Wednesday, 8 May 2019

May 8 Update - Enhanced Policing Presentation, Public Works, Spring Road Bans & Landfill Extended Hours

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, CLICK HERE to be taken to the website to view it.

Burnco Open House

Last Wednesday, May 1st, Burnco hosted an Open House at the Turner Valley golf course to get feedback from area residents about a proposed expansion to their gravel operation north of Black Diamond.

There was a great deal of information provided.  If you have concerns, feel free to contact Travis Coates at

If you would like to fill out a comment form to submit your concerns, click here to download.

To download the poster/presentation boards they had at the open house, click here.

As I mention in the video, they have not yet made application so if you have concerns that you'd like to address feel free to reach out to them at the above contact information to get your questions answered.

Foothills County Enhanced Policing Update (@ 1:12)

On Wednesday, May 8th, Council received an update presentation from members of the Okotoks, Turner Valley and High River RCMP detachments on how the County's Enhanced Policing Project was going and provide 1st quarter results.

The feedback we received from the officers were extremely positive with them demonstrating decreases in both personal and property crimes.  The increased presence they are providing within the far west of Millarville and north west, Priddis areas have had a very favorable impact.

Council has decided to continue on with the project as it has been going so well.

Public Works Road Crews (@ 2:45)

Public works updated Council that they have their full contingent of seasonal crews back up and working.  As I mentioned previously, the winter was not kind to the County roads so there is a lot of work for them to do.

If you have problem areas with your roads, contact the public works department to report the issues and they will place them on the list for repair.  Since there is a lot to do, they will get to them as quickly as possible.

Spring Road Bans Coming Off May 13th (@ 3:20)

The Spring Road Bans will be lifted May 13th.  Visit the Public Works web page for updates:

Foothills Regional Landfill - Extended Hours

Image may contain: cloud, sky, outdoor and nature

May 6 - June 27, we will stay open from 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are regular hours for the site. Note, only the Throw & Go area stays open past 4:30 for small residential loads.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

April 17th Update - Secondary Suites and Land Use Bylaw Amendments (incl. backyard chickens, solar, accessory building sizes and temporary RV storage)

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, CLICK HERE to be taken to the website to view it. 

Secondary Suites Receive 2nd and 3rd Reading (@ 0:14)

Today Council passed the new bylaw for Secondary Suites on parcels over 2 acres.  This is something we have been working on for a long time now and we are happy to be to this point.

Some of you may remember and participated in the Open Houses the County hosted in March and June 2018.  We thank you very much for your feedback and we did our best to incorporate it into this new bylaw.

Proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendments (@ 1:54)

Some of you may remember back to December of 2014 when Council passed a new Land Use Bylaw.  Since then, we have been re-visiting it often in attempts to improve it for all residents. 

Here were a few of the items Council discussed amending in it today:
  1. Accessory building sizes
  2. Temporary RV storage 
  3. Backyard Chickens
  4. Permitting process for Solar
 This was just a few of the items we discussed and will look at further as council has directed staff to come back with further information.  More detail can be found in the video above.  

As always, if there is anything that you would like me to include in my updates, just let me know by sending me a message on Facebook or sending me an email.  I always want to keep you up to date on the latest happening in our community.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

April 10 Update - Fire Smart Event, County Roads & additional South West Calgary Ring Road Traffic Interruptions

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the headline above it to be taken to the website to view it. 

Fire Smart Event (@ 25 seconds)

Some of you may remember back in November, I hosted an event with Division 4 Councillor, Suzanne Oel, a public event to discuss the fire we experienced out west last year.  Part of the presentation was put on by members of the Foothills Fire Department (FFD).  They discussed a federal program called Fire Smart (details can be found at  

That night, I started discussions with the FFD about the possibility of hosting a Fire Smart Event at Square Butte Hall this spring and got the ball rolling.  The FFD has been trying ever since to nail down a date with Fire Smart Canada to do an official presentation and have not yet been able to confirm a date as of yet.

However, they recently notified me that there would be a Fire Smart Open House held in Bragg Creek on May 11th from 2-4 pm.  I do not yet have a location but will let you know as soon as I do.  If you are interested in further information, feel free to attend the open house and check out the website above.

We will continue to work towards hosting our own event but in the meantime, this is better than nothing.

Foothills County Roads - Spring Breakup (@1:37)

Foothills Council received an update this morning from the Public Works department that the winter was not very kind to the County roads.  The spring breakup has lived true to its name and the roads are in far worse condition than normal.  

The bad news is, with the amount of work that will need to go into repairing the roads, it will take away from building and resurfacing projects they had planned as obviously, the repairs need to be a priority.  

As I mentioned in my update last week (click here for that update), the frost is deeper than normal and still has a ways to come out.  Repairs cannot be done until the frost is out and that may be as long as a month from now.  The seasonal road crews will be brought back on at that time and will get to work as fast as possible.

Bottom line is, if you have issues with your road, feel free to report it to public works so it gets added to their repair list, however, it may be longer than normal until they get to it.  Please be patient as they will get to it as quickly as they can.

South West Calgary Ring Road - Traffic Interruptions (@3:12)

As I reported last week, there has been a number of traffic disruptions and will continue to be until the project is completed.  There are a few new ones that have recently started and some that will beginning this Friday, April 12th. See below image for links to the details on each of them.
  • Drilling Pilling from 90 Ave sw to Highway 22x on Macleod Trail
    • Started: April 1st
    • Scheduled Completion - Sometime summer 2019
    • Construction Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-10pm, Sundays and Holidays 9am-10pm
    • For map and further details, click here.
  • Lane Closure of left southbound land on Macleod at 22x
    • Friday April 12th
    • Hours: 9am-3pm
    • For map and further details, click here.
  • Haul Crossing on westbound Highway 22x at 24th St
    • Start Date: Friday, April 12th
    • Scheduled Completion: Aug 30/19
    • Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm
    • For map and further details, click here.
  • Haul Crossing on 22x eastbound ramp to northbound Macleod Trail
    • Started: March 20th
    • Scheduled Completion: June 7/19
    • Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm
    • For map and further details, click here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019



Haul Crossing on Highway 22X at 24 Street

Location: Westbound Highway 22X at the intersection with 24 Street S.W.

Impacts:  Haul trucks crossing Highway 22X resulting in periodic stoppages of traffic. Traffic control personnel directing vehicles

Reason: Moving material for construction of new road in the median of Highway 22X

Start date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Completion date: Friday, August 30, 2019

Work hours: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Speed reduction: 50 km/h from 70 km/h (when the haul is active)

Other information: 24 Street in the median of Highway 22X is closed to public traffic

To view the images below in PDF format, CLICK HERE.

Traffic Advisory - 22x and Macleod Trail - South West Calgary Ring Road


Haul Crossing on Highway 22X Ramp to Macleod Trail

Location: The exit ramp from eastbound Highway 22X to northbound Macleod Trail S.E.

Impacts:  Haul trucks crossing the ramp resulting in periodic stoppages of traffic.  There will be Traffic control personnel directing vehicles.

Reason: Earthworks for bridge structures

Start date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Completion date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Work hours:
Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To download the images in pdf format, click here.

April 3rd Update - Fire Season, Frost and Tree Workshop

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the headline above it to be taken to the website to view it. 

Fire Season Reminder

With the warmer weather and the ground drying out, that puts us at risk of fires.  If you have any burns to do, be sure to get your burn permit online at


Open fires are allowed by obtaining a burning permit online or in person at the Heritage Pointe Fire Station or call the station at 403-603-3571.

Burning barrels with screen covers and located on non combustible surfaces will also be allowed. Caution is to be observed with any fire.

With the strong wind that tend to come up, we want to be sure that you keep safe!

Frost and Roads (@ 1:05)

In talking with the Public Department today, they informed me that approximately 1 metre of frost has come out of the ground with slightly over 1 metre remaining.  

What does this mean for you?  

It means a couple things.  First, Public Works are not able to complete repairs until the frost has fully come out of the ground as the work they would do, would just be undone again.  Second, if you are having issues with your roads, feel free to still report it to them.  Third, they will unlikely be able to do the repair for likely around a month until the frost is fully out and the seasonal staff is back to work.

So, have patience with the roads, but still feel free to report issues if you find them so they get on the list for repair.

Tree Planting and Maintenance Workshop (@ 1:58)


There is another tree workshop coming up on April 10th at 9:30 am at the Scott Seaman Sports Rink at Heritage.  To reserve your seats, visit:

Thursday, 28 March 2019

March 28th Update - Remembering Roy Mclean, Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society, RMA Convention and Tree Maintenance Workshop

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the headline above it to be taken to the website to view it. 

Remembering Roy Mclean

I want to start off this update with acknowledging the passing of Roy Mclean.  For those of you not aware, Roy was a Municipal Councillor for the Foothills for 21 years.  Of those years, he served as the Reeve or 10 of those years.

He spent the better part of his life in the Foothills having moved here from New Brunswick with his family in 1942.  His contributions to the municipality were many and we should all be grateful for his many years of service.

Roy was a true cowboy and gentleman in every sense of the word and he will be missed.  

For more on Roy's life, click here.

Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society (@ 1:16)


At the Foothills Regional Landfill there is also a salvage centre where you can donate used items that are resold and the funds invested back into the community?  

On their website they state:

"The Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society (FSRS) is a Not For Profit Society dedicated to keeping usable and recyclable items out of the landfill. In doing so the FSRS makes their items accessible through their facility: to purchase at an affordable price or free through programs such as the Family Resource center in Okotoks. The FSRS’s goal is to help the residents of the Foothills area, not only with affordable items, but also through donations of proceeds to charitable organizations within the Foothills, annually."

Every year, they donate in the neighborhood of $175,000+ back into the community.  So, if you have items that you no longer use taking up space in your house/garage/shop, instead of throwing them into the garbage/landfill, you should see if they can be taken at the salvage centre.

It is a true Win-Win!

For more information on the Salvage centre, visit:
For more on the Landfill, visit:

Rural Municipalities of Alberta Spring Convention (@ 2:53)

From March 18-20th, some of Foothills Council attended the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Spring Convention.  For those of you not familiar, the RMA is:

"an independent association comprising Alberta’s 69 counties and municipal districts. Since 1909, we have helped rural municipalities achieve strong, effective local government." 

The conventions are an opportunity for all of the 69 rural municipalities to come together to pass resolutions in order to lobby the provincial government for rural specific needs.  They provide a great deal of education and opportunities to network with councillors and staff for other rural communities.

With the 2019 Provincial Election having been called during the event, there was not as much interaction directly with the provincial government but was still a valuable event to attend.
Image from:

One of the highlights was an energetic and well documented presentation from Vivian Krause about the campaign to shut down Alberta's tar sands and where the funds from the campaign has come from.  Very interesting insight.  If you would like more information, visit her website at:

Final Tree Workshop - April 10th (@ 2:40)

Topic: Tree Planting & Maintenance Workshop
Location: Scott Seaman Sports Rink at Heritage
Time: 9-11:30 am

See image below for more details:

Thursday, 14 March 2019

March 13th Update - Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, Secondary Suites Implementation Plan and Tree Workshops

Note: If your are receiving this in your email and the video below does not show up, click the headline above it to be taken to the website to view it. 

I was unable to do this video Live as Facebook had crashed so I recorded it separately and am including this in my updates now in case you missed it previously.

Here are the timestamps for the items I discussed:
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw @ 0:00
  • Secondary Suites Update @ 1:15
  • Tree Workshops @ 2:40
For the text details on this post, see my website post here:

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

March 13th Update - Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, Secondary Suites Implementation Plan and Tree Workshops (Square Butte Hall)

Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw

Today Foothills Council provided 2nd and 3rd Readings to the new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  

For more information on the bylaw, CLICK HERE for my previous post where I go into more detail on it.

It may be a bit before the new bylaw is posted on the County website, but for information on the previous bylaw, you can visit:  This is likely where the updated bylaw will be posted.  As soon as hear it is live, I will be sure to let you know.

Secondary Suites Implementation Plan

On January 30, 2019 Foothills Council gave first reading to the draft Land Use Bylaw amendments to allow for secondary suites on parcels 2 acres in size and larger.  At that time, Council requested staff come back with details on how these amendments may be implemented.

Today, staff discussed with Council the proposed implementation strategy.  The strategy outlined the following:
  • Education for the public on Secondary Suites
  • Comprehensive Information for the public
  • Details on the permitting process and Safety Code approvals
  • Secondary Suites registry
  • Timelines for coming into compliance
  • Enforcement of Non-Permitted Suites
  • Next Steps for future phases
Council accepted the implementation plan and a more finalized version should come back before Council prior to the Land Use Bylaw Amendments to allow for Secondary Suites receiving second and third readings.  For more information on Secondary Suites, see my post HERE.  For the most recent version of the proposed amendment, CLICK HERE.

Tree Workshops and Square Butte Hall and Seaman Sports Rink