Pattern Book to be reviewed over next seven months

During their regular meeting Monday night, Sylvan Lake councillors:

During their regular meeting Monday night, Sylvan Lake councillors:

• approved a work plan to review the Pattern Book over the next seven months.

The book outlines urban design guidelines which regulate development within the Waterfront Direct Control District, which is basically most of the area north of the railway tracks. Used in conjunction with the town’s Land Use Bylaw, it provides building development regulations including height, scale, massing and setbacks as well as uses and architectural character for the downtown.

A timeline with the plan proposes a meeting with developers and stakeholders in April and an open house to review proposed changes in July.

• approved second and third reading of a bylaw to increase the rate at the Waste Transfer Site. Sylvan Lake residents will now pay $74 per tonne while non-residents will pay $130 per tonne to dispose of solid waste at the facility. There is a $5 minimum charge for residential waste disposal but no charge for yard waste, paint, tires, e-waste and other recyclables. The previous rates were $70 and $122 respectively. The last increase was in 2006.

• awarded a contract to Miller Dickinson Blais to create an investment attraction strategy and implementation plan at a cost of $44,625 plus GST. Nine proposals were received and evaluated.

They also approved a project work plan which indicates the work is aimed to “accelerate the Town of Sylvan Lake’s ability to attract investment”. The plan is to provide “short, medium and long-term projects, tools and resources that will prepare the community for industrial investment attraction as a targeted means to diversify the economy”.