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City Council Highlights - June 25, 2018

2018 census shows Lethbridge population inching closer to 100,000

Official 2018 census numbers were announced showing that the Lethbridge population has grown to 99,769, an increase of 1,571 (1.6 per cent) from the previous year's municipal census number.

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Bylaw change sets out where retail cannabis stores can be located

City Council approved changes to the Land Use Bylaw that set out where retail cannabis stores will be allowed to locate when recreational cannabis becomes legal in October. The changes will make retail cannabis stores a permitted use within five types of commercial districts in the city, provided they are located at least 100 metres from the property lines of any schools, future school sites or provincial health care facilities. Cannabis retailers will have to meet all provincial licensing requirements by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) in order to receive municipal development approval to operate.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approve changes to the Land Use Bylaw that introduce "Retail Cannabis Store" as a permitted use within 5 types of commercial zones, provided the exterior walls of such stores are at least 100 metres from the boundary of any school, future school site, or provincial health care facility.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Crowson
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

None
Absent: B. Hyggen & J. Mauro

Initial cost-neutral Transit routing strategy changes approved

Council members approved the implementation of a number of initial cost-neutral changes that are part of the Lethbridge Transit 10-Year Strategic Routing Implementation Plan. These include shortening of Route 22S, adding a new south route through the Fairmont and Six Mile neighbourhoods, and making Route 32 bi-directional. Other proposed changes in the plan were referred to the 2019-2022 Operating Budget deliberations this November.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approve the implementation of the cost-neutral items in the Lethbridge Transit 10-Year Strategic Routing Implementation Plan and that the updated plan be referred to the 2019-2022 Operating Budget deliberations.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Crowson
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

None
Absent: B. Hyggen & J. Mauro

Reconciliation advisory committee receives initial funding

City Council approved a request for $25,000 in one-time funding for the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee, funded from the Council Committees budget. A request for $50,000 in annual funding in future years was referred for consideration in the 2019-2022 Operating Budget deliberations in November.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

To approved the request from the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee for $25,000 in one-time funding from the Council Committees budget;
And that the request for $50,000 in annual funding in future years  be referred to the 2019-2022 Operating Budget deliberations.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Crowson
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

None
Absent: B. Hyggen & J. Mauro

Council advocates introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility in Alberta

Council members unanimously supported a resolution to encouraged the Alberta Government to establish Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Alberta. Doing so would shift the responsibility and costs of recycling to producers of consumer products from local governments.

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