Committee Appointments, Meetings & Agendas

Council has established committees of Council to represent various civic interests and mandates. The committees are an important part of good governance of our community, and contribute to the prosperity and sustainability of Okotoks.  Committees examine issues and provide recommendations for approval by Council - you are encouraged to get involved in our community by serving on one of the boards or committees of Council.

Joining a Committee

Please note that any documentation, such as letters or emails, provided by residents to one of Council's committees could become part of that committee's agenda package and may be provided to the public for viewing. 

As well as the committees which have citizen representatives, Members of Council are also involved in a wide variety of regional committees, such as the Calgary Regional Partnership, Foothills-Okotoks Recreation Society and the Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission.

Council Boards and Committees
Assessment Review Board

The Assessment Review Board conducts hearings regarding property assessment appeals filed by Okotoks residents and businesses against their property assessments.  Hearings are held annually usually in late spring/early summer.  The Assessment Review Board is made up of 5 residents.

Corporate Governance Committee

The Corporate Governance Committee recommends the adoption of specific names for roads, bridges, new residential neighbourhoods, buildings, etc.; plans and stages events, ceremonies and special occasions specific to Council; reviews and/or develops corporate compensation objectives and policies; interviews applicants for Committees and Boards; and reviews governance issues such as the need for mandates for new Committees and Council matters.  There are 3 members of Council on this Committee.

Culture, Parks and Recreation Committee

The Okotoks and District Culture, Parks and Recreation Committee advises Council on matters relating to recreation, parks and culture within the Town.  As well as Okotoks representatives, the Municipal District (M.D.) of Foothills also has representatives on this committee due to a cost-sharing agreement between the Town and the M.D. to provide curling, swimming and ice arena services to M.D. residents.

Membership consists of Okotoks and M.D. citizens and Council Members, representatives from the Foothills School Division and Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools, the Okotoks Arts Council, and a youth position.

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) assists in promoting a climate for diversified economic development that sustains and fosters the creation of wealth, provides stable employment and a favourable tax base, while maintaining the quality of life for all residents.  Membership on the EDC consists of Okotoks citizens and Council Members, as well as a Chamber of Commerce representative. 

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

Emergency Advisory Committee

The Emergency Advisory Committee advises Council on the development of emergency plans and programs; and complies with the Procedure Bylaw, the Emergency Management Bylaw, The Alberta Emergency Plan, The Emergency Management Act and the
Municipal Government Act.  The Emergency Advisory Committee is comprised of 3 Council members. 

Family and Community Support Services Advisory Committee

The Family Community Support Services Advisory Committee guides Town Administration in the design and delivery of programs that promote well-being among individuals, families, and the community.  Membership consists of Okotoks citizens and Council Members and a youth position.

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

Finance and Budget Committee

The Finance and Budget Committee assists Administration with development and implementation of annual operating and capital budgets.  The Committee reviews and makes recommendations to Council on current and long range fiscal planning.  Membership consists of Okotoks citizens and Council Members. 

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

Municipal Planning Commission

Members of the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) review and approve applications for development permits and subdivision of land. Membership on the MPC consists of Okotoks citizens and Council Members.

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

Okotoks Public Library Board

The Okotoks Public Library Board determines the purpose and operation of the library and encourages development of services and activities for the benefit of residents. Membership on the Library Board consists of citizens from both the Town of Okotoks and the Municipal District of Foothills and a Town of Okotoks Council Member. 

Post-Secondary Education Committee

The Post-Secondary Education Committee works with various partners, stakeholders, school boards and community groups to develop and enhance an environment for additional post-secondary programs within the community.  Membership consists of citizens and Members of Council from the Town of Okotoks and Municipal District of Foothills, and representatives from the Okotoks Economic Development Committee, Bow Valley College, Foothills School Division and Christ the Redeemer School Division.

Public Safety and Security Committee

The Public Safety and Security Committee acts as a liaison between Council, the Okotoks RCMP, Municipal Enforcement and the citizens and fosters responsible community actions towards the creation of a safe, secure community.  Membership consists of Okotoks citizens, including a youth, and a Member of Council. 

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) addresses appeals against certain land use and development application decisions of the Development Officer or Municipal Planning Commission.  SDAB meets as required.  Membership consists of Okotoks citizens and Members of Council.

Upcoming Meetings Past Meetings

United Way/Okotoks Partnership Committee

The United Way/Okotoks Partnership Committee is supported by Town Council and sustains a partnership with the United Way of Calgary and area. The committee oversees a community fundraising campaign and distributes United Way funding to eligible organizations serving residents of Okotoks and surrounding area.  The Committee appoints additional community volunteers to serve on sub committees to help achieve its purpose. Membership consists of citizens from the Town of Okotoks and Municipal District of Foothills, as well as a Member of Okotoks Council. 

Regional Committees
Alberta Foothills Industrial Corridor Association

3 Members of Council are appointed to the Alberta Foothills Industrial Corridor Association.

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)

Councillor Tanya Thorn was elected to the AUMA Board of Directors in the position of Towns South for a two year term in October 2016.

Bow River Basin Water Council

The Town appoints 1 Member of Council to the Bow River Basin Water Council.

Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP)

The Calgary Regional Partnership is a collaborative undertaking that involves 15 member municipalities. Project initiatives include: a Regional Economic Development Strategy; an Emergency Response Enhancement; a Watershed Support System; a Regional Transportation Model; and, a Communications Strategy.  1 Member of Council is appointed to the CRP.

Community Futures Highwood Board

Community Futures Highwood Board is a non-profit community owned organization that has been serving the Highwood Region since 1986 under the leadership and direction of local municipalities.  Community Futures Highwood’s primary role within the region is to promote small business growth, generate jobs and build the capacity of regional communities to initiate and implement strategic development plans for a sustainable future.  The Town appoints a citizen of Okotoks and 1 Member of Council to the Community Future Highwood Board. 

Crescent Point Community Foundation

One member of Council is appointed to the Crescent Point Community Foundation.

Foothills Centennial Centre Foundation Board of Directors

2 Members of Council are appointed to the Foothills Centennial Centre Foundation Board of Directors.

Foothills-Okotoks Recreation Society

2 Members of Council are appointed to the Foothills-Okotoks Recreation Society.

Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission

In 1995, the Towns of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Okotoks, High River, and the Villages of Blackie, Cayley and Longview, and the MD of Foothills joined forces for the purpose of providing a regional emergency single call answer and transfer/dispatch system (E 9-1-1) for the Fire and Police Services and Emergency Medical Services provided to each of the participating municipalities. The Town of Okotoks appoints 1 Member of Council to the Commission.

Foothills Regional Services Commission (Landfill)

The Commission is a separate legal entity established in 1989 by the Province at the request of the Towns of Okotoks, High River, and the Municipal District of Foothills. The Commission's purpose is to own and operate the Frank Lake pipeline running from the Cargill plant to Frank Lake, as well as to administer the agreement between Cargill and member municipalities. In 1992 the Commission was expanded to include Turner Valley and Black Diamond and took over all operations of the Foothills Regional Waste Management Authority (landfill).  The Town of Okotoks appoints 1 Member of Council to the Commission.

Foothills Regional Water and Wastewater Collaborative

2 Members of Council are appointed to the Foothills Regional Water Collaborative.

Friends of Champion Park Society

3 Members of Council are appointed to the Friends of Champion Park Society.

Okotoks/MD of Foothills Intermunicipal Committee

The Intermunicipal Committee discusses matters of mutual interest to both the Town of Okotoks and the MD of Foothills. The Committee may make recommendations on inter-municipal matters to the respective Councils. 3 Members of Council are appointed to this committee.

Westwinds Communities

1 Member of Council is appointed to Westwinds Communities.

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