inconvenience.


LafargeHolcim Exshaw plant air quality monitoring results

The LafargeHolcim plant in Exshaw has asked the Municipal District to provide their air quality monitoring results link to the general public. Results are updated weekly and can be found at http://airquality.ca/clients/Lafarge_Public/.  That link is also posted under Agriculture and Environment on mdbighorn.ca/links.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Please bring your natural Christmas trees, free of any decorations to the following locations. Trees with leftover decorations will be rejected from recycling. Animals are harmed by bits of broken decorations, plastic and metal.  

MD of Bighorn Christmas tree recycling locations:

  • Harvie Heights existing brush bin on Cascade Dr
  • Dead Mans Flats (temporary bin) beside garbage and recycling bins at the corner of 1st St and 2nd Ave
  • Lac Des Arcs existing brush bin beside garbage and recycling bins
  • Exshaw existing brush bin east of sewage lagoon on Diamond Drive
  • Ghost Fire Hall (temporary bin) in parking lot
  • Francis Cooke Landfill during regular operating hours

Provincial grant program updates improve access for non-profits

 

Alberta non-profit organizations will have a clearer path to funding as a result of changes to two primary Community Grant programs – the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) and the Community Initiatives Program (CIP).

 

 

Community Facility Enhancement Program

This program helps support construction and renovation of public-use community facilities. Two distinct grant funding streams have been established.

  • the Small Funding Stream provides a maximum of $125,000 in project support.
  • the new Large Funding Stream will support projects of more than $125,000 to a maximum of $1 million.
Community Initiatives Program
  • A new Major Cultural and Sport Events stream will support national and international events with significant community benefit, such as boosting the local economy and helping tourism grow. A maximum grant of $250,000 will be available to eligible applicants.
  • Funding of the International Development grant stream has been increased to help Alberta-based non-profits involved in international development projects and also to address growing program demand.

Provincial Grants Media Release December 5, 2016


Restricted hiking access to Jura Creek, weekend of December 3rd & 4th

Hikers and other recreationalists should note that access to Jura Creek trails immediately north of Highway 1A may be restricted this coming weekend, December 3rd and 4th, as construction crews try to get ahead of the pending winter weather. Devcon, the company engaged to complete the debris-flood risk reduction work on the creek, has made great progress, and wants to complete as much as possible before colder temperatures and snow arrive. Your cooperation in respecting any access restrictions, for your own safety, is greatly appreciated.


Mountain Pine Beetle control activities starting up in the Bow Valley

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has provided notice that the department will be cutting and burning just over 1300 Mountain Pine Beetle-infested trees in the Bow Valley this winter. A contractor will commence the work on November 10th

Signs will be displayed along the Trans-Canada Highway warning travellers about the activity, and smoke in the area, once burning starts. Signs will also be placed at the recognized trail-heads warning hikers about the activity.

The attached Map shows the work that will be done: blue dots and red dots denote the trees to be felled and burnt on site, by either the contractor or the Ag/Forestry crews; the Town of Canmore will be handling the trees at the green dots.

General inquires about Mountain Pine Beetles or this years cutting/burning (at the blue or red dot locations) can go through the Agriculture and Forestry Calgary office at 403 297-8800.


Excavation to Commence October 28, 2016 on Jura Creek Long Range Flood Mitigation

Devcon Inc, the Calgary-based construction company handling the Jura Creek long range flood mitigation project, has advised that it will be commencing excavation of material starting Friday October 28th. Devcon has been carrying out logging activities over the course of the past few weeks, and has gotten the necessary clearances to commence excavation.

The Jura Creek project (on the north side of Highway 1A) will involve deepening and widening the creek channel, and construction of a sediment trap near the Highway 1A culverts. Work is expected to take 4 6 weeks.