PROPOSED BYLAW INCLUDES REGULATIONS FOR FUTURE BREWERIES AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES
A review of the Land Use Bylaw 1555/2010 has led to the first reading of Bylaw 1695/2015. The first draft of the bylaw details where businesses such as alcohol brewing pubs, small-scale alcohol operations, and medical marijuana facilities would be allowed to develop according to information presented to Council.
The draft of the bylaw for first reading also includes regulations for where adult entertainment merchandise stores, drinking establishments, alternative energy sources, painted wall murals will be allowed to be placed in addition to many other topics surrounding residential, commercial and industrial land uses.
Within the draft of the Bylaw 1695/2015 it is stated medical marijuana facilities would only be allowed to apply for discretionary uses of land in the light industrial district or the heavy industrial district. Small-scale alcohol operations would be allowed to apply for discretionary uses of land in the light industrial area with brewery/pubs being allowed to apply for land use in the highway commercial district.
More information will be made available in regards to any additional changes made during second and third readings of the bylaw in upcoming meetings of Council.
UPDATES MADE TO DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR NEW SUBDIVISIONS
Following the release of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) in late 2015, Council heard from Dave Brand, director of Public Works that changes are being made to align with visions presented in the TMP.
The draft has not yet been circulated internally to the staff but Brand stated it will propose changes to content such as updating street guidelines to include dark-sky friendly lighting that would reduce light pollution in the town and LED light bulbs in all new installations, clarification on expectations in regards to street layouts and trail networks in a new development as well as requirements that developers provide and Environmental Construction Operations Plan that conforms with current provincial standards.
Mayor McIntyre stated his ‘wish list’ for the draft would include additions such as wider roads and he endorsed the dark-sky policy.
COUNCIL TALKS ONGOING GRAFFITI CONCERNS
The Town hopes to have a community standards program up and running by the end of May in order to address graffiti concerns throughout the municipality. The proposed program would aim to address and identify undesirable or anti-social behaviour that may have an impact on the community.
Examples of projects that the program and proposed task force could spearhead would include offering graffiti removal cleanup kits and/or implementing a project that would see photo wraps placed on utility boxes said director of Community Services, Ron Lebsack during his report to Council.
The subject was tabled until the next meeting with direction provided by Council to administration that they would like to see more clarification on the role the Task Force would play.
COUNCIL HEARS REPORT ON POTENTIAL ‘LIFESTYLE’ AMENITIES APARTMENT COMPLEX
4402-4410 50a Ave. in Sylvan Lake may become home to a modernized apartment complex in the coming years with the architect,Terry Collier of EFG Architects Inc. stating it has the potential to become a ‘legacy project’ for the firm and the developers due to the ‘once in a lifetime’ property location one block off Lakeshore Drive.
Collier told Council the building will hopefully be a ‘project of merit’ and that this type of architectural project will become increasingly popular in future years. The complex will feature what Collier referred to as lifestyle amenities such as a theatre room,games room, exercise room, a lounge and potentially a roof top terrace.
He suggested a number of different designs to Council and although developers and architects would ideally like to make the building seven stories they don’t believe that the Town would allow it due to height restrictions placed on buildings in the waterfront direct control district, so they also shared other designs showing other floor number options.