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Offsite levy bylaw back in public eye

by Adrienne Tait July, advertisements on changes which are more p a r t n e r s h i p
the town website, and easily done. opportunities with local
It was a full house at the letters to west-end I n a f o l l o w - u p developers or other
Town of Edson public landowners. There was interview Sroka said he levels of government in
hearing regarding the a p u b l i c h e a r i n g would prefer to see the order to facilitate their
annual rate changes to following the passing of town look into municipal infrastructure needs.
their offsite levy bylaw. the first reading of the bonds, grants and The offsite levies
The bylaw requires the bylaw. increased taxes to help collected can only be
town to evaluate the Town assistant CAO pay for infrastructure used for four specific
schedules and amend Brigitte Lemieux said, costs. “Imposing tax areas of including feeder
rates according to “If a property owner levies on land that is roads, sanitary sewer,
current construction wants to build a fence, undeveloped is not storm water, and a
costs, projects added or the fence is not placing reasonable,” said Sroka. waterline. Mayor
r e m o v e d , a n d an additional burden on Lemieux said, “I Pasychny said, “That's
adjustments to the net our infrastructure, thought the Mayor did a the law. It is against the
developable area on an therefore the property very good job explaining law to spend it on
annual basis. owner would not pay why offsites were anything else.”
Several concerns about offsites. But if the introduced. It may be a Council passed 2nd and
the levy were expressed property owner wants to concept new to Edson 3rd reading of Bylaw Mayor Greg Pasychny answered questions
by members of the public build a house on a vacant but not to many other 2147 for the adjusted during a public hearing on annual rate changes to
including the cost to lot, then that house is c o m m u n i t i e s . I rates. the offsite levy bylaw. Photo: Adrienne Tait
business owners with placing an additional appreciated the public
large sections of land, b u r d e n o n o u r involvement at the Field trip to Hinton with
and lack of information infrastructure, therefore h e a r i n g . S h o u l d
given to the public. The offsites apply.” changes be wanted to the Early Childhood Matters
offsite levy rate is Business owner and bylaw it's council they
applied per hectare and developer Grant Sroka must convince – our role The Edson Coalition for Early development and bring back important
not the value of a project a s k e d a b o u t as administration is to Childhood Matters, will be traveling information to share with fellow
and can be charged only amortization periods to implement policy set by from Edson to Hinton by coach bus on workers, family members, and your
at the time of subdivision allow those most greatly council. This was an September 29. The Norlien Foundation organization.
or development. affected the time to pay opportunity for the from Calgary is hosting a luncheon Space is very limited so don't miss
Mayor Greg Pasychny the levy. Under the public to speak directly with guest speaker, Nancy Mannix. your chance. You need to book ahead
and council used the current policy offsite to council about their Nancy will be speaking on Brain to seating on the bus and a head count
opportunity to explain levies over $800,000 can concerns.” Development, the Core Story. This is a for the meal. Sorry only registered
why they felt the levies be paid back to the town Sroka said while powerful presentation regarding the guests will be able to attend.
are necessary for future over a three year period. council “answered the early years and brain development, For more information on this
growth. C o u n c i l l o r J a n e t questions and concerns including ideas about what can be done opportunity, please contact Deanna at
The offsite levy bylaw Wilkinson asked if to the best of their to help raise the bar in Alberta for 780-723-6263.
was passed last year after changes to the bylaw k n o w l e d g e ” h i s school readiness. If you would like to check out more
approximately one year were still possible. perception is that council It offers the opportunity to gain a better about the Norlien Foundation visit
worth of preparation While the bylaw is not as is “justifying current understanding about how important the
work including media easily changed, issues a c t i o n s b a s e d o n first five years are in a child's
interviews in both papers such as amortization mistakes made 20 years
and on the radio, a public p e r i o d s m a y b e ago” and would prefer to
meeting/open house last addressed under policy s e e t h e m e x p l o r e
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