August 23rd, 2019
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County

MLA

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

Address:

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

Address:

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

mark

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

 

July Update

 

Noooooo! We can’t be into July already? 

So what’s been happening in Div 1? First, I want to thank everyone who attended the SR1 Information Session held at the Bragg Creek Community Centre on the evening of June 17th. There were roughly 200 residents, politicians, the media and a panel of experts who brought facts and insights into why the Springbank Reservoir/Dam proposal is full of holes and that the McLean Creek has to be given full consideration. Let the experts and their research and scientific analysis determine the health, environmental, cost/benefits, engineering, etc make the most sensible decision for residents of Bragg Creek, Jumping Pound, Redwood Meadows, Springbank and Calgary.

 

Council has passed a motion to hire a lobbyist on the County’s behalf to assist in advocating for the provincial government to, as stated by Richard Barss, acting executive director of Community Development Services, “to see the fulfillment of council’s endgame – the Government of Alberta pausing the SR1 project and reconsidering all possible options equally.” In the end, lets hope that common sense prevails and collectively all communities both up and down-stream are protected.

 

Flood Mitigation

With regards to flood mitigation, I just received news that Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), under the Water Act has given RVC approval to move forward. Also, all land negotiations required to construct flood barrier structures have been completed. This now allows RVC to commence the tendering process. The only other approval that stands in our way is from the Federal level, Fisheries and Oceans. We hope to hear from them by mid-summer and if all goes according to plan, we could see construction begin in September.

 

FireSmart

I want to thank those of you who have or are about to take part in the free and confidential FireSmart property assessment being conducted by RVC Fire Services. It’s an important and often eye-opening realization as to what we may deem safe to be the opposite. I for one will be participating in an assessment of my own property and plan to share the results in a future communication, most likely in a vlog via my “Councillor Mark Kamachi” Facebook and YouTube channels. Please Stay tuned.

 

Councillor Sanctions

As you may have heard on the radio, read in the papers or online, or via the gossip channels, yes, in a majority vote of Council, three councillors were sanctioned for conduct that broke Council’s Code of Conduct Bylaw: Councillors Kevin Hanson (Div 3), Crystal Kissel (Div 9), and Samantha Wright (Div 8).

 

Two main issues surfaced. First, they made attacks against colleagues which were discourteous and disrespectful in a newspaper “Letter to the Editor”. Second, a more serious offence, they released privileged and confidential legal information to an unauthorized party without the consent of the rest of Council.

 

As a councillor, my job is to work with my colleagues, administrative staff and residents to make this great municipality the envy of all others, and to do it respectfully and courteously. Whether we agree or disagree with decisions, we operate democratically and holistically for RVC. These councillors chose discourse that was unbecoming of public officers and it has not only affected Council and our CAO but me personally. In the end, with all of the distractions created by the actions of these councillors, the sanctions had to be implemented. It was not an easy decision.

 

See you in September

I’m looking forward to the August break from council meetings but rest assured, for those of you who know me, I will always be at your service. So play it safe, drink your milk and get some sun. See you around.

– Cheers, Mark

 

Division 2 - Kim McKylor

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Springbank
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 - July 2019

 

A Look back at June (last Newsletter until September) 

 

Happy Canada Day!  Happy Summer! I hope my final newsletter until September finds you well, enjoying the sun and warmer weather (you might not be in Calgary right now!).  This is the time of year we can relax, enjoy time with family and friends, spend a little more time outdoors and hopefully some planned time doing the activities you love doing!  This is the last newsletter until the beginning of September. 

 

Around the Division…. 

 

I get calls/emails for things (and always glad to help) where it is almost always faster and a better response to go directly to the County.  Whether these are road questions, enforcement matters, questions on process. The service standard is generally around 24 hours, as these requests are tracked in our ticketing system and routed to the correct person almost immediately.  I can answer general questions based on my knowledge, or if I’ve heard anything happening in our area though. 

 

I don’t have ready access to staff, and quite frankly, as I learn more and more about what our role as a Councillor is, I don’t require this type of access.  I always think that in order for me to move an issue forward, I have to interrupt a senior leader, who then has to interrupt a Manager, who then has to interrupt the person who can actually respond.  Most issues, are not of an urgent nature so this process is not very cost effective and nor do I have any visibility of what work I’m actually interrupting. Councillors are governors and policy makers.  We don’t plow the roads, measure potholes, take pictures at the side of the road to determine if there is an enforcement issue. We have skilled, qualified (and much better equipped) people for this and quite frankly do a much better job at operations than I do. 

 

So how do you get your concerned looked at? 

 

Start here: 

 

https://www.rockyview.ca/Government/ContactUs.aspx 

Submit an online form Call our 24/day number Send an email 

 

If you’ve done that, and haven’t heard from anyone in a day or two, please let me know.  I can absolutely try to find out why things are taking longer than expected. So far, I haven’t heard back from anyone saying a response has taken too long, so I do hope that is your experience too.

 

Recreation

 

I presented a notice of motion in June to have Council review all of our Fee Simple land holdings to determine where we may monetize the value of those lands and dedicate those funds to recreation capital in Rocky View County. 

 

Fee Simple land is land that the County owns outright (ie not Municipal Reserve where there is a shared contract with the School Board). 

 

There may be lands that we’d absolutely want to keep for the County’s future use, or for other purposes, but we do have lands (especially in neighboring municipalities) that the County may not have a long-term use for. 

 

We have had underfunded or inconsistent funding in many areas of our County for many years.  We do provide operational funding for example (ie Springbank Park for All Seasons $400,000/annually, which is not insignificant) but we haven’t invested in improving or expanding.  Even contemplating support for Capital improvements is difficult until you know how you can fund. While the County is in great shape financially and mostly certainly we could look at borrowing funds for expansion – I’m sure residents would prefer a self-funding model rather than borrowing. 

 

The notice of motion, is not a direction to sell anything yet – it is just an inventory of lands, approximate value, determination of what is needed and what isn’t and then Council would vote on whether or not lands could be sold, and Council would also need to decide if net proceeds should be earmarked for Recreation.  Lots of moving parts here. 

 

Ultimately, the County needs a reliable funding source for recreation.  Recreational groups need to know from year to year they have funding. Operations is one piece, and capital improvements/expansion are another. 

 

I continue to work on this and I hope Council will support, at the very least, a solid review of our fee simple lands with a view to invest any net proceeds back into our recreation. 

 

Approved Development Permits: 

 

Application for renewal for the keeping of livestock at densities no greater than two (2) animal units per 1.60 hectares (3.95 acres), specifically from 1 to 2 animal units (horses) 243154 RANGE ROAD 31A  

Application for Offices (existing building), tenancy for a real estate company, (8 & 9, 110 COMMERCIAL DRIVE),  

Application for a dwelling, single detached (existing), relaxation of the minimum side yard setback requirement, (43 LYNX LANE) 

Application for a dwelling, single detached (existing), construction of an addition within a riparian protection area (84 EAGLE BUTTE RANCH  

Application for Personal Service Business, construction of an indoor private sports facility, 250031 MOUNTAIN VIEW TRAIL  

 

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

 

July 18th – 8:00 Free Pancake Breakfast, RVC County Offices July 24th – 9:00  Ag Roundup – Westlife Church July 25th – 8:00 Bulk Gravel Sales – Reeve Pit (30 km north of Cochrane) July 25th – 8:00 Agricultural Tour (sign up required) 

 

Coffee Chat night will resume in September.

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

kevin

Elbow Valley, Springbank
403-463-1166
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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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