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Tuesday, June 29, 2021 / Categories: Events

Press Release - Whitecourt Town Council Update June 29, 2021

Whitecourt’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 1560 has been repealed effective Thursday, July 1 to coincide with the Province’s Stage 3 reopening.  As announced by the Government of Alberta, the province has hit the vaccination threshold and all mandatory restrictions will be lifted effective July 1, including the ban on indoor social gatherings and mandatory mask wearing in all indoor public spaces. (Isolation requirements for confirmed cases and protective measures in continuing care settings may remain.)   Mandatory mask wearing continues to be in effect throughout Alberta until July 1; and, the Province has stated that masks may continue to be required in limited and specific settings beyond that date, and that further information in this regard will be provided prior to July 1.  The wearing of face coverings on public transit within Whitecourt is still recommended.

With the move to Stage 3, Council and Council Committees meetings will revert to the regular format and times, with meetings to be hosted in a public forum effective July 1, 2021.  Council meetings during the summer will be held on July 19 and August 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Interpretive Centre.

The COVID-19 Impact Assessment and Recovery Project is complete.  The project, a partnership endeavour between Whitecourt, Community Future Yellowhead East, Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce, and Alberta Labour and Immigration, analyzed the impacts of the pandemic, and explored potential recommendations for recovery strategies, and business and labour force retention and attraction.  The Whitecourt Economic Development Committee will be using the information gathered during the project to assist with supporting the local business community, and will be undertaking a number of project as a result of the findings.

Whitecourt has awarded the project for the 50 Year Comprehensive Growth Study to ISL Engineering and Land Services in partnership with Nichols Applied Management for $75,979, plus GST.  The growth study will help to guide future infrastructure, servicing and other long term plans for our community, and to ensure adequate land availability to meet future growth.

Whitecourt was recently recognized provincially at the 2021 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association for its 2020 Red Tape Reduction Report.  The report was a requirement for funding the Town received from the Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) which helped fund the Dahl Drive Improvement Project which is scheduled to start in July 2021.  The report outlined how the municipality has worked to attract new investment by having simple, expedited business permitting and approval processes.

A development permit for an 18-hole Mini Golf Course and 54-unit campground has been approved at 5115 Highway 43.  The campground (formerly known as Camp-In Town) and new mini golf course will be open seasonally from May to October annually.

The annual review of Off-Site Levies is complete and, based on the study, rates will be changing as of January 1, 2022.  Off-Site Levies are a cost recovery tool that help pay for infrastructure projects that allow the community to grow, including roads, and water and sewage treatment

Development Type

2021 Off-Sity Levy Rate

2022 Off-Site Levy Rate

Residential

 

 

  • Single Family Dwelling Units

$4,269/dwelling unit

$4,375/dwelling unit

  • Multi-Family Dwelling Units

$1,859/dwelling unit

$1,905/dwelling unit

Non-Residential

$49,754/hectare

$50,983/hectare

 

Council has entered a contract with BR2 Architectural Services to complete Phase 2 of the Arts and Culture Centre schematic design, and Phase 3 of the Town Office, Public Library, and Arts and Culture Centre design development.  In October 2020, it was announced that the Town would receive $15,612,137 in grant funding for the Arts and Culture Centre and Library project.  Completing the design development will provide better costing for the proposed facility so that an education campaign can be developed in the fall, and will allow the Town to achieve the timelines required by the grant program.

The Anthony Gordon Memorial Golf Classic, hosted by Eagle Tower Victim Services, is scheduled for Monday, August 23.

Council has recognized July 18 to 24, 2021 as National Drowning Prevention Week.

Councillor Schlosser has been appointed as Deputy Mayor from July 1 to October 25, 2021.

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