Public Consultation in the Special Areas
The Special Areas Board recognizes the value of public consultation as a part of the municipal decision-making process and is committed to creating opportunities for meaningful public participation in municipal decisions that directly impact the public.
The Special Areas Board recognizes good governance includes engaging with Municipal Stakeholders through:
-Creating opportunities for those individuals who would be affected by a decision to influence the decision;
-Promoting sustainable decisions by recognizing various stakeholder interests;
-Providing stakeholders with the appropriate information and tools to engage in meaningful participation; and
-Facilitating public participation for matters beyond those where public input is statutorily required to enrich the municipal decision-making process.
The key principles of engagement which frame public consultation in the Special Areas are:
-Clarity - what is and what is not a part of the consultation process will be clearly outlined to help understand the decision-making process
-Accountability - the information gathered as a part of public consultations will be used to guide the municipal decision-making process
-Transparency - the information gathered as a part of public consultations will be documented, reviewed and shared with the public when appropriate
-Respectful - the process will be based on respectful interactions and communications by all participants
-Responsive - the Special Areas is committed to being accessible and responsive to concerns
To learn more about public consultation and participation in the Special Areas, check out the Special Areas Board Public Participation Policy
Animal Control Order
In response to ratepayer concerns related to animal control in the Special Areas, the Special Areas Board consulted with the public on the development of the Special Areas Animal Control Order.
The purpose of the Animal Control Order is for Enforcement Officers (including RCMP, Fish & Wildlife, and Peace Officers) to have a clear, understandable, and effective tool to use when responding to animal control concerns in the Special Areas. The Animal Control Order is consistent with Animal Control Bylaws in place in other rural Alberta municipalities, including Wheatland County, Starland County, Kneehill County, Cypress County, and Stettler County.
The first reading of the proposed Animal Control Order occurred on July 24, 2018 at the Special Areas Board meeting held in Consort, Alberta. A public hearing was held on September 25, 2018 at the Special Areas Board Office in Hanna, Alberta. After the public hearing was adjourned, the Special Areas Board amended the proposed Animal Control Order as a result of the public feedback received. The proposed Animal Control Order was read a second time by the Special Areas Board on September 25, 2018 at the Special Areas Board meeting held in Hanna, Alberta.
The Special Areas Board recommended the proposed Animal Control Order be approved and signed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the Special Areas Animal Control Order was signed on February 5, 2019.
The Special Areas Animal Control Order is in effect as of February 5, 2019.