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Council designates land for police college

Fort Macleod has a spot picked out for Alberta’s new police college.
Town council Dec. 12 rezoned 320 acres in southeast Fort Macleod to police college direct control, from agricultural/industrial zoning.
“This is a big portion of the project,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “That land is zoned agricultural and we have to rezone it to make it work. We don’t believe it’s going to have any negative impact on the adjacent land owners.”
Fort Macleod is one of more than 20 Alberta communities bidding to become the site for the new provincial police college.
Council gave first reading Nov. 28 to the zoning by-law for the south half of 6-9-25W4M and then advertised the public hearing held two weeks later in council chambers.
“I have not received any written responses,” said Lane McLaren, municipal manager for the Town of Fort Macleod. “No one has come in to the office, and I’ve had no phone calls.”
The police college will be the training site of an estimated 1,500 police and peace officers each year, and the facility is expected to be used for professional development and as a centre of excellence for police forces.
The college will create 100 permanent jobs in the community that wins the bid.
Adjacent land owners John and Joe Van Driesten attended the public hearing, not with objections but rather a desire to learn more about the project.
“Who’s first? Who’s last?” John Van Driesten asked. “What’s going to happen.”
The Van Driestens have a hog operation on their land and wanted some assurances their business won’t be affected by new neighbours complaining about the smell of the hogs.
McLaren said their land is zoned for agricultural purposes, and there will be no reason to change that zoning.
“I think the broad approach is it won’t affect anything anyone is doing there today,” Patience said.
The mayor told the Van Driestens the police college will change the area.
“It will be a different neighbour in the neighbourhood,” Patience said. “There will be more traffic.”
After reassuring the Van Driestens, McLaren told them change is inevitable.
“One of these days that land will be used for something other than agriculture,” McLaren said of the proposed police college site. “The use of that piece will change eventually, we hope.”
The Van Driestens offered council their support for the bid.
“The town needs something like this,” John Van Driesten said.
Following the public hearing, council gave second and third readings to the zoning by-law.

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Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college