Members wanted for land use bylaw forum

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The City of Airdrie is looking for members for its new Land Use Bylaw Stakeholder Forum. According to Stephen Utz, manager of Community Growth, the forum will help the City keep the Land Use Bylaw (LUB), approved by council in 2016, “relevant and practical.”

“It was part of the commitment that was made to council when the LUB was adopted on June 6, 2016,” he said.

The forum is not a formal committee of council, but instead is being established by the City’s Planning and Development department. It will include members from the development industry, community associations and residents at large.

“It’s a cross section of stakeholders and the people of Airdrie that are affected by the LUB that will meet regularly to discuss emerging issues, trends and any concerns related to the bylaw, or things that need to be adjusted as it evolves over time,” said William Czaban, senior planner.

Airdrie’s original LUB was drafted in 2005. Czaban said the work of drafting the new LUB, including public and stakeholder consultations, had taken about four years. Municipalities are required to have a LUB under the provincial Municipal Government Act (MGA).

The volunteer LUB Stakeholder Forum will provide advice to the City’s Municipal Planning Commission and City council. Czaban said the forum will establish how often it will meet but he expects the time commitment would be one meeting a quarter plus preparation time.

Utz said the City is actively seeking members for the forum. Membership will include three residents-at-large, three members from the development industry, three from the business community and one member from the Village community association. Staff from planning and development will sit on the forum but will be non-voting. The forum will report to the manager of community growth. Applications are being accepted until Feb. 12.

Utz said he expects the resident-at-large members will come from a wide range of backgrounds and a diverse set of skills.

“I think we’re looking for those who have a general interest in LUB development issues,” he said. “It’s not a specific skill set. We’re looking for people who have an interest in the community and want to volunteer to help shape our response to emerging development issues.”

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