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

Current Public Consultations

There are no active public consultations at this time.

Public Consultations - Under Review

Community Pasture Policy

In response to ratepayer concerns related to the current community pasture policy, the Special Areas Advisory Council has created a committee to develop a new policy. The Community Pasture Policy Review Committee included members from both the Advisory Council and Special Areas administration. Both patron and non-patron viewpoints are represented on the committee.

The committee is looking for feedback on the current community pasture policy from all Special Areas residents. Trent Caskey, Chair of the Community Pasture Policy Review Committee, outlines the public consultation here.

All phone calls and in-person meetings will be documented; however, only feedback provided through the three ways outlined below will be included in the report to the committee. You have until July 2, 2019 to provide formal feedback to the committee. You can provide feedback through:

- the online survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPW5Z8Z

- email to public.input@specialareas.ab.ca, or

- written response (via mail) to our Communications Officer at:
Special Areas Board
Box 820
Hanna, AB T0J 1P0
Attn: Maeghan Chostner, Communications Officer

Current CP policy

CP buffer zones

When do I need to give feedback by?

Feedback needs to be received by July 2, 2019 @ 4:30 pm.

How can I provide feedback?

If you would like to provide feedback, there are a few ways you can share your thoughts.

From May 27 to July 2, 2019 feedback is being received through an online survey, email, and written submission.

-Online Survey: located at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPW5Z8Z

-Email: comments can be sent to public.input@specialareas.ab.ca. You will need to include your full name, physical address, and contact information in your email.

-Written Submission: submissions can be sent to the address below.

Maeghan Chostner, Communications
Special Areas Board
Box 820
Hanna, AB  T0J 1P0
Attn: Community Pasture Policy – Public Consultation

How do I know you received my feedback?

You will receive confirmation of your written submission once it has been received.

How do I find out the results of this public consultation?

Public feedback collected as a part of this consultation process will be summarized in an interim report. This report will include comments and feedback, but will not include personal information. This report will be provided to the Community Pasture Policy Review Committee.

The final report on public consultation for the Community Pasture Policy will be available here when complete.

Public Consultations - Completed

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.

When did I need to give feedback by?

Written feedback needed to be received by September 21, 2018 @ 4:30 pm.

Submissions and oral presentations were heard by the Special Areas Board at the Public Hearing on September 25, 2018 @ 10:30 am. Notice of the Public Hearing was be published in local newspapers the weeks of September 10 & 17.

How was feedback provided?

If you chose  to provide feedback, there were a few ways you could share your thoughts with the Special Areas Board.

From August 22 to September 21, comments were submitted via email, written submission, over the phone, or in-person.

-Email: comments were sent to public.input@specialareas.ab.ca. You need to include your full name, physical address, and contact information in your email.

-Written Submission: submissions were sent to the address below.

Jordon Christianson, Chair
Special Areas Board
Box 820
Hanna, AB  T0J 1P0
Attn: Animal Control Order – Public Consultation

-Phone: local Area Administrators were available to discuss this public consultation.

-Special Area No. 2 – Brett Richards – (403) 854-5625
-Special Area No. 3 – Darran Dick – (403) 664-3618
-Special Are No. 4 – Corinne Kelts – (403) 577-3523

Comments were recorded and included in the interim public consultation report.

-In Person: local District Office during regular office hours.

-Special Area No. 2 – Hanna, AB – 212-2nd Ave. W
-Special Area No. 3 – Oyen, AB – 319 Main St.
-Special Area No. 4 – Consort, AB – 4916-50th St.

How did I know you received my feedback?

You received confirmation of your written submission once it has been received.

How do I find out the results of this public consultation?

Public feedback collected as a part of this consultation process was be summarized in an interim report presented to the Special Areas Board ahead of the September 25, 2018 public meeting.

The minutes of the September 25, 2018 public hearing are available for review here.

The final report on public consultation for the Animal Control Order is available here.