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Hamlet Street Sweeping 2017

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT STREET SWEEPING OPERATIONS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE DATES OF 

APRIL 24 – 28, 2017. 

Please assist us by ensuring your vehicles are parked off the street between the hours of  9 am – 7 pm  during these dates. 

SCHEDULE WEATHER PERMITTING:

Monday April 24, 2017 Hamlet of Benchlands
Tuesday April 25, 2017 Hamlet of Harvie Heights and service road (Harv. Hts. Rd.)
Wednesday April 26 27 Hamlets of Dead Mans and Lac Des Arcs.
April 27-28, 2017 Hamlet of Exshaw.

People wanting to sweep out their driveways, could do so over the weekend for the sweeper to pick up on the way by.

Thank You!


Community Conversations on Palliative Care in the Bow Valley Corridor

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, May 3, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
    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.

RSVP
This project is a collaboration between:

 

More details at palliativecarebowvalley.com


Ghost Waiparous Trails Association AGM April 22

The GWTA 2017 AGM will be held Saturday, April 22, at 10:00AM in the Benchlands Fire Hall

Meeting Agenda:

  • 2016 AGM Minutes
  • Board Report 2017
  • Financial Update (Audited)
  • 2017 Planned Activities
    • June Annual Work Bee
    • Wood Lot management
    • Trail Maintenance Team
  • Back 40 FireSmart Update
  • New Business
  • Board elections there are several vacancies to be filled

There are several Board positions open and GWTA is looking for people that want to help with the stewardship of the great asset that we have in the Back 40.  Please consider getting involved as a Board Member!
 
For more information please contact Michael Parker, President at gwta.ab.ca@gmail.com


Mountain Bikers/Hikers Visiting Exshaw

We now have designated vehicle parking for visiting mountain bikers and hikers in Exshaw.  These parking areas are located across from the Royal Canadian Legion on Heart Mountain Drive and at the Exshaw School near Mt. Allen Drive.  Street signage has been installed in the Hamlet to direct vehicles to these locations. If you are intending to have a tailgate party after your activity, please consider visiting the Exshaw Legion or Heart Mountain Cafe instead.  The Legion welcomes non-members.   Enjoy our natural surroundings and please respect the community and avoid parking on residential streets.


Exshaw non-competitive softball opportunity – April 8 deadline

Please indicate your interest by April 8 to the email on this poster


New Horizons for Seniors Grant Information sessions

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure seniors will benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

In anticipation of the 2017 NHSP Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada will provide information to help you with the preparation of your application. Please find attached the list of New Horizons for Seniors Information and Grant Writing Sessions.  

There will be a Canmore session on April 27, 10am – noon at the Service Canada Center, 802 Bow Valley Trail 

You must confirm your intent to attend with an RSVP to 1-844-836-8127 or by email to W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-ABT-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca  with your name, contact information, and the session of your choice.

Pre-Registration is required – see below for registration and additional in-person or webinar dates and locations. The grant application deadline will be sometime in June 2017 for 2018 funding. 

Calgary and Southern Alberta 2017


Sign up for Cross Training classes in Exshaw

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


International Day of Happiness

JOIN THE MOVEMENT FOR A HAPPIER WORLD

International Day of Happiness | March 20, Forever

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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.