Public Consultation on Bylaws

Bylaws created by the Town of Okotoks are regularly reviewed and updated by Council. All bylaws require three readings by Council before they take effect. The Town encourages public feedback  on bylaws which have a significant effect on citizens of Okotoks, such as animal control or traffic bylaws.

Upcoming Public Hearings

Public Hearings have been scheduled for Monday, June 25, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Centre Council Chamber for the following bylaws:

Bylaw 21-18

The purpose of Bylaw 21-18 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 to allow for rural land uses currently within the recently annexed lands to continue, and includes the addition of two land use districts, Agriculture and Country Residential, as well as definitions and regulations for rural land uses occurring within the annexed area.

Bylaw 22-18

The purpose of Bylaw 22-18 is is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 by designating newly annexed lands from Agricultural District, Country Residential District, Recreation District, Public Utility District, Direct Control District 15 and Direct Control District 29 (in the MD of Foothills No. 31 Land Use Bylaw) to Agriculture District, Country Residential District, Public Service District, and Restricted Development District.

For further information on the above bylaws please contact Amanda Brinda, Senior Planner.

Bylaw 28-18

The purpose of Bylaw 28-18 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 by adding Flea Markets to the listed uses in the Direct Control District located at 100 Stockton Avenue.

For further information on Bylaw 28-18 please contact Colleen Thome, Development Planner.

Bylaw 30-18

The purpose of Bylaw 30-18 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 to align with and incorporate recent changes to provincial legislation as it relates to the regulation of retail cannabis sales.

Bylaw 31-18  

The purpose of Bylaw 31-18 is to amend Land Use Bylaw 40-98 to address consistencies between cannabis related uses and adult entertainment uses.

Bylaw 32-18

The purpose of Bylaw 32-18 is to amend Business License Bylaw 20-13 to align with provincial legislation, namely the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act, and Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Regulation.

For further information on the above bylaws, please contact Kari Idland, Development Planner. 

Bylaw 33-18

The purpose of Bylaw 33-18 is to regulate the public consumption of cannabis in the Town of Okotoks.

Bylaw 34-18

The purpose of Bylaw 34-18 is to regulate smoking in the Town of Okotoks.

Bylaw 35-18

The purpose of Bylaw 35-18 is to amend Community Standards Bylaw 19-10 by adding "nuisance odour" as an offence.  

For further information on the above bylaws, please contact Kelly Stienwand, Municipal Enforcement Manager.  

Public Hearings Process

Many bylaws, especially land use bylaws, require advertising and a public hearing before Council may approve them.  These are referred to as statutory public hearings, and are usually scheduled at a regular Council meeting.  Notice of the hearing is posted on the Town’s website and advertised in the local paper for two weeks before the hearing.  

Public feedback is welcome on bylaws. Please note that any feedback, including letters, emails, or in person, become part of the public record and may be published in a Council agenda package which is posted on the Town’s website for public viewing.

Process for presenting to Council

During the public hearing, members of the public are provided with an opportunity to speak in favour of or against the proposed bylaw. Speakers are allowed 5 minutes to address Council.

Those in favour of the bylaw speak first, followed by those opposed to it. You will be asked  to state your name and address.  Following your presentation, Council may ask you questions.

Written comments and suggestions are also accepted.   Submissions mailed to the Town should be typewritten and must be received by 12:00 noon on the Wednesday before the public hearing.  Eighteen (18) duplicate copies should accompany any written submissions received at the hearing. 

 

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