March 21st, 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

I can’t believe it’s June already. Where did May go? Time to bring you up to speed on what’s happening in Division One.

Flood Mitigation: Despite the Statements of Concern from our Tsuut’ina neighbours and the Don’t Dam Springbank group, Rocky View County (RVC) continues to move ahead with its plans to implement berms for flood mitigation. RVC’s emergency response staff and associates will continue to monitor waterway and snowpack conditions daily. Please sign up for the Safe and Sound systems available on the RVC website (https://www.rockyview.ca/CountyServices/SafeSound.aspx) to get the latest info and alerts concerning any emergency in RVC.

FireSmart: We can now boast that RVC has formed a FireSmart Committee to bring some serious attention to this matter. I’d like to congratulate and thank David Rupert, Gary Nikiforuk, Mark Betts, Michele Longo, Peter Dwan, Jorge de Freitas and Roche Herbst for stepping up to the challenge. Our main goal is to educate all residents to take steps to FireSmart your property. 

We’ve seen in the past how quickly a wildfire can destroy neighbourhoods. The committee is planning several initiatives in the near future such as a Demo Day and Chipper Day. It’s about educating those of us who choose to live amongst forests and grasslands. In the meantime, did you know you can call RVC to request a free walkabout where fire services personnel will make a hazard assessment of your property?

Rural Crime Watch: Show your support and become a member. The more “eyes” we have assembled, the safer we are as a community. There have been too many instances of crime in the past months. We have to look out for each other. And for $15 bucks, that’s not a lot to ask. Also, please, please, please, should you ever sense that something is not right, call 911 and report the incident. If law enforcement aren’t made aware, nothing gets done. And please, please, please, don’t ever attempt to confront suspicious activity on your own. Let the professionals take the steps to keep us safe.

Finally: With Council’s approval,  RVC is helping to fund the guardrail and pedestrian bridge on West Bragg Road, bringing this project to a close. RVC has now created a world class asset we can “bragg” about. Huge round of applause to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association for this tremendous effort over the years.

 

Now let’s get growing. Sensibly.

 

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 Update - March 2019

A Look back at February!

 

As I write this is, it is -20 outside on March 1st. I saw a lovely sundog in the sky this morning on my way to work and I think I would have appreciated it much more in January than I did this morning. February, 2019 is most certainly one of the coldest on record, but the longer days and the sun that much higher in the sky, I know spring (or our version of it) is just around the corner.

 

Around the Division….

 

Thank you to a resident who reported some very poor and missing signage on RR 33 & the #1 exchange. We were able to work with Alberta Transportation on a correction and even better improvement to the signage. I appreciate when residents bring concerns such as this forward so can ensure we are making our roads safer for everyone.

 

The Firearm’s Bylaw…… A number of months ago our Policy sub-review committee reviewed and recommended some changes to our firearm bylaw. The overall intent of those changes were to ensure those on Country Residential properties were not experiencing guns and rifles within close proximity to their homes. While there are very adequate Provincial and Federal laws, having a local bylaw also would allow our bylaw officers to respond to complaints. Well this is the theory, but truthfully, we didn’t do a good enough job with the bylaw and folks didn’t understand it well, so on Feb. 26th, I presented a motion sending the bylaw back to the subreview committee and the motion also asked Administration to hold at least one public engagement session. This motion passed and I’m hopeful we’ll have a new bylaw with public engagement soon.

 

Also on Feb. 26th I read in a Notice of Motion regarding the Springbank Community Centre. About 15 or so years ago, Brenda Goode (a former Councillor) committed a small parcel of municipal reserve land (situated in Commercial Court) for the use of the Springbank Community Centre’s future home. Well, fast forward to today, we have a hard working group of volunteers in the Springbank Community Association trying to make this happen. My notice of motion is really about, if the site isn’t suitable for a community center (they believe it is too small), then the County could sell this unused MR and use those proceeds to help build a new hall. As many of you know, the Lion’s club was torn down and this wasreally our only public space for all uses. Now Council may decide sell or not to sell that land (and that’s ok) but it will begin the journey for us to explore how RVC can support this area through an investment in a community use space. Think of the Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre or Bragg Creek’s Community Space. Lots of opportunity for us to have something similar. How great would it be to have a space you could rent for weddings; receptions; anniversary parties, or a larger gymnasium so our schools could have an intermural sports program. A place where our community can truly utilize and socialize. I’m pretty excited about starting this journey with the Springbank Community Association and better yet, with all of you!

 

Council voted to begin the process of reviewing the County Plan. While for the most part the County Plan remains a sound planning document for RVC, however when the document was written, the Growth Management Board was not in place, nor did anyone involved in that plan know we were just entering a long sustain recession in Alberta. Those two things alone but coupled with new (Conrich/Omni) and upcoming (Springbank/Bearspaw) ASP’s means that it is time to have a look at it and check our assumptions. This will be done with major public consultation, so please stay involved. It could be that the document only requires minor enhancements or there could be areas where we thought we could grow, but it never materialized, so perhaps, if growth is warranted, a different area of the County could be focused on. Reviewing plans makes sense – they aren’t meant to sit on a shelf and
dusted off when convenient.

 

Approved Development Permits: Construction of an Accessory Building (storage) – 244082 RR 32 Personal Services Business & Signage – 6, 141 Commercial Drive Relaxation of maximum height, retaining walls – 32209 Springbank Road Equestrian Centre – 33039 – TWP Rd 243 4 x Showhomes Harmony – Sailfin Drive Side yard relaxation – 53 Cattail Run

 

Upcoming Community Events: (complete detail & more at: https://www.rockyview.ca/NewsEvents/Events.aspx) March 5th Working Wells – Bragg Creek March 6th
Septic Sense: Solutions for Rural Living March 13th Bees & Trees March 16th Building a Bumble Bee Box (this would be a great family event!) March 28th Vegetable Gardening

 

Coffee Chat Night:

 

Please join me for an informal Q&A after the Springbank Community Association meeting on Wednesday, March 27th. The SCA meeting will run from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, and I will remain after the meeting for any questions.

 

March 27th: Harmony Discovery Centre, 26 Arnica View (SCA 7:00pm to 8:30pm; Q&A at 8:30)

 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

Division 3: Kevin Hanson

kevin

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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