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Cemetery Bylaw Update- Public Engagement

Cemetery Services March 1, 2019

Cemetery Bylaw - Public Engagement

We have a Bylaw

The City of Lethbridge provides the regulations of the Public Cemeteries under Cemetery Bylaw # 5004 (1998), amended February 4, 2019 for the 2019-2022 Cemetery Fees and Charges as approved in the 2019-2022 Budget.

We are making changes

With the growth of City Cemeteries into 4 sites, the Cemetery Master Plan (2011) identified the cemeteries as a cemetery system rather than a collection of individual cemeteries.

The following Cemeteries will be affected under the new proposed cemetery bylaw:

 Archmount Cemetery

 Mountain View Cemetery

 Royal View Memorial Cemetery

 St. Patrick’s Cemetery

The reason for the review of the Bylaw

The current bylaw is based on an operations model rather than a governance model. A switch to a governance model will allow for our Cemeteries to respond and operate in a more efficient matter and to provide better Customer/Public service.

The Bylaw remains consistent with the City’s Parks Bylaw

Cemetery Services uses the City’s Parks Bylaw as a template for the proposed new Cemetery Bylaw. It follows the same structure and principles.

The same rules apply as before

The new proposed Cemetery Bylaw has removed the majority of the operations related rules and procedures. They have been placed in a new Cemetery Regulations document as stated in the proposed new Cemetery Bylaw.

The same rules or concepts still apply for the Cemetery as before but with clarifications and easily understood language.

We will continue to follow the permitting system where we will continue to work with our families and the community to provide the best possible service for their cemetery and interment needs.

The Bylaw aligns with what other municipalities have

The major cities in Alberta such as Calgary and Edmonton are currently using a governance bylaw model for their cemeteries where their cemeteries bylaws are a part of their Parks or Open Space Bylaw. We considered that option but have opted to keep the cemetery bylaw as the present stand-alone. This will allow our Parks and Cemeteries Bylaws to have greater flexibility and address specific issues.

Our current bylaw is more suited to smaller cemetery operations. It has been used as a template for many other cemeteries and communities.

How, if anything, does the bylaw impacts Stakeholders/Community directly

Cemetery stakeholders and the Community should not see any effects with the implementation of the new proposed Cemetery Bylaw and Regulations. The process for resolving issues will be clearer as it will outline the procedure or steps to follow. Ultimately just like before, City Council will have final approval.

The timing when the changes go to City Council for approval and the new bylaw is in place

Cemetery Services proposes to go to City Council for approval in approximately 2-3 months after the community and stakeholders has had an opportunity to read the new proposed Cemetery Bylaw and Regulations and provide feedback. Cemetery Services would like to have feedback by May 31, 2019.

  Click to View Draft of Regulations: City of Lethbridge Cemetery Regulations.pdf

  Click to View Draft of Bylaws: Bylaw of the City of Lethbridge Public Cemeteries Draft.pdf

 To provide feedback email cemeteries@lethbridge.ca