By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
Coaldale town council held a Public Hearing July 10 at the Hub during a regular council meeting to discuss Bylaw #731-P-06-17 Amendment to Seasons Area Structure Plan.
“This hearing is being held in accordance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA), specifically Section 692, which deals with amendments to planning documents,” said Ryan Dyck from the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC), filling in for the town’s Director of Planning and Development Spencer Croil. First reading of the bylaw was passed June 12, according to Dyck.
After much deliberation and discussion at the Public Hearing, a motion was made for council to give second reading of Bylaw #731-P-06-17 — to allow the installation and operation of a resident-controlled gate on the east end of the Seasons manufactured home community, with said amendment to come into effect Oct. 15, provided a resident-controlled gate is installed and operational. The motion was carried, with Coun. Bill Chapman opposed.
Council also made the motion to give third reading of Bylaw #731-P-06-17. The motion was carried, with Coun. Bill Chapman opposed.
A spokesperson addressed council on behalf of the Seasons Condo Association.
“As taxpayers, we very much appreciate being able to use the town road to access the Town of Coaldale. It makes so much more sense for many reasons. Just to mention a few — is the ease for faster emergency and health services, more visible community policing, also with it being closed we’ve had many residents from the westside of the Cottonwood area and that coming through the development going around the barriers or going outside and around the new construction phase going on and still coming through our area,” the spokesperson said, adding getting rid of the barrier would make it easier for mail delivery, garbage and recycling service and bussing for students during the school year.
A resident from the 30 Avenue area spoke on behalf of some of the residents living in the area and presented a “unique perspective” on traffic and capacity in the area, as a resident near to where many safety and traffic concerns have been at the forefront for years.
“Traffic has changed drastically since the temporary opening of the Seasons and the development of the road coming from Cottonwood. To add to this the increased traffic during soccer and baseball season,” the spokesperson noted. Safety is a major concern for residents in regards to speed and pedestrians walking in the area, according to reports from the public at the hearing.
Another motion was carried and approved by council in regards to the design, installation and operational parameters of the resident-controlled gate at the Seasons.
Council made the motion to establish the operational, design, installation and ongoing maintenance parameters of the residential-controlled gate, along the east end of the Seasons, as follows:
1. That any and all costs associated with the installation, operation and maintenance of the gate be borne by the developer.
2. That an agreement be entered into between the town and Condominium Corporation 1013774 regarding operational matters such as but not limited to:
a. the expectation the gate is to be closed at all times other than when residents, protective services, delivery and other service vehicles require access to or from the Seasons manufactured home community
b. who the responsibility lies with if the gate is left open for an extended period of time and a traffic-related issue arises due to this
c. any other operational matters as deemed necessary by the town
3. That the specifications of the exact location and design/installation of the gate is subject to approval by the town, including the provision of primary and back-up power to ensure operation of date is unaffected by power outages. The motion was carried 5-0.
There were two other motions passed during the council meeting. Council made the motion that 13 Street be extended from the intersection of 13 Street and 30 Avenue, to connect with 13 Street, north of the SMRID canal on the express condition the developer of the Seasons ASP area be willing to enter into a cost-share arrangement to the satisfaction of council.
Further, the additional funds required to complete the project be taken from the portion of the town’s off-site levy reserve generated by the Seasons development.
Further, that said roadwork be completed on or before October 1, 2018. And further, if the extension to 13 Street is not completed by October 1, 2018 administration is instructed to bring an amending bylaw back to council for reconsideration of how to proceed with the gate, in relation to the potential longer-term impacts of additional traffic from the Seasons manufactured home community in the context of existing roadways.
Another motion passed by council was for council to direct administration to set aside funds in the town’s 2018 capital plan for the purpose of completing pedestrian walkways along 30 Avenue and 17 Street. Further, that said upgrades be complete in 2018.