Update to Residents
By Jerry Arshinoff
Rocky View councillor-Div. 2 Springbank
July 28 Open House:
Transportation Offsite Levy
Taking place Thursday, July 28, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rocky View County administrative building.
What is the Transportation Offsite Levy (TOL)?
Is an important levy, imposed on anyone who subdivides land.
The money raised through this levy is intended for transportation improvement due to increased traffic.
I am in agreement with the concept. However, there is a problem in the manner of who is charged and how much.
How the TOL may affect Springbank landowners?
The TOL is not an across-the-board fee, and those subdividing in Springbank are charged an exceptionally high amount.
Anyone who owns 5 to 10 acres and wishes to create a 2 to 4-acre lot for one additional home will be charged $150,000 to $200,000 – just for transportation. This is on top of all other fees and subdivision expenses.
Why is the TOL needed?
In my assessment, funds collected through the TOL will be used to pay for future roads, bridges and interchanges needed because of large population—and traffic—increases resulting from large developments. Small traffic increases resulting from modest subdivision would not require such costly infrastructure improvements.
Check the information available in Rocky View website to see whether you agree or not with my assessment.
I especially encourage those who may be affected to attend the July 28 open house and voice any concerns.
Why an Open House in Summer?
Holding an Open House on a Thursday just before a long weekend in the middle of summer virtually guarantees poor attendance and may be a waste of Rocky View staff time.
I have asked that another Open House be held after summer – in September or October – however I don’t know if my request will be agreed to. You should therefore assume this Thursday will be your only chance so please try to attend.
If you cannot attend please be sure to send your comments to email@example.com,
I would appreciate it if you would send me a CC of any such comments.
Letter on proposed Springbank Dry Dam
On Monday July 25, Rocky View will be submitting another letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency detailing concerns, recommendations and alternatives.
The letter has not yet been finalized, but I expect the final text will be acceptable to Rocky View residents.
Motion to ensure event cleanup
I have brought a Notice of Motion (NOM) to Council regarding cycling events in Rocky View. My motion asks for a bylaw by which event organizers would make a deposit ensuring the route is appropriately cleaned of garbage after the event. If it’s not, the deposit would be forfeited. Occasionally, clean up has not been done, resulting in residents living along the route having to do it. My motion also requests that events be notified well in advance.
This motion will be debated in Council this Tuesday, July 26.
In the event the motion is approved, it will not be in force immediately—possibly not until next summer.
Ride to Conquer Cancer Aug. 6 and 7
The Alberta Cancer Association will be hosting the 2016 Ride to Conquer Cancer Tour from August 6 to August 7
Location: Springbank Rd and Rge Rd 31 within Rocky View County (see map below).
Estimated Timeframe: August 7 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Description: Alberta Cancer Association will be hosting the 2016 Ride to Conquer Cancer Tour. The tour will start in Okotoks and finish at Canada Olympic Park in the City of Calgary, with part of the tour route within the Springbank area. Proper signage, message boards, flaggers and marshals will be present along the race route throughout the event. Please respect all posted signage and watch for event participants. Inquiries can be directed to Aryn Guthrie (Event Manager) at 403-775-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org