January 21st, 2020
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County

Miranda Rosen - MLA

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John Barlow - MP

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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

 

September Update

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. As for myself, as evidenced by last month’s photo review, it was busy and fun. There’s never a shortage of things to do, good or bad, as your councillor. Thankfully, most of it has been good. Thanks to everyone for being so understanding and patient with myself, my colleagues and administration/staff. We are collectively working harder to make Rocky View the envy of every municipality in Canada.

 

It’s hard to believe that at the time of this writing we’re finally experiencing a stretch of sun and warmth that resembles summer: a stretch of sun and heat, smores by the fire and incessant scratching of mosquito bites. Although this summer’s weather pattern didn’t provide enough of this so far, there is still hope as summer doesn’t end until the 23rd. If there’s a sunny side to this, at least we didn’t get inundated with smoke from wildfires as we saw in previous summers. I’ll breathe to that.

 

A FireSmart update

 

I want to thank the residents who made the effort and took the time to take advantage of the second Rocky View County Chipper Days held on the weekend of August 11th and 12th at the Bragg Creek Water Plant. We took in twice the amount of pick-up/trailer loads over the inaugural event held back in September. That’s over 85 loads equating to about 4000 pounds (1800+ kilograms) of green waste.

 

I also want to thank those who made this possible: the volunteer FS Committee, volunteer Fire Services members from all over RVC (Redwood Meadows, Bearspaw, Elbow Valley and Langdon) and the volunteer residents who came out to lend a hand. They worked tirelessly throughout the weekend in the pouring rain and cold to make this a huge success. Their efforts deserve a huge round of applause (insert sound effect here). Let’s make the next one even better. Please keep your ears and eyes open for the announcement of the next Chipper Days event planned for this month. Again, keep FireSmart on the top of your ‘to-do’ list. Just because things are cooling down doesn’t mean you should when it comes to FireSmarting your property.

 

Moving on. Or not.

 

I am talking about the intersection at the convergence of Highway 22, Highway 758 (White Avenue which is under provincial jurisdiction) and Balsam Avenue. As far as what I have been told by Senior Leadership at RVC, we are awaiting for our Transportation Minister, Ric McIver’s response to RVC’s letter requesting that the Province maintain the previous Government’s commitment to fund the project and complete the upgrade with RVC funding 25% of the project. Let’s hope that the conversation continues between all government levels and our Tsuut’ina neighbours.

 

Flood Mitigation

 

With all land acquisitions complete we hope to see construction begin shortly. As winter approaches, RVC will get moving on this so that little time is wasted in moving forward for infrastructure that this area is in dire need of. It has taken many years of conversations and negotiating to get to this step, let’s just get the flood mitigation built and move forward. Enough already.

 

A Pipeline just west of Hwy 22

 

If you’ve noticed the pipeline construction activity just north of the Highway 8 traffic circle on Highway 22 along Township Road 242, you’re not paying attention to the road. Eyes forward.

 

The West Path Delivery Project is part of Nova Gas Transmission’s (a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd) expansion project whereby they will be constructing 22.5km of new pipeline along with related infrastructure between Cochrane and lands just west of Hwy 22 in Division 1. For full details, Google “NOVA Gas Transmission West Delivery Project”.

 

More Road Construction

 

Finally, when our traffic issues seem to become more and more of a discussion point we have to remember, we do not have the luxury of year round construction opportunities. We have to pave while the ground is hot.

 

You’ve been seeing and experiencing the reorganization of the cloverleaf at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 1 being conducted by Alberta Transportation. This is being done in the name of safety. I’m sure many of you have experienced the ‘near misses’ not to mention having heard of deaths that have occurred in that vicinity. Please make sure you adhere to the warning signs, posted speed limits and traffic controllers as you make your way trough there. Have patience, respect the workers and drive safe.

 

Again, thanks for your time and please feel free to chat me up anytime. Follow me on Facebook @Mark AdSamurai Kamachi or Councillor Mark Kamachi, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Drive safe. And smile.

 

– Cheers, Mark

 

Division 2 - Kim McKylor

kim

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 - A Look back at November 

 

 Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa!  If you celebrate any type of tradition in December, I wish you the very best.  December, in my family, is a time of quietness. Enjoying the lights of our tree, spending time with family and friends – and of course, our annual turkey dinner.  We’ve never travelled that much for the holidays, and the one time we did, I found myself wishing I was back home – it just wasn’t the same. No matter how you and your family are spending time in December, I wish you the very best!  

 

 A number of years ago, we owned a couple of horses.  I know many of you do as well. We enjoyed our time in 4-H; rodeo & barrel racing; riding in parades, etc. and I do miss having them now that our daughter is grown.  There was a saying when buying a horse, I think many of you can relate…. 

 

 If it is fast & good – it won’t be cheap. If it is good & cheap – it won’t be fast. If it is cheap & fast – it won’t be good. 

 

 Trying to accomplish all 3, as we would say – didn’t exist. 

 

 Recently, I saw something similar as it relates to Municipal taxes, County services and density. 

 

 If you want……. 

 

 Stable Services & Low Density – you can’t have low taxes Low Density & Low Taxes – services won’t be stable Low Taxes & Stable Services – density will need to go up Rocky View County has been pretty fortunate.  We actually have one of the lowest residential property tax rates and we are 5th in Alberta for economic base – that is despite being only the 12th largest municipality in Alberta. 

 

 We continue to work to ensure that property taxes (we have no control over School Boards) increases are kept low and we will continue to ensure your services remain stable.  At a time when the Provincial Government is cutting funding and downloading more expenses to Municipalities, we may need to look at increasing densities or attracting commercial development in the areas that make sense. 

 

 In Springbank, our new ASP (not yet passed), will allow for more cluster type residential.  Currently, our smallest lots (outside Harmony) is about 1 home on 2 acres. Cluster residential allows combined homes and green space to be the equivalent of about 1 home per 1 acre.  By moving homes closer together, servicing (ie water/waste water/internet) become cost effective for developers. When we (over many years from now), have more cluster development areas, my hope would be that then servicing for the surrounding acreages now become more accessible.  Recently, Pradera Springs was approved (Land Use) and one of the conditions was that the developer pay for serviced water pipes to a number of homes immediately adjacent. It was also suggested to the developer, when they get to the sub-division stage and development permits, that they try to make available high-speed internet to those homes as well.  Evolution of a community can bring an uncertainty, I know that. When the original sections of lands, became ¼ sections – there was change, ¼ sections to 40 acres, 40 to 20’s, 20’s to 5 and now 2 acre parcels. This evolution of land use change took decades and moving into a new, cluster style, will also take many, many years.    

 

 2019 Accomplishments:   

 

 I’m sure the County will be doing a year in review, but we’ve actually done quite a bit this year.  Some of this work isn’t complete yet, but I’m hopeful that 2020 will see much of this work, and more done.  These are the things that will enable us to better respond to the continued recession in Alberta (5 years now).   

 

 - Redrafting of the County Plan 

 

- Changes to our Recreation Model – and dedication to recreation - Live streaming of Council; more transparency; more engagement than ever before - 25% increase in funding for Family & Community Support Services - Assist in the funding for the RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Unit - Donated a fire truck to a small Mexican Village - Dog license fees waived - Short term property rental policy - New strategic plan - Sold old County building for $13M - Held our first (annual) open house and pancake breakfast in our new building - Christened a new STARS helicopter – we are the ONLY municipality that funds STARS at the level required to have our logo on the helicopter! 

 

We still have things we need to work on.  The growth management board needs to be better aligned so that all member municipalities can grow.  Regional planning is key, avoids waste, etc. but we also need to ensure isn’t just for Calgary’s benefit, especially when all Albertans win if Alberta grows! 

 

Locally, I’m still actively working on a new community centre as well as a plan for the expansion of recreation in Springbank.  These things, as I’ve learned over the past two years, take a bit of time – but I have the will to see it through! 

 

Coffee Chat night: 

 

Serving Eggnog…. 

 

December 5th, 4pm to 7pm Harmony Discovery Centre 26 Arnica View 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

Dec. 2nd MDP Open House Bragg Creek Dec. 3rd MDP Open House Bearspaw Dec. 4th MDP Open House – County Hall (Balzac) Dec. 5th MDP Open House – Conrich Dec. 11th MDP Open House – Weedon Hall Dec. 12th Recreation Drop-In Open House – County Hall (Balzac) 

 

There will also be another MDP open house in Springbank (previously cancelled because of weather) but I don’t have a date yet – once I have that I’ll add to my Facebook Page. 

 

For complete info on all County events: https://www.rockyview.ca/NewsEvents/Events.aspx 

 

Recently approved Development Permits: 

 

Horticultural Greenhouse:  242087 RR 32 New detached dwelling:  66 Juneberry Heights New detached dwelling:  70 Juneberry Heights Renewal of Home-based business (Art Studio):  244044 Panorama Ridge SW Storage of fill/regrading: 32122 Springbank Road Renewal of Home-based business (landscaping):  121 Lariat Loop Private School (K-6) & Signage: 16 Commercial Drive 

 

My next newsletter will be at the end of January, 2020.  If there is anything urgent or day to day updates, please check my Facebook Page.  I wish you the happiest Christmas and New Year! 

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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Elbow Valley, Springbank
403-463-1166
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Division 3 – Councillor Update – ending 2019

 

Update pending