Beiseker councillors discuss land use bylaw, municipal development plan
Beiseker Council Briefs: From the Jan. 28 meeting
Monday, Feb 04, 2013 11:48 am
Council gave first reading to its land use bylaw.
The new bylaw updates definitions of several terms, revises the appeals section for clarity and updates the Land Use District Map.
The map designates currently vacant land with no development planning in place back to urban reserve land that can be developed in the future.
Lambert said the changes will be minor.
Council also reviewed the municipal development plan bylaw and unanimously passed a motion for the first reading. Changes to the bylaw are similar to those outlined in the updated Land Use District Map.
According to Lambert, the bylaws haven’t been updated in more than a decade.
Council will host a public hearing on both bylaws on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
Deputy Mayor Al Henuset reminded council the Village’s planning group asked the Village several months ago if Beiseker wanted a bylaw or peace officer for the community.
Courtman said council discussed the issue but did not pursue it because of associated costs.
Henuset asked what other municipalities are doing and suggested it is something they might want to pursue at the next inter-municipal meeting, the date of which is yet to be determined. Lambert said council may want to discuss the need for an officer with MLA Rob Anderson as well.
Henuset was also interested in who is responsible for keeping the Village website up-to-date because he noticed the minutes of council meetings had not been updated for several weeks.
He suggested the website be taken down if it cannot be kept current.
Lambert informed the deputy mayor the employee who was responsible for the site had left, leaving them short-staffed.
She said she would remind the employee who had taken on the website to update the council minutes.
A motion to accept the reports was made by Councillor Karen Ursu and was passed unanimously.
Tax due date
The due date for taxes will be moved from Aug. 31 to July 31.
The Village is hoping to ease cash flow issues with the earlier due date.
Beiseker residents now have 72 hours to clear the snow.
Council extended the time limit from its previous 24 hours to accommodate residents who are away for the weekend and to avoid paying overtime to public works staff.