February 29th, 2020
 | Calgary, Alberta

Government MLA, MP, County

Miranda Rosen - MLA

An update is pending

 

John Barlow - MP

An update is pending

 

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 December & January

 

Hello everyone! I hope that everyone had a great December and survived our first real cold snap in January. I’m hopeful that will be the one and only cold snap, but this is Alberta after all. I vividly remember last February as one of the coldest ones on record so I know we aren’t likely out of the woods yet!

 

I have been working on a number of things this past little bit. Mostly things have to do with moving our recreation agenda forward. Funding for land; funding for a building – we need both! Our Springbank Park for All Seasons needs modernization and new recreational amenities. We need a true community space that can be used by all generations in Springbank. While we don’t have a new Master Recreation Plan for all of RVC yet (fall 2020), our many previous surveys out here tell us this is a priority.

 

I have motions ready to go that help us get on with some of these projects. I’m hoping Council will support me when I introduce a “pathway” first motion when it comes to our planning department as they are reviewing any new multi-lot development. What this means is that when a development comes, rather than taking small pieces of land (that ultimately has marginal use for residents or the County) or even cash in-lieu instead of dedicated Municipal Reserve (MR) land, we would ask developers to use the MR requirement to build a public pathway system through their development. Then over time, we may be able to connect these paths, or the County can connect the missing pieces. The vision for pathways in Springbank is a great one, no doubt, but it is also a tremendous cost, well over $30 million dollars – so we need to be creative on how we can accomplish this over time.

 

Another motion coming soon (and I’ve made mention of a similar one before) is to monetize our fee simple lands, that are not required by the County in our short- or long-term plans. If we sell these parcels (at fair market value), we can extract that value and invest back into our communities for recreational projects.

 

As well, we are working with the Rocky View School Board to modernize our agreement with them as it relates to how and how much we fund RVSB projects directly in RVC, or in other municipalities where RVC students attend. We have limited funding available from MR dollars and we are legislated on what we can spend that on (Parks; Pathways; Recreation; Schools). We have needs throughout the County for all of these things, so ensuring we are investing fairly for all is important. I’m confident we can!

 

ALSO – this is good news – if you are looking for a community rental, The Heritage Club now has the ability to allow liquor (with appropriate license and insurance) to be served at their facility. This will allow more groups/events to happen at this facility. Please contact them at 403.242.9350 if you are looking for a venue.

 

Recreation Funding Question:

One of the items that was raised at the Springbank Community Association Wine & Cheese the other night was whether or not households in Springbank would be willing to add a local improvement tax specifically for recreation in Springbank (could be used by no one else, could be used for nothing else). They have this in Langdon, and as a result Langdon has funds available to advance their recreation projects.

 

Here is a link to the Langdon Policy:

https://www.rockyview.ca/.../Govern.../Policies/Policy-C-328.pdf

I continue to look for other ways to fund recreation (ie disposing of County lands not required for any purpose, developer funded, restructuring of our Municipal Reserves agreement with schools), but ultimately those methods don't provide a consistent funding approach for recreation year over year.

 

A special tax would provide consistent, dedicated funding for recreation in Springbank. I've created this short survey (non-binding for the County; non-binding to you; non-scientific, etc.) but an opportunity to see if this is something I can explore as a future initiative for Springbank in support of recreation. I believe this is working well in Langdon!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NS3WHWK

Copy and paste the link above, or email me and I’ll send you the link. I'll keep the survey open for a few weeks, or I'd welcome your comments directly via email. Please feel free to share with your Springbank groups.

 

In 2019, the County contributed $952,000 to community/recreation in Springbank ($400,000 to the Springbank Park for All Seasons; $279,000 to the Springbank Heritage Club (facility expansion) and the balance to other community groups in the area, but the reality we aren’t keeping up to the demand; the increasing younger population and more importantly new or modernizing our facilities. Let me know what you think by completing the survey.

 

Coffee Chat night:

Feb. 26th; 5 pm to 7:30pm

Harmony Discovery Centre

26 Arnica View

 

Upcoming Events:

Feb. 6th – 1:00pm Road Use Bylaw Open House – County Office

Feb. 11th – 5:30pm Recreation Needs Assessment Open House (Heritage Club)

Feb. 11th – 6:00pm Working Wells Workshop – County Office

 

For complete info on all County events:

https://www.rockyview.ca/NewsEvents/Events.aspx

Recently approved Development Permits:

New Dwelling – Panorama Ridge

Sales Centre Renewal – Aventerra

Secondary Suite – Harmony

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

kevin

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

 

Update pending