May 23rd, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 21
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Council updates: cannabis bylaw, open house, boat dock...
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council from left tor right: Councillors Marlene Anctil, Dave Filipuzzi, Doreen Glavin, Mayor Blair Painter, Councillors Lisa Sygutek, Gordon Lundy and Dean Ward.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Cannabis bylaw

A public hearing was held for the proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that accounted for cannabis retail and production facilities.
Members of the gallery presented their support or opposition for the bylaw.

The first speaker felt that Council was rushing the bylaw and what she perceived as a lack of planning in the zoning of the Sentinel Industrial Park.

"We have industrial, a junk pile, a storage unit, and helicopter pads, so aviation. Two years ago, you approved an RV park in there, so we have recreation. Now we're looking at cannabis, which is agriculture. So really, what's the plan for Sentinel Industrial Park?" they said.

She also questioned the availability of water for the production. According to Mayor Blair Painter, there are no plan to bring municipal water into that area as there is non-potable water available.

Recreational pot is expected to be made legal across the country this summer or fall. Councillor Lisa Sygutek pointed out that having municipal bylaws and regulations around cannabis production and retail is crucial to implement in a timely manner to be ready for the federal approval.

"We cannot sit back and wait until it's passed. It's not that we're trying to leave you out or trying to rush it. We're doing our due process," she said.

Another resident endorsed the bylaw, saying, "I think that the Pass gets left out on a lot of things. I've done extensive research with Colorado, Oregon and California and the amount of money brought into those communities that goes to good things... We can't turn a blind eye to that. The Pass needs infrastructure and opportunity and needs to be bringing new young people to the area and I'm for it."
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Council passed second reading of the bylaw with an amendment to include the definition of public parks, separating passive and active parks. Passive parks are green spaces with no children's equipment, such as the Gazebo Park in Blairmore, while active parks include playground equipment.

The amendment to the Land Use Bylaw defines and regulates cannabis retail and production within the municipality. The draft bylaw designates the Sentinel Industrial Park as a new "C-4 district", which is a district where cannabis production facilities are permitted.

A final public hearing will be scheduled prior to third reading of the bylaw.

Open house

The municipality will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the MDM from 3 to 7 p.m. where they will tackle hot topics like the possible installment of water meters in the community, downtown Coleman revitalization, Riversdale and other community issues that people feel are important.

The municipality is also looking to gather public input on what type of beautification they would like to see in the community. At this time, Council has directed Administration to determine whether the topic should be included in the municipal open house on June 20, or whether a separate open house focusing specifically on beautification should be held the next day on June 21 at the MDM.
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Unsightly premises

The municipality is clamping down on unsightly premises with an awareness campaign.

Council directed Administration to develop a plan for advertising, enforcement and education. Residents can refer to the Community Standards Bylaw on the municipal website for details on conditions considered unsightly, which includes things like uncut grass, abandoned vehicles and rubbish on a property.

Boat dock

The municipality is considering repairing the boat dock at Crowsnest Lake and directed Administration to bring back an estimate on how much it would cost.

According to Mayor Blair Painter, the current dock was designed to fold up and sit on the shore during the winter months. However, it was neglected to be removed in the fall and was damaged by the ice.

Ski hill hiking trail

A Crowsnest Pass resident approached Council to express his concern about a trail project involving the United Riders of Crowsnest (UROC) group. A new International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Epic trail will be passing through the Pass Powderkeg Ski Area and one of the IMBA trail building standards is to eliminate the cross-breeding of trails. This means that any trails that cross the IMBA Epic are closed.

According to the resident, who is an avid hiker in the Pass Powderkeg, one would have to cross bike trails "no less than seven times" on the way to the top.

Council directed Administration to examine options for a solution for a trail with no or minimal intersections with bike trails.
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