With the Town of Sundre eliminating the Municipal Planning Commission, they have been able to streamline development for residents at a faster pace by eliminating unnecessary steps. That is according to Sundre's Economic Development Officer Jon Allan. He says the decision making has now been moved "in house" and it is governed by the land use bylaw.
Businesses, residents and anybody who would like to do something in relation to development under the town of Sundre's land use bylaw can now do so at a faster pace.
Sundre's Economic Development Officer Jon Allan says council decided to eliminate the Municipal Planning Commission in order to streamline development to help residents and businesses receive faster decisions by eliminating unnecessary steps.
He says MPC met about once a month, where in some cases decisions might have taken up to two months.
Allan adds now in some cases they have been able to expedite decisions to less than two weeks.
Allan says there has been a lot of discussions behind the scenes in preparation for potential development in the southwest industrial area.
He says development is currently underway.
Allan says property owners, business owners and potential developers can contact the town about development.
He notes an example of residential development could be adding a shed to your property.
It is the busiest time of year for the Olds & District Christmas Angels Society and you can make donations at the Alberta Junior Hockey League game between the Olds Grizzlys and the Camrose Kodiaks at 7:30 on Friday, December 14th or by stopping by the annual stuff a bus event in the Canadian Tire parking lot from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, December 15th.
The upcoming budgets for the town of Olds were approved as presented during the regular town council meeting on Monday, December 10th. The 2019 operating budget is $29.5 million dollars while the 2019 capital budget is $7.8 million and for 2020 its $11.8 million. Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says a large portion of the 2020 budget is earmarked for the operations centre. He adds a cost of living adjustment (COLA) had to be made and as a result there will be a 2.5 percent tax increase in 2019.
Olds RCMP say 37 year old Robert John Poole from Wimborne - who was wanted on several outstanding warrants for arrest - was apprehended by Sherwood Park RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services on December 8th.