The municipal councils for Vulcan County and the Village of Arrowwood have given First Reading to the enacting bylaws for their Intermunicipal Development Plan. Vulcan County Council addressed this item in August followed by the Village Council in September.

The plan sets out a collaborative development strategy. While public consultation was sought in the development and negotiation phase of this draft plan, there is a legislated requirement for each council to undertake an advertised Public Hearing prior to considering Second and Third Reading of their enacting bylaws to finalize it.

Public Hearing at Vulcan County for Bylaw 2020-021 will occur on October 7, 2020, at 11:15 AM in the Vulcan County Council Chambers. It received First Reading on August 19, 2020.

Public Hearing at Village of Arrowwood for Bylaw 477 will occur on October 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM in the Village Office. It received First Reading on September 8, 2020.

Participation in Public Hearings at Vulcan County Council is explained HERE. Similarly, participation in Public Hearings at the Village of Arrowwood can be requested by contacting the Chief Administrative Officer.

This document covers a number of planning matters, including transportation and community growth initiatives, among others. Concerns were raised during initial public consultation regarding the Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) exclusion zone, building upon the planning framework already established by Vulcan County’s Municipal Development Plan of 2012. As a result of this consultation, section 2.5.3 (on page 10) was added, making the future potential to amend these exclusion zones clear. Ultimately, jurisdiction over CFOs rests with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) and their standards regarding size, scale and environmental impact. While the NRCB will consider planning input from municipalities, it will give more weight to  plans formally adhered to after a public hearing and bylaw process rather than less-formalized responses that are reactionary toward specific applications.  The NRCB deliberates upon and decides each CFO application that comes before it, as well as standards of development that will mitigate environmental impact.

The final draft of the Intermunicipal Development Plan can be downloaded, HERE, as well as viewed below.

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