by Colin Smith
Town Council has approved a bylaw allowing commercial and business industrial development in an area along 100 Street north of Cardiff Road and east of 100 Street. Bylaw 3/2015 amends the Land Use Bylaw to redistrict a 24-acre parcel from Urban Reserve (UR) District to Corridor Commercial (C-3), Commercial and Industrial Service (CIS), and Parks and Open Spaces (POS) Districts. Application for the redistricting was made by IBI Group.
Council gave second and third readings to the bylaw Tuesday following a public hearing, during which a resident expressed concerns that the proposed development area contained wetlands.
Planning and Development position
Council has approved the addition of an additional Planning and Development staff member to support Economic Development in response to the increased activity in Morinville.
The $67,000 salary and benefits for the clerk position can be covered by the existing 2015 approved budget.
On Mar. 24, Council had asked the Administration to provide it with information on the cost to add a position to address capacity issues related to economic development and growth pressures, something identified in the recent Organizational Review.
Residential waste minimization
A report on the progress of the Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee was received by Council as information.
The Committee is a voluntary group of technical and political representatives from 24 municipalities in the Alberta Capital Region, including Morinville.
The update by Public Works Director Claude Valcourt provided a review of the committee’s recommendations on residential waste minimization in the areas of performance management, education and communications, recycling harmonization, contract management and information sharing.
The report states that recommendations are generally meant to be “quick wins” that could easily be implemented over the next year.