June 24th, 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

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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

 

It wasn’t a surprise to see snow over the Victoria Day long weekend as many of us are accustomed to it and it truly is a sign that summer isn’t far away. We just have to get through this month, our wettest month, before we can look forward to that.

 

Emergency preparedness

 

With regards to wetness, flood mitigation efforts are under way and the plan is to start berm building this summer/fall. Final negotiations and details are being worked out so activity should start soon according to my latest updates.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank our FireSmart Committee, Rocky View County Emergency Management folks and local businesses for putting on the recent Open House at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. It was certainly an eye-opener for this Councillor/resident to hear from scientists, historians and emergency management staff on how precarious our situation is. And I urge everyone to take initiatives to FireSmart their properties. Did you know that you can get a free FireSmart assessment of your property by visiting the RVC website and entering ‘firesmart’ in the search bar? There you will find the link to the form. Just knowing how your property scores can be an impetus to do whatever you can to start planning.

 

Internet needed

 

Staying on the topic of emergency preparedness, given our internet and cellular coverage is somewhat lacking in many areas, I want to thank the Bragg Creek Connect Committee for their efforts over the past year and a half to help bring about a potential county-wide Internet Service Strategy for all residents of RVC. The research gathered by this group of local volunteers will serve as a foundation to be used by RVC Administration to move forward to seek funding from the province and hopefully bring this essential service to all residents.

 

Since I just mentioned flood and wildfire in the last few paragraphs, before I turn to other issues in Division 1, I want to make sure as many residents as possible are signed up for RVC’s Safe & Sound System. By simply visiting the RVC website and providing contact information, you can be notified of emergency alerts in your area as well as receive updates on local information or activities such as fire bans, bylaw changes, etc that could impact you or your family. The ‘Safe & Sound’ page can be found under the ‘County Services’ dropdown bar on the home page.

 

Drivers needed

 

Have some spare time on your hands as well as a reliable vehicle? The Bragg Creek Snowbirds Senior Fellowship could use some volunteers to help our seniors with transportation needs to and from their medical and/or therapeutic appointments outside of our area. Please contact Bryan Hodgkins, BCSSF president for more details if you require the service or want become a volunteer.

 

Hamlet Expansion Open House

 

It was great to see over 120 residents show up and participate in the Bragg Creek Hamlet Expansion Open House last month which was held at the Bragg Creek Snowbirds Chalet. This was an event to explain the Bragg Creek Hamlet Expansion Strategy and give residents their first glimpse at the potential for various land use scenarios. The public feedback and consultation process will help set guidelines for development of the expansion lands that exist south of the Hamlet, between Highway 22 and Bragg Creek Provincial Park. I want to thank RVC staff for making this happen. More details can be found on the RVC website or by contacting Johnson Kwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 403-230-1401.

 

Live-streamed RVC meetings

 

Did you know that if you really wanted to stay on top of all of the issues your elected Council debates at each Council meeting, you can watch from the comfort of your home and in your pajamas? Catch all the action by visiting the RVC website and under the ‘Government’ dropdown menu you will find ‘Live Video’. Pour yourself a coffee and pop up some popcorn.

 

– 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 - June 2019

 

A Look back at May!

 

Happy June!  I can’t believe in a few short weeks school will be out for the summer - then summer vacations begin!  I hope wherever you travel this summer I hope you have a fantastic time. Currently myself, Clr. Hanson and our CAO are attending The Federations of Canadian Municipalities.  This conference is well attended by the majority of Councils, Mayor, Reeves, CAO’s and senior leadership from across Canada. This year’s conference theme combines our status as “builders” with the outcomes we create as municipal leaders that lead to an improved quality of life for all Canadians. Building Better Lives ensures that, no matter the mechanism, our mission is to deliver on the issues that families and workers care about most—a powerful message for us as well as the federal leaders we’ll be engaging with this year.  In a time where regional partnerships are paramount, this conference gives me an opportunity to learn more and network on a different level with our regional partners. I’m excited to attend this conference this year!

 

Request from a resident:  I have yard work and painting that I wish to hire two students for July 6, 7 and 8th from 8 am to 3 pm.  

 

I live near the Springbank links golf club.      If you are that someone, or know of someone that is interested - please send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll pass your contact information onto the resident..`

 

Around the Division….  

 

Many of you have likely already noticed the start up of the road construction on the overpass at Old Banff Coach Road.  Alberta Transportation has indicated this continued work will be for a few months, but there are no planned closures of the bridge.  It’ll be down to one lane though, so do expect delays especially at the beginning and end of the days. I was through there the other day and they do have the one lane open (currently the westerly lane) and it is controlled by a temporary light system.

 

As a reminder, if you ever have requests or questions is often better to call our Service Request line at 403-230-1401 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your request in, if you call the number it is answered 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  This is important because the Service Request can be dispatched even outside of business hours!

 

Springbank Off-Site Reservoir:

 

In May Council approved the resending of Rocky View’s position on the SR1 project. Our position letter can be found at https://www.rockyview.ca/LivinginRockyView/Communities/Springbank/SpringbankD am.aspx.  Our position is that we cannot support the project at this time. Our reasoning is clear. We don’t believe that all projects were adequately studied, did not use the same criteria for comparison and, in addition, very subjective criteria was used.  Many things weren’t considered at all, including any negative impacts to our community, loss of valuable crop land, permanent contamination of soils, health risks and the list goes on. We had sent a letter to the previous AB Government in December, 2018 and have now sent to Premier Kenney, Ministers and MLA’s.  Also, at the May 28th Council Meeting I read in a motion (to be debated on June 11th) asking for a small budget to advocate Rocky View positions with the Government. While Municipal leaders can have conversations with our counterparts, and we can raise concerns through the formal submission process, using a outside voice - can often get our message to Deputy Ministers and other key governmental offices.  I will continue to fight for our community, preserving its landscape and advocating so that a toxic mess of silt and debris over 3000 acres, is not left behind for us to live with. I’m also very pleased that Miranda Rosin, our MLA is also championing this issue with the government.

 

Calgary (again) is on record stating they will not have capacity in the rivers to draw out enough water for its population by 2039.  This is important and 20 years in not a lot of time to solve what will be a very real crisis for Calgary (and all downstream communities that rely on the Bow).  Anyone who has watched a child grow up, knows that 20 years goes by in a blink of an eye. Flood mitigation is important, and Rocky View’s position absolutely states we recognize the importance of this for Calgary and the region.  The SR1 project is about solving one problem for one municipality, in a time of regional cooperation and partnership, we simply need to look at a bigger picture.

 

The Springbank Community Association is doing admirable work trying to get this message out.  I spoke at two events in May (one in Elbow Valley and one at the Heritage Club) along with others.  The Heritage Club event was very well attended and the press attended both events. There is another upcoming one on June 17th in Bragg Creek, I encourage you to attend if you would like more information.  These events are very informative. I’ll be posting the details on my Facebook page soon.

 

The Firearms Bylaw:

 

On May 28th our Firearms Bylaw was repealed.  This was a very difficult decision. I heard (LOUD & clear) from Division 2 residents that they wanted the Bylaw gone, in fact, other than one email from a division 2 resident, this was the message I heard. Our bylaw was not inline with Provincial and and Federal Laws, the bylaw was confusing and not understandable, the no-shooting zones didn’t make sense, anyone who was in an ASP, but on undeveloped farm land could no longer legally hunt on their property.  There was no public consultation, there were no provisions for special events - and truthfully there was no ability for the County to enforce. So why was this a hard decision hard - because I also heard from many residents, mainly Bearspaw, that truly wanted a firearms bylaw. The bylaw comforted them and gave them peace of mind that municipally, provincial and federally they had a level of protection.  I understand that. Our current bylaw missed the mark, and while the local councillor believed that we could do a rewrite of the current bylaw, there was just so many things wrong with it - it seemed a better plan to me to start from scratch and build a bylaw, with resident and landowner input (right from the onset) and that wasn’t a one size fits all - but tailored to those communities that it makes the most sense in.  I did present a motion arising after the firearms bylaw was repealed to initiate a new firearms bylaw, but unfortunately my motion was lost 5-4. I was disappointed but recognize this how democracy works.

 

So what protection do you have in the meantime?  Virtually all the same protection you had before.  We have strict firearm laws that protect people and wildlife.  We have the same people (RCMP & Fish/Wildlife) that will respond to gun complaints as we had before.  Truthfully, our bylaw enforcement officers were engaging the RCMP if someone called in about improper use of firearm - our bylaw officers weren’t responding to these - so again, the same level of protections and laws apply.  I know this is not what some residents wanted and very likely the Bearspaw area Councillor will bring something back for support. I will very likely support a future firearms bylaw provided it is NOT a one size fits all, that it is build with input from those impacted (including ranchers and farmers), it is built with flexibility to allow for events or reasonableness (ie a small bow/arrow set that you might give a 8 year old to shoot at hay bales) and mostly doesn’t usurp the rights, privileges and rules that are already Provincially and Federally legislated.  We can do better for everyone.

 

What is Springbank?

 

Recently, along with the Division 3 Councillor, I met with STAPA (Springbank Trails and Pathways Association).  STAPA is a small group of very dedicated volunteers working hard to further their goal of a diverse pathway system in Springbank. Whether on the side of the road, through communities - connected to other communities - a way to explore Springbank.  This seems to be pretty reasonable, it is - but also a very lofty goal for a community that was not built or envisioned to be a fulsome community.

 

Planning a community goes beyond just the particular community you live in.  If you live in one of the newer developments (Morgans Rise; Harmony; Morning Side) your community likely has pathways and maybe even a few other community amenities (ponds; art; etc.) that you and your neighbours can enjoy - but if you child wants to ride his/her bike over to an adjacent community - that wasn’t planned for - no pathway continuation, which means a ride along one of our Range Roads, which most parents I’ve spoken to don’t want - so in the car we go!  We are a larger community that hasn’t given much thought to the cultural, visual or people aspect of a broader community. What should the entrances to our community look like, when building roundabouts (which will happen along RR33) - should they be utilitarian and just get the job done - or could they be visually appealing with planters, trees and public art in them? Should we have signs welcoming folks. Should there be an overarching community design - so that when the County or development happens, we enhance the entire community.  The County has tended to focus on the utilitarian - we deliver a road, to a standard. We add traffic signs, we add lights, we pave, we patch, we paint - but if our master plan (ie our ASP) had a bigger view of Springbank from a design perspective, that not only looked at what type of development will be where, how many houses, where recreation and commercial will go - but also had a vision of the bigger Springbank would that be important to you? I would love to hear from you about that? Let me know.

 

As important as all that is, it is also time to talk to us again about the ASP review. Please review the Springbank ASP draft at www.rockyview.ca/SpringbankASP  and give your feedback online by July 12. Or you can book an appointment to talk to RVC staff on June 18 or 19 at Springbank Park For All Seasons.

 

I encourage you to look beyond just your corner of Springbank, think about all of Springbank - how it should look and feel (adding that cultural/design layer), think about 20 years from now.  Think about how to keep your kids in the community (if they want to stay), how to make room for yourself as you age (ie smaller homes; affordable homes; amenities; multi generational living; services); think about jobs for children - maybe they’re just 4 or 5 now and recreation/schools are the most important, but ASP’s last 20/25 years - do you want them working closer to home or driving into the city for a p/t job); think about selling your home - what are families in 2019; 2029 and beyond looking for - how do we create value.  

 

More often than not we look at ASP’s as change (often viewed negatively) because what is being proposed, isn’t necessarily what we moved out here for, but we have to look beyond the here and now - this is a plan that hopefully stands the test of time, and these plans don’t happen overnight.  If there is a projected doubling of houses or population or roads or whatever - that may never happen, or it could take 20, 30 or 40 years. The plan is built for the long haul - not tomorrow. A plan that isn’t designed for the future is likely to be challenged again and again in front a future Council, and it could be a future Council is rigid but it could be `that a future Council is consistently amending the plan.  When this happens you actually (in my mind) get worse development because it isn’t done with that future idea in mind. So get involved, ask questions - think about now, 10 and 20 years out, think about how and where you want to age, think about your little ones as they move into teenage and adult years.  What will Springbank need in the future. None of us stand still, our kids grow up, we grow older, financially markets change and our own personal situations change - our community needs to address these through vision, design and policy.

 

Approved Development Permits:   

 

Application for a Golf Course Maintenance and Storage Building.  Harmony Application for grading and placing of clean fill. Haggard Road Application for General Industry, Type 1, (existing building), tenancy and signage - Mountain View Trail

 

All information can be found at www.rockyview.ca - under Building & Planning

 

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

 

June 6th - 6:00 pm Bearspaw Area Structure Plan (I know this isn’t Springbank, but very often it is helpful to see what a similar area in the County is planning) June 12th - 8:30am Soil Health Field Day June 17th - 7:00pm.  Springbank Off-Site Reservoir Information Night - Hosted by Springbank Community Association- Bragg Creek Community Centre June 18th & 19th - Make an appointment to speak with RVC planners regarding the Springbank ASP June 27th - 8:00am Bulk Gravel Sales Coffee Chat Night:  none in June (scheduling problems) July & August, but will resume in September.  Call if you have any questions or need info in the meantime, send an email or we can book an appointment at your convenience.

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

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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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