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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Village of Forestburg
Bylaw 1:2017 – Village of Forestburg and Flagstaff County Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw
In accordance with the requirements of Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act S.A. 2000, as amended, the Council of the Village of Forestburg has scheduled a Public Hearing for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Village of Forestburg Administration Office, 4902 – 50 Street, Forestburg, AB regarding the proposed adoption of Bylaw 1:2017 – Village of Forestburg and Flagstaff County Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw.
The purpose of the Intermunicipal Development Plan will be to ensure that a coordinated and cooperative approach is in place for managing the use and development of lands adjacent to the boundary of Forestburg, within Flagstaff County.
Persons wishing to make representation to Council on this matter are requested to advise the undersigned no later than 12:00 noon on June 20, 2017. Written submissions and those persons who have advised of their wish to speak will be heard first, and other submissions will follow.
The proposed bylaw may be inspected at the Village of Forestburg administration office during regular business hours (8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday) or on our website www.forestburg.ca.
For further information please contact:
Debra Moffatt, CAO
Village of Forestburg
PO Box 210   4902 – 50 Street
Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0
Ph: 780-582-3668    Fax: 780-582-2233
Email: cao@forestburg.ca.

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May 9, 2017     Headline: Economic Future Needs Citizen Input
 

The Economic Opportunities Taskforce has retained Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a review and analysis of the social and economic impacts expected to accrue from the potential closures of the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine. The study (Opportunities and Impact Study) will also include thoughts and recommendations for economic revitalization and transition.   An important step in this effort includes a series of town hall meetings and one on one interviews organized for the week of May 15 – 18, 2017. These meetings and interviews will serve to introduce the project to the public; solicit individual thoughts on the potential impacts of pending changes; and invite and share ideas for transitioning the region forward. 

The four town hall meetings have been scheduled as follows.  Each is scheduled to run approximately 2 hours.

In Castor at the Royal Canadian Legion located on Main Street across from the Home Hardware, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:30pm and at 5:30pm.

In Forestburg at the Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility, 4101, 49 Street located in the Industrial park area, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:30pm and at 5:30pm.

The study approach facilitated by Urban Systems Ltd. under the guidance of the Economic Opportunities Taskforce emphasizes and affirms the well documented development principle that every successful transition effort is premised first and foremost on the input and participation of a broad spectrum of the public. It is important that local citizens play a meaningful role in the deliberations, discussions, decision-making and/or implementation of projects or programs affecting the community and region they live in.

While these initial consultations with local citizens and stakeholders will not be the only occasion nor opportunity for public input, they are an important beginning.  Local citizens from the region are being encouraged to attend. 

For further information on the Study and Town Hall meetings contact your local government offices as follows:

Town of Castor

Sandi Jackson, C.A.O.

Phone: 403-882-3215

Fax: 403-882-2700

email: sandi@townofcastor.ca

Village of Forestburg

Ken Van Luven, Ec Dev

Phone: 780-582-3668

Fax: 780-582-2233

Email: ecdev@forestburg.ca


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Region Looks to the Economic Future  

April 27, 2017 

Given the appreciation that both the ATCO Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine are undergoing considerable transitions, the local governments within the region have created an Economic Opportunities Taskforce. The Economic Opportunities Taskforce was formed in 2016 and consists of representation from the County of Paintearth No. 18, Flagstaff County, the Towns of Castor and Coronation and the Villages of Forestburg and Halkirk. With the support of the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta, the Taskforce is focusing its immediate efforts to work with industry and citizens to gain a clearer picture of the short and long term impacts of the closure of the power generating station and the coal mine, as well as identify potential economic development opportunities for the region that will help the region successfully transition. “It is critical that we work as a region to fully understand the impacts and inventory our collective assets that can assist us in ensuring we have a vibrant and sustainable future for our region” says Peter Miller, Mayor Village of Forestburg.  

In order to do this the Taskforce has engaged Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a review and analysis of the social and economic impacts expected to accrue from the potential closures of the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine.  From this base Urban Systems has also been asked to work with the communities in undertaking regional strengths and opportunity identification exercise that can be used as a foundation for transitioning the region forward.  The team assembled by Urban Systems Ltd. brings to the table an unmatched base of both domestic and international experience and expertise in finance, economics, and planning.  They are very familiar with the region and have proven successes in undertaking similar assignments. “While the changes, the region is undergoing can be very intimidating, it is important to remember the region has many significant assets that it can build on” stated Wayne Robert, Project Lead Urban Systems Ltd. Robert also points out “it is very encouraging to see that both the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine are heavily engaged in the conversation and are committed to working with the region through the transition.”

Over the next few months the team assembled by Urban Systems Ltd. will be working closely with the Economic Opportunities Taskforce.  While the project will extend to mid-September 2017, some of the immediate steps will include a compilation and review of relevant socio-economic information; the preparation of an impact logic format to separate out specific impact categories; and collection of information on local assets and opportunities.  Urban Systems Ltd understands very well that the effort they undertake will need to be inclusive and transparent; the investigations comprehensive; and the outputs realistic and relevant.

For this exercise to be successful it will require the input and participation of a broad spectrum of local citizens, business and service providers.  Therefore, over the next two months various consultations will get underway, such as one on one interviews; public forums; and an on-line survey to assist the team in better understanding the realities of the region and the possibilities for a more prosperous and sustainable future. 

Contact for more info:
Ken Van Luven, Ec Dev
Village of Forestburg
PO Box 210, Forestburg, AB, T0B 1N0
Tel:  780-582-3668   Fax:  780-582-2233

   
The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.
 


 

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