September 8, 2020
Jim Genge, Senior Planner, provided a presentation to City Council on Bylaw #4634, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the City of Medicine Hat Land Use Bylaw. The presentation highlighted some of the proposed amendments, including allowing the temporary use of a shipping container in any land use district for a single period of no more than 30 days in one calendar year, and decreasing minimum site width for single detached houses. These proposed changes – as well as others – are the result of ongoing reviews of the bylaw to make improvements to land use regulations and better align with Alberta Building Safety Codes. The changes will also improve alignment with the Municipal Development Plan and Municipal Government Act and support emerging development trends. First reading of Bylaw #4634 was given on August 17, 2020.
General Manager of Planning and Development Services, Kent Snyder provided a presentation on Bylaw #4635, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the City of Medicine Hat Land Use Bylaw. Mr. Snyder explained that the property owners are proposing an amendment to rezone the subject land (352, 354 & 358, 360 & 364, 366 Ranchlands Blvd NE) from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential to build structures with four dwelling units, similar to a duplex with each half having a basement suite. First reading of Bylaw #4635 was given on August 17, 2020.
Following a public hearing, City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4634.
Following a public hearing, City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4635.
Through Public Services Committee, City Council received for information the Senior Services Consultation Report.
Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to schedule a public hearing with respect to a proposed agreement that would provide a partial tax exemption to the property owner of 110, 1380 22 Street SE. The owner has submitted a request for exemption based on the Brownfield Tax Incentive, which allows for multi-year tax exemptions on commercial or industrial property (other than designated industrial property) that is all of the following:
- contaminated or possibly contaminated,
- vacant, derelict or under-utilized; and
- suitable for development or redevelopment for the general benefit of the municipality when a brownfield agreement is entered into or a brownfield bylaw is passed.
Incentivizing brownfield property redevelopment encourages community revitalization and environmental remediation efforts. The owner intends to develop a car wash on the property.
Also through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to option 672 11 Avenue SW to Auto-Star Compusystems Inc. If Auto-Star exercises the option, the City will receive $926,000 from the sale of the property. Additionally, the City will receive an option fee of $2,000 for each one-year option (for up to three years).
City Council received for information the Mid-Year Report from the Destination Marketing Organization. The report outlined the numerous initiatives launched this year to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on local tourism.
City Council received for information the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of July 23, 2020.
City Council received for information the minutes of the Heritage Resources Committee meeting of August 11, 2020.
City Council received for information the minutes of the Police Commission meeting of August 20, 2020.
Under New Bylaws, City Council passed 1st reading of Bylaw #4636, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to adopt a new Municipal Development Plan. The MyMH Master Plan was prepared in consultation with numerous stakeholders including school authorities, adjacent municipalities, and community members at large. A public hearing will be held at the October 5 meeting of City Council.
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