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Cemetery Bylaw Update- Public Engagement 2

Cemetery Services                                                                       January 15, 2020

Cemetery Bylaw - Public Engagement #2

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We have a Cemetery 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.  

 

We are making more changes after the initial Public Engagement

The feedback that we received when we first posted the draft of the new proposed Cemetery Bylaw back in March of 2019 has led us back to revisiting the proposed Cemetery Bylaw from a previously explored perspective. In the initial draft, we chose to keep the proposed Cemetery Bylaw as a separate document. We had followed the Parks Bylaw as a template and followed most if not all of their rules to keep a City wide consistency.

The question was raised why not just use the Parks Bylaw similar to what other municipalities are doing if you're following the Parks Bylaw anyways as was stated in the initial public engagement. One less legal document for the community…where less is more and probably better from a community perspective rather than an administrative, especially if it's working well in other communities with large cemetery operations (Calgary and Edmonton).

We are now proposing a new amendment to the Parks Bylaw to include Cemeteries as most consider the Cemeteries to be "specialized" parks.  

 

Will the same rules apply as before

Same as before, with the new proposed amended Parks Bylaw, the operations related rules and procedures for the Cemetery will be moved to a Cemetery Regulations document.

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

Similar to Parks, 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.

 

How, if anything, does the amended Parks Bylaw impacts Stakeholders/Community for their Cemetery needs

Cemetery stakeholders and the Community should not see any effects with the implementation of the new proposed Parks Bylaw and Cemetery Regulations. Any specifics/differences will be outlined in the Cemetery Regulations as well as the process for resolving issues will be clearer. The City Manager will be able to deal with Cemetery Regulations issues and 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 look at the new proposed amended Parks Bylaw and Cemetery Regulations and provide feedback once again. Cemetery Services would like to have feedback by the end of March 2020.

  Click to View Parks Bylaw: Parks Bylaw.pdf

  Click to View Parks Amending Bylaw: Parks Amending Bylaw.pdf

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