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Council will determine vision for Fort Macleod

Mayor Rene Gendre

Mayor Rene Gendre

Town council will develop its vision for Fort Macleod before updating two key planning documents.
Council decided last week it needs its vision in place before rewriting the land use by-law and municipal development plan.
Coun. Mike Collar urged council to put together a list of priorities for the town and make it available to the Oldman River Regional Services Commission and anyone involved with planning for Fort Macleod.
“Otherwise their plan doesn’t reflect what we want,” Collar said.
Mayor Rene Gendre liked the idea of creating a strategic plan or vision for the community.
“How do we set a budget if we don’t have a strategic plan?” Gendre asked.
The issue came up Feb. 24 when Town of Fort Macleod municipal manager David Connauton raised the issue of rewriting the municipal development plan and the land use by-law.
Connauton said the municipal development plan, which is a 20-year plan for growth, is due for review.
The land use by-law, Connauton said, needs to be completely rewritten.
Connauton said council does not need those documents to prepare a budget.
“I just can’t see for the life of me how we can sit down and go through the budget . . . without saying this is the vision we have for our town,” Gendre said.
Gendre said the vision should also shape the two planning documents.
The mayor suggested if each council member submitted a list of priorities, he would compile it for discussion by the entire council.
“It won’t take long — one meeting,” Gendre said.
Council was asked to submit their lists by the end of last week, with a meeting planned for March 4.
“I just think it’s extremely important to know where we’re headed,” Gendre said.
Council also decided to approve a review of the municipal development plan and a rewrite of the land use by-law

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