April 22nd, 2019
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County


With the recent Electoral boundary changes, Springbank is now in a new riding #50 called "Banff Kannanaskis".  Further details will be provided on the changes, voting stations etc prior to April 16, 2019 (voting day).


Blake Richards, MP

Blake Richards photo

First elected in 2008, Blake Richards was re-elected for a third time in the new ridingFirst elected in 2008, Blake Richards was re-elected for a third time in the new ridingof Banff-Airdrie on October 19, 2015.Blake serves as the Official Opposition Shadow Minister Democratic Institutionsand for Tourism.While serving on the government side of the House of Commons, Blake chaired twostanding policy committees and was Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus. Healso frequently represented the government in regional and national media.Always focused on the needs of his constituents, Blake has three times been namedCanada’s Best Constituency MP as well as Hardest Working MP, and in 2015received a Canadian Tourism Award for his work in Parliament on behalf of thetourism industry.


Constituency Contact Information

Airdrie Constituency Office


16-620 1st Avenue NW

Airdrie, Alberta

T4B 2R3

Phone Number: 403-948- 5103 or Toll Free at 1-800- 667-0410

Fax Number: 403-948- 0879

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Parliament Hill Office

Contact Information


House of Commons

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6

Phone Number: 613-996- 5152

Fax Number: 613-947- 4601
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Community Office Hours

The first Thursday of every month at the following locations:

–      Canmore, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Civic Centre, located at 902-7 th Avenue

–      Banff, 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Rundlestone Lodge, located at 537 Banff Avenue

–      Cochrane, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cochrane Dodge, located at 6 River Heights Drive


Rocky View Councillors

Division 1: Mark Kamachi


Southwest Rocky View County, Bragg Creek
403-861- 7806
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Boards & Committees

  • Agriculture Service Board
  • Bow River Basin Water Council
  • Elbow River Watershed Partnership
  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View West Recreation District


June Update

I can’t believe it’s June already. Where did May go? Time to bring you up to speed on what’s happening in Division One.


Flood Mitigation: Despite the Statements of Concern from our Tsuut’ina neighbours and the Don’t Dam Springbank group, Rocky View County (RVC) continues to move ahead with its plans to implement berms for flood mitigation. RVC’s emergency response staff and associates will continue to monitor waterway and snowpack conditions daily. Please sign up for the Safe and Sound systems available on the RVC website (https://www.rockyview.ca/CountyServices/SafeSound.aspx) to get the latest info and alerts concerning any emergency in RVC.


FireSmart: We can now boast that RVC has formed a FireSmart Committee to bring some serious attention to this matter. I’d like to congratulate and thank David Rupert, Gary Nikiforuk, Mark Betts, Michele Longo, Peter Dwan, Jorge de Freitas and Roche Herbst for stepping up to the challenge. Our main goal is to educate all residents to take steps to FireSmart your property. 


We’ve seen in the past how quickly a wildfire can destroy neighbourhoods. The committee is planning several initiatives in the near future such as a Demo Day and Chipper Day. It’s about educating those of us who choose to live amongst forests and grasslands. In the meantime, did you know you can call RVC to request a free walkabout where fire services personnel will make a hazard assessment of your property?


Rural Crime Watch: Show your support and become a member. The more “eyes” we have assembled, the safer we are as a community. There have been too many instances of crime in the past months. We have to look out for each other. And for $15 bucks, that’s not a lot to ask. Also, please, please, please, should you ever sense that something is not right, call 911 and report the incident. If law enforcement aren’t made aware, nothing gets done. And please, please, please, don’t ever attempt to confront suspicious activity on your own. Let the professionals take the steps to keep us safe.


Finally: With Council’s approval,  RVC is helping to fund the guardrail and pedestrian bridge on West Bragg Road, bringing this project to a close. RVC has now created a world class asset we can “bragg” about. Huge round of applause to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association for this tremendous effort over the years.


Now let’s get growing. Sensibly.


Cheers, Mark


Division 2 - Kim McKylor


403-462- 9207
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Boards & Committees

  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View School District/Rocky View County Joint Working Committee
  • Springbank Park for All Seasons Agricultural Society


Division 2 Update - April 2019


A Look back at March!


Happy Spring!  Now that our days are a little longer and a little warmer I know you all have shifted from your winter activities to your spring/summer activities – my yard still needs a lot of work, but we’ve begun the annual yard chore season – which, for me, feels like it runs until the end of September!


Around the Division….


At the beginning of March I held a Community Leaders lunch to meet with our CAO Al Hoggan.  We have local groups working hard on the betterment of Springbank. From our Community Association; business leaders; Park for All Seasons; Trails & Heritage Club (to name a few), often we work in isolation, but have similar challenges when working with RVC – this meeting allowed our CAO to get a better understand of what is working, not working and where RVC can improve to deliver a better service to our community.  It was great to have everyone together and I hope we can do this type of event semi-annually!


Mid March, Council and Administration toured both the Chestermere and Indus Recreation Centres.  Council will need to grapple with our recreational strategy in the near future. Owning recreational facilities in another municipality isn’t always the best as often the facility utilized by that municipality.  However, if the operational model shifted, could we attract more RVC residents? Do we dispose of assets in other municipalities and build in our own (ie invest in our own County)? Do we invest in what we have and encourage our residents to drive to those venues?  These are difficult questions with no easy answers, but with our new Regional model, these are important questions to answer. I’ll provide updates as I can as we progress through this!


As I covered in my last newsletter, (Notice of Motion for the Springbank Community Centre), Council voted in favour of proceeding to next steps.  Basically, this is to determine what is possible. Before Council can determine if we should sell any municipal reserve land, we need to know if there is a possibility of maximizing the sale.  In a normal MR sale, proceeds are divided up between RVC and the school board. If the school board was willing to invest their proceeds in a new Community Centre – Council could then direct our proceeds into this as well.  This is the possibility. Next steps are for all stakeholders to meet (RVC; Community Association; School Board) to see if that is possible – then Council can hear all the facts and decide.


Important point on this one….. when Municipal Reserve (MR) lands are sold, the RVC portion has historically been allocated to the local Recreation Board for distribution for recreational needs in an area.  However, Council is under no obligation to do this, and in fact, MR proceeds could be directed anywhere Council decides. If the decision is to sell MR (in this case the 4 acres in Commercial Court) a public hearing would be the next step and Council will be able to hear from folks on this topic.  Council could decide to allocate proceeds directly to a new Community Centre, or any other recreational need, ideally in Springbank.


I attended the Springbank Community Association meeting last week.  It was well attended. Biggest topic of the night Springbank Dam – most of the questions and time spent here.  Highlighted that the community needs more information. Make this an election issue! Ask the candidates both their position and the party position.  One community should NOT suffer all the negative impacts (health; loss of agricultural lands; loss of property values (not just where the dam is!); loss of tax revenue for County, etc.) while another community gets all the benefits – your Alberta and Federal tax dollars are paying for this and you deserve better!


Dog Licenses have been eliminated effective May 1st, 2019.  We want to encourage people to license their dogs and currently we estimate that only about 25% of the dog population is licensed.  This is a one year pilot (at this stage, could go longer). If we have a better understanding of how many dogs are in the County, we can start to develop programs to better support, currently we rely on other municipalities to (ie Cochrane) for any found dog to be taken to.  Unlicensed dogs will still incur a $150 fine.


Approved Development Permits:


  • • Application for Retail Garden Center including Outdoor Storage of landscape materials, (65 COMMERCIAL DRIVE)  • Application for renewal of a keeping of livestock at densities no greater than two (2) animal units per 1.60 hectares (33199 HUGGARD ROAD • Application for Golf Course Club House Facilities, construction of a Club House and signage located approximately 0.81 km (1/2 mile) west of Range Road 33 and 2.42 km (1 1/2 mile) north of Township Road 250.  • Application for a dwelling, single detached (existing), relaxation of the minimum front yard setback (13 CATTAIL RUN • Application for a dwelling, single detached (existing), relaxation of the minimum front yard setback requirement (34 YARROW GATE


Upcoming Community Events: (complete detail & more at: https://www.rockyview.ca/NewsEvents/Events.aspx)


April 10 – 6:00pm – Vegetable Gardening April 17 – 4:00pm – Open House:  County Plan Amendments April 24 – 10:00am – Environmental Farm Plan May 1 – 6:00pm – Bear Safety May 2 – 6:00pm – Coyote Safety


Coffee Chat Night:  everyone welcome, pop by for a coffee!


April 25th:  6:00pm to 7:30pm Harmony Discovery Centre 26 Arnica View


Division 3: Kevin Hanson


Elbow Valley, Springbank
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Boards & Committees

  • Municipal Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Rocky View West Recreation District
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board / Enforcement Appeal Committee

Council’s strategic planning is undergoing the final word-smithing exercises before posting to the County’s website. Our three strategic themes are: Financial Health, Service Excellence, and Responsible Growth. Each theme carries 3-4 outcomes that Council would like to achieve as Rocky View County’s governing body. Supporting those themes, approximately 10 Council Objectives were drafted with 2-3 supporting Key Results targeted for each. A requirement is that every result is actionable by administration, measurable, used to inform the Corporate Plan, and hopefully together will motivate a culture shift in Rocky View Administration.

With the Interim Growth Plan for Calgary Municipal Growth Board complete, work with the Board continues into the visioning exercise for the final growth plans for Land Use Plans and Servicing Policy. To kick off, the 10 member municipalities were asked to complete a pre-visioning survey, which all of RV Council and Executive Leadership Team participated in. The Board circulated background pre-reading planning articles for the workshop participants, to promote constructive discussion in the facilitated exercise. The first brainstorming session was conducted on November 23rd, and a significant amount of material was generated in the 5-hour session. Of interest was the recognition by many municipalities, including Calgary, of just how much we all have in common. The Board chair Chris Sheard wrapped up the session saying he was impressed with the spirit of cooperation in the room, but cautioned the members that much work lay ahead to forge win-win outcomes, and urged for the tough discussions to come sooner rather than later with respect to individual Municipality concerns. Please visit www.calgarymetroregion.ca for more details on the Board’s work.

On the transportation-front, County discussions continue with Alberta Transportation about Highway 563 (Old Banff Coach Road) and the impact Calgary development is having on our Springbank road network. The long-term plan of AT is to close 563, but we maintain this must occur in concert with required upgrades in the OBCR overpass over the Trans-Canada. Administration continues to work to emphasize both the City and the Province’s role in ensuring the overall network functions safely and efficiently.

Work will start Spring 2019 on the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR). The Requests for Qualifications have been completed as of August and final selections are underway for the three sub-projects: North Project (Trans-Canada to OBCR), South Project (OBCR to Highway 8), and the Bow River Bridge twinning. I have met with the project manager from Alberta Transportation and he is committed to running this project with mitigated impact to residents and open dialog. If you have any concerns as construction unfolds, please funnel them through me. Please visit www.W-CRR.ca for more information.

Our new County Hall officially opened on October 9th with much pomp and ceremony. Ribbons were cut, past councillors recognized, and the province was thanked for their investment in our future.

Please contact me with any concerns or feedback that you would like me to represent to the county staff or my fellow council members - OFFICE 403.520.1290, CELL 403.463.1166,
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